Monday (today) is a holiday so the next meeting of the full City Council will take place Tuesday 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 45 Lyon Terrace. Among items expected to be referred to the Economic and Community Development and Environment Committee is the proposed land acquisition agreement between General Electric and the city to build a new high school, replacing the structurally challenged Harding High, on Boston Avenue. Mayor Bill Finch and Superintendent of Schools Paul Vallas hope the agreement is approved soon so that construction can be completed in 2015.
Harding High School, nearly 90 years old, is a mess. A portion of the General Electric property would be set aside for a new high school in the proposed agreement. The current Harding campus would then allow a much-needed expansion of the adjacent Bridgeport Hospital and creation of construction and health care jobs. City Council agenda below:
COMMUNICATIONS TO BE REFERRED TO COMMITTEES:
33-12 Communication from Public Facilities re: Application for Waiver to Extend Driveway Width Located at 680 Park Avenue – Roosevelt School, referred to Public Safety and Transportation Committee.
34-12 Communication from OPED re: (Ref. #11-99) Community Capital Fund, Inc. (Successor to Bridgeport Neighborhood Fund, Inc.) Request to Release Reverter on 107-109 Columbia Street, 117 Columbia Street, 123-125 Columbia Street; 29 Ridge Avenue and 35 Ridge Avenue (the “Properties”), referred to Economic and Community Development and Environment Committee.
35-12 Communication from OPED re: Proposed Land Acquisition Agreement for a Portion of the General Electric Property located on Boston Avenue for the purpose of constructing a new high school, referred to Economic and Community Development and Environment Committee.
36-12 Communication from Treasurer re: Proposed Request for Approval of Master Banking Services Agreement with Webster Bank, National Association, referred to Contracts Committee.