From Mayor Bill Finch:
On Thursday, Mayor Bill Finch will mark the beginning of demolition of the Remgrit site, the potential home of a second train station for Bridgeport. The Remgrit site (formerly Remington Arms), located on Barnum Avenue in the East Side, once housed one of the largest munitions plants in the country. Among the parcels located on the Remgrit site to be included in this demolition and remediation project are a 57,600 square-foot manufacturing building and an 8,800 square-foot boiler building.
“A second train station in Bridgeport will be an engine for economic development for the East Side, East End and the entire City, that is why we have worked so hard to make the P.T. Barnum Train Station a reality. My administration has been working collaboratively with state and federal officials to demonstrate the need for a second train station in Bridgeport, because I firmly believe that a second train station is exactly what our City needs,” said Mayor Finch. “With the commencement of this demolition, we have taken yet another positive step forward on project that will result in the creation of a tremendous asset to the City. In addition to the progress we’ve made on the P.T. Barnum Train Station, we are also cleaning up a site that has been an eyesore in the neighborhood for decades.”
The demolition and remediation project to J.R. Vinagro Corp., of Johnston, R.I.
Mayor Finch requested and secured $2.5 million in bond funding from the state of Connecticut for this demolition project, and thanks Governor Malloy, state DOT officials and State Sen. Andres Ayala Jr. for his assistance in the Legislature to ensure the funds were awarded to the City.