Update: Public hearing June 1. A special meeting of the City Council’s Contracts Committee will take place Wednesday 7 p.m. in the Democratic Caucus Room of City Hall regarding the proposed sale of four acres of “excess” Fairchild Wheeler golf course property to Sacred Heart University. Under the proposal the city will receive $4 million and the property must remain in a natural state for perpetuity and cannot be developed. A public hearing on the proposal will take place June 1, 5:30 p.m. at Geraldine Johnson School cafeteria, 475 Lexington Avenue.
City officials say Sacred Heart wants the park property that abuts its campus for land coverage purposes to satisfy zoning regulations to allow the school to continue its major growth on campus proper in Fairfield. Fairchild Wheeler is owned by the city but located in the Town of Fairfield.
Jack Banta and Jeanette Herron are co-chairs of Contracts.
Although SHU campus proper is located in Fairfield, it has dormitories and an extended scholastic presence across the town line into Bridgeport. Its growth has created public safety concerns in the city including some students partying in the North End. SHU critics assert the university has taken an elitist attitude toward the city and has not been a good neighbor.
Mayor Joe Ganim’s Chief of Staff Danny Roach calls the proposal a “great deal” for the city. Taxpayers receive $4 million and the wooded-wet land cannot be touched. The sale would have no impact on the golfing community.
One city councilor who represents the North End, AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia issued a blistering attack of the proposed sale, in a letter to her council peers.
I will not be in town tomorrow and unable to attend this rushed meeting regarding the open park land in my district. For my comment–I AM TOTALLY OPPOSED TO THIS city asset being sold and abused by our Fairfield tax-exempt and disorderly conduct type neighbors and in general not losing this to SHU as this is a totally liability to us.
I’ve gotten many calls from those just hearing about this and they are not happy at all. This is also a sketchy deal as it’s been hush hush to many and open to the select few working behind the scenes.
I was sent an email last week asking to meet about this, but when I answered with questions, I never got any responses back. (Makes you have to wonder???) This is another way for SHU and Fairfield to grow on us yet talk bad about Bpt, not contribute and hold our residents hostage.
Please, please, please do not pass this at all–not for me, But for the future of Bpt, open land for our youth, seniors and veterans–our residents of all ages. This is like those medicine type commercials. They show pretty pictures, yet the words are toxic. Close your eyes and listen to the words, NOT the advertising pictures and read the small print!
Do you know SHU also has more plans in the works for more Bpt property? Yet!!! Bpt is fully liable$$$ and the losing entity.
I hope you do consider this very long term situation and vote against this. This meaning the golf course and 90 acres and the golf course. By the way, the original was 4 million dollars for
just some golf course property. Now they come back saying 4m? No problem, give us more land but you are not getting more money! And no matter how much money offered, I will still vote “NO.”
We should not sell our assets, our open land, our history, our city, our home. Signed,
Councilwoman, 134th District.
P.S. This will not fill any gaps as that budget vote widened what ever was there.