GREENWICH — Town planning officials and the public will get their first chance to review a major building concept proposed for the north end of Greenwich.

The development scheme envisions 41 separate structures up to 50 feet tall, for a total of 456 residential units. The residences would be a mix of single-family and townhouse units at the Greenwich American Center, 1 American Lane, near King Street.

The town Planning & Zoning Commission has scheduled a preliminary discussion for 4 p.m. Tuesday for the proposal put forward by the property owner, Greenwich American. That company is affiliated with the Tishman Speyer real estate and development group.

The current proposal is only conceptual at this point, and residential construction there would require a change in the zoning regulations at the site. The development team is requesting that Planning & Zoning Commission add “attached residential dwellings” to the zoning regulations as a specially permitted use.

A special permit demands a higher level of review and scrutiny from the commission, and it gives the commissioners more leeway in their decision-making process.

The Greenwich American Center served as the corporate base for American Can Co., a consumer product and container company. It moved to the site in 1970 but relocated in the 1980s. Gordon Bunshaft, a modernist architect who created the look for the Lever House in New York City, was the architect for the main building at the site.

After American Can moved out, Greenwich’s zoning permitted only three tenants there. A decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court in the early 1990s allowed multiple tenants to move in, but did not allow for residential development.

According to changes made by the Planning & Zoning Commission in 2019, the zoning regulations at the Greenwich American Center were intended “to encourage a campus-like landscaped setting, which is protective of open space and environmental values, and produces a traffic impact commensurate with the capability of the road system to satisfactorily absorb it.”

Blue Sky Studios animation house also operated from the site until it was closed down during the COVID-19 pandemic.

rmarchant@greenwichtime.com

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