This closure is sure to have a ripple effect on surrounding marinas and boatyards. Even if you don’t store your boat with Brewer’s, you may want to make sure you have properly secured storage for your own boat, as other boat owners may be trying to get into your boatyard.
Brewer’s Yacht Haven West, one of the Northeast’s largest full-service marinas with a boatyard for major winter storage, will shut down in the fall after losing its lease from a developer that plans to remediate and develop the land. Unable to gain an extended lease or purchase the 14-acre-site, Jack Brewer said he was told by Norwalk-based Building, Land & Technology two months ago that the boatyard must be off the property by Oct 31.
“We certainly would have liked to purchase the site, but the BL&T people have never told us it was for sale,” Brewer said. “We kept hoping that somehow something would work out, but about two months ago we learned we would have to get off.”
Customers who rent slips and storage from Yacht Haven West have been offered winter storage in Shelton, Mamaroneck, N.Y., and other yards operated by Brewer.
“The only thing is that it will be more inconvenient for them and maybe too inconvenient to remain with us,” Brewer said.
BL&T is the developer of Harbor Point, an 80-acre complex of residential and commercial space on the west branch of the harbor. Brewer said the disappearance of roughly 360 slips in the marina and the full service boatyard would be a blow to recreational boaters and competitive sailing contests that originate in the harbor.
“It will definitely be a major loss to the sailing community in the Northeast and the idea of Stamford having a working harbor,” Brewer said.
John Freeman, executive vice president of the Building, Land, & Technology, declined to address how BLT plans to use the site. The closure of Yacht Haven West had been anticipated as a necessary step for several years before beginning environmental remediation on the property.
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