NORWALK, Conn. – Visitors to City Hall can now get a good idea of what The SoNo Collection will look like should General Growth Properties (GGP) be successful in building the mall planned for West Avenue in South Norwalk.
A huge model is on display in the rotunda so that the public can check it out and submit feedback, an arrangement made by Mayor Harry Rilling, according to a GGP press release. The 1-inch to 30-feet scale model shows all of the features you’ve read about, from the “jewel boxes” on West Avenue to the tubes meant to dress up the parking garage opposite Oyster Shell Park, with the staircase to the second floor opposite Reed Street and the somewhat-infamous North Water Street “tunnel.” The indoor sculpture garden recently planned for the corner adjacent to the Interstate 95 on ramp is there as well.
The SoNo Collection is a mixed-use development that calls for 700,000-plus square feet of retail space, including anchor stores Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, as well as 80 to 100 inline retail stores, a 150-room boutique hotel and public realm space on the dozen-acre site, where office space had formerly been approved as part of the development known as “95/7.”
RTKL Architects Vice President Robert Barry told Zoning Commissioners on March 3 that the base of the model would be about 5 feet by 5 feet. There was a brief discussion about where to put it, as it would be too unwieldy to carry in to committee meetings. The thought at that time was to keep it in the Planning and Zoning office, but the current location makes it more accessible.
A Zoning Commission public hearing on the proposal for The SoNo Collection is expected to be held May 4.