When I'm travelling I often like to compare my environs with B'game. So I spent the afternoon reacquainting myself with Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich, CT. Greenwich is a bit more upscale than B'game, but if Hillsborough had not seceded years ago our combined demographics would be pretty close--and Hill People do think of the Avenew as their downtown.
Greenwich Avenue has a lot of similarities to our Avenue. An old, even historic, train stop anchors one end and the other end goes up hill to very, very pricey residential neighborhoods. It has the obligatory new Apple store, Sephora, Talbots, Lululemon, various upscale womens' clothing stores and nice restaurants. It also had a very traditional post office sitting on pricey real estate shown here
This location was closed in March and moved off the Avenue to a much less expensive, leased location a couple blocks away. Here is the new post office
It will be interesting to watch what happens to their old post office since Greenwich has had a Historic District around its Avenue since 1989. The Greenwich Times noted the sale in 2011 for $15 million and reported
There is no shortage of rumors about what would move into the space. Some observers speculated high-end retailers Bergdorf Goodman or Neiman Marcus would take over, but no plans are listed in the sale contract. A preservation covenant is attached to the sale of the building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The new owners must preserve the building's neoclassical facade to ensure it is still eligible to be listed on the National Register. The Connecticut Historic PresRead more:ervation and Museum Division would have to approve any changes to historic features of the property.
Looks like we are more similar to Greenwich than I thought when I started my visit this afternoon!