Hey, if a congressman pesters the federal secretary of transportation enough he just might cough up some goodies before the election. Secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood notified Congressman Jim Himes this morning that Bridgeport will receive $11 million to begin work on infrastructure and development of SteelPointe Harbor, the mixed-use East Side redevelopment project of Robert Christoph’s Bridgeport Landing Development.
This is certainly one of the (if not the) largest federal grants for Bridgeport. Hopefully it’s real. Himes, in a tight reelection, needed a boost for Bridgeport, a major development announcement before the election. This could also boost Mayor Bill Finch’s reelection effort next year. After 30 years of wishful thinking, starts and stops, could this now happen? Himes, Finch and Senator Chris Dodd had a press conference this afternoon to make the announcement.
For a rendering of SteelPointe Harbor see bridgeportlanding.net/main.htm.
The following announcement had already been scheduled when city officials and Himes learned of the additional dough for SteelPointe Harbor. The city plans to use the $3 million in HUD money for a second train station at the old Remington site where the city is embroiled in a legal fight with developer Sal DiNardo for control and cleanup that will cost millions.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — At an event in Bridgeport today, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4), and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) will join U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Assistant Secretary Peter Kovar to announce federal funds to support livable and sustainable communities throughout Connecticut and make a major announcement on Bridgeport’s TIGER grant application.