Okay, I’m counting on my OIB field reporters for help on this.
A few days ago, driving by Winthrop School in the North End, I came upon this condo/apartment-type complex going up right next to the school. The appearance of the structure is reminiscent of the days in the mid 1980s when condo complexes were being shoe-horned by developers in odd neighborhood locations.
Rick Porto, Republican mayoral candidate in 1987, captured feelings about a condo complex intruding on St. Margaret’s Shrine on Park Avenue: “Christ’s hand is in someone’s bedroom!”
Mayor Tom Bucci, responding to angry voters, restored order by issuing an executive order limiting such developments.
The development site now in question received a zone change a few years ago for a medical office represented by attorney Ray Rizio, but then a dipsy-doodle move converted it into housing units that met suitable use under city land-use regulations. Okay, understand that. But I’m hearing the units are being marketed to Sacred Heart University students.
SHU, no doubt, is busting at the seams from that little commuter school we knew so many decades ago started by the Diocese of Bridgeport, now a modern, thriving campus, its dorms located in city proper, although the actual school address lists Fairfield as headquarters. College kids being college kids, the North End has been dealing with the beered-up randy types along streets inside Park Avenue.
The North End neighborhood is a relatively quiet place. It can be not so quiet when college students are at play. You can literally spit from the growing housing complex to Winthrop School. I wonder what Winthrop teachers, school administrators, parents, etc. think about these units so close to Winthrop kids.
Let me know what you hear.
State Versus Perez
Shameless self-promoter that I am, check out my piece in the April issue of Connecticut Magazine about Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez who’s scheduled for trial on bribery charges in September. Just another pol on trial? Not exactly.
Big difference between the investigations of Joe Ganim, John Rowland, Ernie Newton and others. They were federal. The Perez case is state. The staties have little history of bringing corruption probes of elected officials. They were content to sit on the sidelines and let the feds handle it. The scorn from inaction did not sit well with State’s Attorney Kevin Kane whose public corruption division has moved against Perez.
Big case for the state. Win and build credibility. Lose and the ridicule continues.