Demolition starts on lower level of iconic Stamford tower
Built nearly a half century ago amid the Urban Renewal movement, one of three Saint John towers is coming down. Lennar Multifamily Communities, which will build a 16-story apartment building on the site, began demolishing the 16-story cylindrical tower earlier this year. First came work taking down some facade elements, then a pedestrian bridge was demolished — which closed Tresser Boulevard for a day in November — and now the first-floor retail and parts of the tower are being razed. The old affordable housing tower had been vacant, its innards already scrapped away, for several years. It sat as a concrete shell until Lennar garnered approvals this fall for the new complex across from City Hall. The two other towers will remain affordable housing and money from Lennar — which bought out of providing affordable housing units in the new complex — will go toward renovating the remaining towers.