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City Council Approves Downtown Theater Development Plan

September 19th, 2017 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

artist rendering Poli

Artist rendering of Downtown theater proposal.

The City Council Monday night in a 13-4 vote signed off on New York-based Exact Capital’s $410 million proposal to resurrect two nostalgic Downtown theaters and former Savoy Hotel in addition to constructing more than 800 housing units along adjacent streets. The vote came without a Project Labor Agreement that had been encouraged during a public hearing two weeks ago by union activists. Instead the council adopted an amendment to urge the developer to use “reasonable efforts” to hire local and union workers.

Project Labor Agreements guarantee union jobs at prevailing wages and benefits. Council members Tom McCarthy, Scott Burns, Michelle Lyons and AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia voted against the contract, citing various concerns. McCarthy, the council president, said he could not support the contract without a PLA.

McCarthy’s council partner Jeanette Herron who’s locked in a tie with former State Rep. Robert Keeley that’s headed for a Tuesday recount following last week’s Democratic primary, voted yes arguing the economic benefits for the city were too great to turn down.

For many older city residents the Poli and Majestic theaters represent the city’s heyday as a magnet for New York’s theater and pageantry. They have been shuttered for more than 40 years. The developer is seeking financing and projects a groundbreaking for summer 2018.

Exact Capital and affiliates propose to transform the closed theaters and 200-room Savoy Hotel into a multi-purpose performing arts center involving high-rise residential towers on several Downtown parcels including Main, Water, Golden Hill, Gold, Middle and Housatonic. The Planning and Zoning Commission has approved sale of the multiple parcels associated with the project.

Three council members Alfredo Castillo, Joe Casco and Denese Taylor-Moye did not attend the vote session.

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  • The Bridgeport Kid

    Without soecific contractual obligations Exact Capital will hire whoever they please. There is no guarantee any of the construction jobs will go to Bridgeport residents.

    Next the City Council will pass out packets of Peter Popoff’s miracle spring water…

  • Frank Gyure

    This was a done deal with the die-hard City-Council puppets. Not a penny to fund this. Exact Capital needs to find other partners. What are the odds of funding from The State of Connecticut considering the budget mess now and into future as long as we can see(Of course,there is always bonding which is fast becoming a often used form of financing-but no one knows or seems to care-excuse me,there is one person who does care and asks this question. The CC puppets who voted for this and will remain on the CC from December 1st,2017 will need to explain this brainless vote.

    • Frank Gyure

      What are the odds of getting any funding from the Federal Government aka The Trump Administration. IMHO,slim to none. Trump and HUD head Ben Carson are opposed to these type of urban investments.

  • Harvey Weintraub

    Those who voted for are simply Joe’s puppets,it really doesn’t matter though,this project won’t go any further anyway,no one in their right mind will finance this…

  • Stringfellow

    Who were the four persons who were against this project?

    • Harvey Weintraub

      Tom McCarthy, Scott Burns, Michelle Lyons and AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia..
      But if this was a Finch development,McCarthy would have been fighting tooth and nail for it..lol

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