Interim Boat Yard Operated by Skip Gardella Will Serve Stamford’s Boating Community While Waterfront Property is Remediated and Repaired

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A new boat yard, known as Skipper Gardella's at Harbor Point, is planned to be in operation by mid May. This new boat yard will serve as an interim facility at Harbor Point, replacing the former Brewer’s Yacht Haven. The new yard will provide Stamford boaters with a range of services and equipment including fuel docks and a travel lift for hauling and launching boats.

A new boat yard serving the Stamford Harbor is planned to be in operation by mid May, subject to approval by the Zoning Board Monday night, announced Carl Kuehner III, CEO of Building and Land Technology, the developer of the City’s newly revitalized South End. With its opening timed to coincide with the start of the year’s boating season, the new facility will be known as Skipper Gardella’s at Harbor Point.

This new boat yard is designed to serve as an interim facility at Harbor Point, replacing the services lost when the former Brewer’s Yacht Haven on the site was required to close due to significant environmental and safety issues. BLT is now involved in the complex process of remediating and repairing the property. During this process, the operation of Skipper Gardella’s at Harbor Point will meet the needs of Stamford boaters by providing a range of services and equipment including fuel docks and a travel lift for hauling and launching boats.

Harbor Point is pleased to announce that Skip Gardella, a member of the Gardella family of Norwalk, has been selected to operate the interim boat yard at Harbor Point. With over 75 years of experience in serving the area’s boating community, the Gardella family is one of the region’s most successful boat yard operators, responsible for some of its largest, best-run, and most popular facilities, including Norwalk Cove Marina and its sister site Rex Marine Center.

Skip Gardella is the owner/operator of Norwalk Marine Contractors, a highly respected marine construction firm. Over the years, he and others in the Gardella family have served thousands of boaters from the area, including many from Stamford. “We are not strangers to Stamford,” said Skip Gardella. “A large percentage of our current customer base is from Stamford. The new Harbor Point location will allow us to serve them more conveniently.”

Esteemed in the boating industry, the Gardellas have earned a reputation for their expertise and devoted commitment to their clients. In recognition of their vision and dedication to the maritime community, the Gardella family was recently honored with the 2012 Beacon Award presented by the Norwalk Seaport Association. All five sons of Louis J. Gardella Sr. have worked in the family’s various marine-related businesses, and many third- and fourth-generation family members are still actively involved in the operations, which have gained regional, national, and international recognition.

About BLT

A second-generation real estate development company, Stamford-based Building and Land Technology (BLT) has completed ventures worth more than $3 billion including over 4 million square feet of commercial development and 4,000+ residential units. BLT trophy properties host the headquarters for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Gen Re, GE Commercial Finance, Diageo, GE Real Estate, Xerox, GE Energy Financial Services, IMS Health, Hewitt, Cornell University Veterinary Specialists, Design Within Reach, and Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy. BLT’s numerous commercial and residential projects total in excess of 8,000,000 square feet of development throughout Fairfield County. BLT is the developer of Harbor Point, one of the nation’s largest redevelopment projects – http://www.harborpt.com.

BLT is led by brothers Carl & Paul Kuehner, who have worked closely together for more than 20 years. Carl serves as Chief Executive officer, while Paul is the President of BLT. BLT has a vertically integrated multi-disciplinary team that can take on every aspect of a complex project, and includes experts in planning, entitlement, design, construction, leasing, management, marketing and finance.

About Harbor Point

Harbor Point, Stamford’s most dynamic neighborhood, connects the City to its revitalized waterfront and acres of newly developed parks. Home to the unique apartment rentals communities 101 Park Place (http://www.101parkplace.com), the Lofts at Yale & Towne (http://www.ytlofts.com), and The Lockworks (http://www.hplockworks.com), as well as several projects currently in development, Harbor Point is bustling with over 1,000 new residents. Together with their diverse and growing population of residents, Harbor Point has seen an influx of both large and small commercial and retail tenants including Connecticut’s first Fairway Market, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Design Within Reach, Cornell University Veterinary Specialists, Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy, Go Green Dry Cleaners, Robeks Premium Fruit Smoothies, First Niagara Bank, exhale Mind Body Studio, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, and more. Harbor Point has been awarded LEED Gold Status for leadership in environmentally-friendly neighborhood design. Visit http://www.harborpt.com to find out more.

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