The Wall Street Neighborhood Association of Downtown Norwalk, CT has started the following petition on Change.com seeking relief from the Planners of the City of Norwalk, Norwalk Redevelopment, Mayor Harry Rilling, Citibank, and its preferred developer JHM Group, who collectively plan to demolish our beloved Garden Cinemas, to use it for required parking of the retooled Wall Street Place condominium project (aka POKO).
We have asserted that for the city to demolish this hallmark cultural destination would not only cause damage to the core of our historical neighborhood, it would have negative economic impact on the urban core community; It would inflict moral damage to a legion of loyal supporters who travel from cities far and wide neighborhood to attend Garden Cinemas, as well as to blindly overlook the needs and desires of its growing community of artists, film makers, and creative professionals.
We are asking the city to mandate JHM Group to include the Garden Cinema as part of its plans to complete Wall Street Place, whether in its current footprint, or in a new facility; to build the infrastructure of Norwalk’s growing Arts District, to allow the Garden Cinemas to remain open operated by a 501c3, allowing for 3rd party investment capital improvements of the theater.
We believe that allowing the theater to remain open and to be funded by grants and private donations will have a strong positive economic impact on the entire area of Downtown Norwalk.
Marc Alan, on behalf of the Wall Street Neighborhood Association