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Entries Categorized as 'Development and Zoning'

The Trefz Touch: ‘Damn It, Ernie, You Can Have My (Bleeping) Tootsie Roll Too’

February 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Development and Zoning

When it came to the art of negotiation, Bridgeport business leader Ernie Trefz was a marvel. Almost everything with Ernie who died Saturday morning was subject to give and take. (Trefz services here.) Former Bridgeport Economic Development Director Mike Freimuth, now executive director of the Capital Regional Development Authority, was sometimes on the other side […]

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MGM Resorts Executive: Stick A Third Casino In Bridgeport – Tribes Select East Windsor

February 27th, 2017 · 28 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

Update here. As the battle wages for turf, money and legislative votes in the high stakes location for a third casino in Connecticut, David Collins of The Day shares that Uri Clinton, senior vice president at MGM Resorts International building a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, rolls a compelling argument–trying to derail a competing northern Connecticut casino–that […]

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A ‘Horatio Alger’ Career–Business Titan Ernie Trefz

February 26th, 2017 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, Education, News and Events

Ernie Trefz, a Bridgeport business community titan for decades whose Downtown-based Trefz Corporation owned dozens of McDonalds franchises, commercial real estate and apartment buildings, passed away Saturday morning. He was a major benefactor of the University of Bridgeport including a business school named for him. He was 84.

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Ganim Wants Bridgeport To Be Regional Distribution Hub For Tesla

February 23rd, 2017 · 14 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

Mayor Joe Ganim is trying to position the city as the regional distribution hub for automaker Tesla. On Wednesday the mayor submitted testimony to the state legislature’s Transportation Committee. “I told the Tesla executives when we met, I would strongly advocate for Bridgeport and our growing green-tech and clean energy industry sector to be the […]

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City Reaches Tax Settlement With Trash-To-Energy Plant

February 22nd, 2017 · 7 Comments · City Budget, Development and Zoning, News and Events

The city has resolved a 10-year assessment battle with Wheelabrator Bridgeport, the waste-to-energy facility in Bridgeport’s West End serving 25 municipalities in three Connecticut counties. The settlement ends a tax appeal lawsuit that made its way through various state courts in which Wheelabrator asserted a “grossly inflated valuation that the city simply fabricated.” For background […]

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Ganim Supports Mixed Martial Arts For Webster Bank Arena

February 21st, 2017 · 8 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

Mayor Joe Ganim on Tuesday testified before the state legislature’s Public Safety Committee in support of Mixed Martial Arts matches taking place at the Webster Bank Arena, declaring “Those professional bouts filling up the arenas at the XL Center in Hartford and the Webster Arena in Bridgeport can add up to millions of dollars in […]

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Is The Train A Gain For City?

February 17th, 2017 · 22 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

In a commentary published first by the CT Post, commuter advocate Jim Cameron wonders if the brakes should be slammed on the proposed $300 million train station for the East Side advanced under the mayoral administration of Bill Finch. Note to Cameron: Bridgeport was never called the “Brass City” (although Bridgeport Brass was located there) and […]

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How Bridgeport Avoids Economic Entropy (Disorder)

February 9th, 2017 · 4 Comments · Development and Zoning

When the snow’s piling so high your shovel-shaken joints can’t take it anymore you’ve reached a state of entropy; when the federal political system implodes under a rant of presidential tweets it can only lead to entropy; when your decaying mind cannot noodle a lucid idea for readers you’ve reached a state of entropy. Only […]

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