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As Signature Hunt Continues For Ballot Access, Ganim Highlights Development Advancement

June 3rd, 2018 · 18 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events, State Politics

If you’re going to resonate as a candidate, showing development progress as an incumbent is a must. Mayor Joe Ganim provides a construction view glimpse of the Dockmaster Building rising along Steelpointe Harbor, the latest phase of the East Side redevelopment area that will include a marina and raw-bar restaurant opening onto the Harborwalk.

Dockmaster Building

Rendering of Dockmaster Building and Harborwalk.

“Good stuff for Bridgeport, but good stuff for Connecticut,” says Ganim into the camera, trying to bolster his Runyonesque run for governor against Democratic-endorsed Ned Lamont, the wealthy Greenwich entrepreneur. Ganim’s campaign operation is hustling signatures to qualify for an August primary. If the campaign is successful in its labor-intensive quest it will be the first to do so for governor since establishment of Connecticut’s direct primary process about 15 years ago that allows ballot access to gubernatorial candidates who secure signatures from two percent of the party electorate, in this case approximately 15,500 verified Democratic signatures. Retired corporate executive Guy Smith is also trying on the Democratic side, as well as several Republican candidates.

Ganim fell short of the 15 percent delegate support at the Democratic convention a few weeks ago to tap an automatic ballot spot so the signature route is the only other avenue to forge a primary. June 12 is the deadline to submit signatures. His campaign operation will file more than 20,000 signatures to various municipal registrar offices around the state, a cushion to account for invalidated signatures from individuals who may be unaffiliated or not on the voter registration lists.

If he qualifies for the ballot, money will be an issue for Ganim. The self-funding Lamont will outspend him heavily.

As for Steelpointe Harbor, the Dockmaster Building, expected to be completed this year, will be 48,000 square feet featuring the office of the marina on the first floor along with a raw-bar restaurant opening onto the Harborwalk, says Robert Christoph Jr., a principal with Bridgeport Landing Development that owns the project. The restaurant and 200-slip marina will open spring 2019. Boat shows and fishing tournaments will come alive along the waterfront.

Two new travel lifts on the site called Bridgeport Shipyard are capable of lifting most ships that ply Long Island Sound out of the water for storage, upgrades and inspections. The Bridgeport Shipyard house and maintain both commercial and recreational vessels.

“This will bring local jobs and serve as a good economic stimulus for Bridgeport making it a premier destination,” says Christoph.

The first phase of the residential building, located behind the Dockmaster Building in the corridor bordered by Stratford Avenue, Pembroke and East Main Streets, is scheduled to break ground later this year with an 18-month construction timeline. The residential building is being designed with underground parking, retail at ground level and approximately 200 residential units above it.

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  • Andrew C Fardy

    LISTEN YOU FUCKING PECKER HEAD WE HAVE HAD THE AREA WHERE STEEL POINT IS SLOWLY DEVELOPING AND BY SLOW i MEAN SLOW. THAT AREA HAD ALL OF ITS FORMER RESIDENTS REMOVED AND THEIR HOMES DEMOLISHED MORE THAN 20 YEARS AGO AND NOTHING UNTIL RECENTLY HAS BEEN BUILT THERE. THERE HAVE BEEN NO TAXES COLLECTED FOR OVER 20 YEARS. JOE YOU ARE FULL OFSHIT YOU DID NOT DEVELOP ANYTHING HERE.

  • Harvey Weintraub

    What the hell?? Joe didn’t get any of that going,that was in the plans years ago.What a scumbag,one lie after another.
    Joe you’re not fooling anyone..

  • Frank Gyure

    This looks like an ad for Joe Ganim. Who cares about how many signatures Ganim gets. Ganim is a loser. And that honest truth will start to become evident very soon.

  • Ron Mackey

    I guess Joe Ganim was to busy getting signatures to get on the ballot to run for governor that he couldn’t join Stamford Rep. William Tong, who is vying for state attorney general, and Newtown labor organizer Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, who is running for the state Democratic Party’s nomination for lieutenant governor joined New Haven State Reps Toni Walker and Robyn Porter in handing out free books to children in support of the local literacy tutoring organization, New Haven Reads.

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  • Frank Gyure

    How about dredging Bridgeport Harbor. That seems to have been forgotten in this article.

    • John Marshall Lee

      That is something that the Port Authority Commission keeps track of. But Ganim2 has let down the City because there is only one of three volunteer civilian members of this Commission actually serving. Yet the Port Authority has not had a fiscal report out for eight years? Yet when property was sold in the past year, the City received the funds because of money advanced but no shown in a report? And no one asked for an audited version because of expense, but millions can get transferred? Something smell here? Not the red tide or low tide! Not a menhaden kill. City practices? Time will tell.

  • Frank Gyure

    OIB told us about the magical prowess of Mario Testa as he would wheel and deal using BPT’s delegates at the State Democratic Convention. Both Testa and Ganim were poison and both went nowhere.

  • Frank Gyure

    Joe Ganim wants his law license because he will need income when he becomes unemployed on December 1st,2019.

  • Frank Gyure

    How about the hotel that was planned for Steelpont. How about the luxe theaters. How about Buster’s. So the Christoph’s will move their office from Middle St to the new building in Steelpont. That will just create another vacancy on Middle St.

  • Frank Gyure

    Joe Ganim’s mayoralty has been nothing more than a PR parade.

  • Stringfellow

    Mr. Gyure,

    You are so right with your posts, the dredging question has been around over twenty years. There was no need to build another hotel considering the Holiday Inn is seldom if ever full. You can stand in the parking lot of Bass Pro and look at the back of the Holiday Inn. The idea of a second hotel was just as bad as the Dave and Busters that went to Milford.

    The movie theater was just as bad considering it was a luxury theater where they served you food in your seat. Bridgeport is not the market for this in my opinion. These days people can watch almost any movie from a table, phone or fire stick.

    Both of these venues would soon loose money no matter what you did there. Dave and Busters would become a hangout where the cops would be there breaking up fights and other chaos every day. This would be equally bad for business.

    I am not too sure of the Dockmaster building considering it will only serve a small amount of the population. Not everyone has a boat, or goes fishing nor can they afford the office space or an apartment and what is a raw bar going to do? I glad something is going there but what is needed is something that will do more for the city and it’s citizens.

    The casino looks like it’s dead so it’s time to come up with another plan that people can agree on and a better fit for the city.

    I wonder if anyone has spoken to RD Scinto?

    It would be a real shame of remainer of the property sits empty for another twenty years or so but it sure looks that way.

  • The Bridgeport Kid

    I give 8-5 odds Little Stevie will be weighing in to tell us all how fabulous Little Joe is.

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