Chris Franco

How the Coronavirus is Reshaping the Real Estate Market

How is the Covid virus reshaping the Greenwich real estate market? The short answer is in many ways. We are seeing significant rises in sales of houses on larger lots reversing the trend that we saw post-Great Recession. It looks like everything old is new again and larger houses with amenities on larger lots are back in fashion. Also, rentals may be returning to something more like the early 20th Century.

Here Comes the Sun

The COVID 19 pandemic has been a huge medical challenge for Greenwich. The health care professionals at Greenwich Hospital did an amazing job working through the physical and staffing challenges of getting through the worst of the pandemic. Perhaps as difficult were the emotional challenges they experienced as well. The pandemic has left an indelible mark on our health care professionals and on our community.

Reach Out (I’ll Be There)

The COVID 19 virus has created a critical need for blood donations, and Dr. Jerome Adams, the U.S. Surgeon General, has called on Americans to donate blood. Here in Greenwich, Gary Silberberg and his team of volunteers and Red Cross personnel at the Temple Shalom blood drive have figured out a way to run an efficient drive, with the subtle atmosphere of a music festival, which makes the whole experience rewarding and enjoyable.

Coffee For Good

A new coffee shop called “Coffee For Good”, which is a joint venture of Abilis and the Second Congregational Church, will open in 2020 in a magnificent restored space on the first floor of the Solomon Mead House on the Church’s campus. Coffee For Good will be staffed by people with special needs, who will develop job skills to enable them to lead “able” lives

Emily’s Chimes

The Greenwich Point Conservancy and the Emily Catherine Fedorko Foundation have partnered to restore the fabulous musical chimes in tower of the Chimes Building at Greenwich Point. Known as “chimola”, they were manufactured in London, England in 1901, and are among the most rare and valuable chimes in the world.

No Mooring Field (For Now)

We nearly had a “stop the presses” moment this week. As we were preparing to print the paper, we received late word that Weeks Marine, of New Jersey, had pulled their permit from consideration at next week’s Stamford Harbor Management Commission meeting.
Meeks Marine had filed a permit to construct a fixed mooring field that, if completed, would have allowed six 150-foot long by 40 feet wide industrial barges to be moored simultaneously within a mile of Tod’s Point. The barges were meant to carry raw materials used to produce cement and asphalt at O&G Industries’ facility in Stamford. read more...