Upgrades to a gritty section of the East Side includes “pavement rehabilitation, drainage improvements, replacement and upgrade of traffic signal equipment, new sidewalks and streetscape enhancements,” along with the reconstruction of over half of Bond Street up to Stewart Street.
From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:
After over two decades the city is moving forward with improvements to the intersection of Seaview and Boston avenues and Bond Street that were originally connected with a proposed office park at the nearby Remington Woods/Lake Success property.
The public facilities department recently advertised for the roadwork and is examining the responses from three contractors ahead of awarding the bid.
Meanwhile Mayor Joe Ganim’s administration has insisted the effort — most of it paid for with around $10 million in long-dormant federal earmarks — is for the benefit of the new Warren Harding High School and surrounding neighborhood, and should not be misinterpreted as a sign Remington Wood’s private owner is moving forward with any redevelopment there.
“I don’t know what the original intent (of the roadwork) was. This is a 20-, 25-year-old earmark received and never acted on,” City Engineer Jon Urquidi said.
Urquidi said the opening of the new Harding building three years ago along Bond Street on the former General Electric site resulted in “a lot of congestion issues” in that area, with Seaview Avenue “in pretty poor shape” from years of underground utility work and from neglect.
Full story here
Remington Woods is 442 acres of untouched landscape.
It’d be easy to think its owner would want new infrastructure to precede any development.
Warding HS is a convenient recipient.
Dormant funds means no taxes needed.
Its owner (Dupont) is a publicly traded company worth billions.
Sierra Club is trying to preserve the land. Read the whole story here — > https://ctsierraclub.wixsite.com/sierraclub-ct/copy-of-remington-woods-project
Just how much money does this add to the Bridgeport tax base? Every job for this project isn’t going to suburbanites and the people of Bridgeport need JOBS not woods and the City of Bridgeport need TAX DOLLARS, not woods.
Today’s notification adds no money to the tax base.
NO jobs, either.
Bridgeport already has high taxes.
Bridgeport needs reduced costs but
that’s unlikely due to fixed costs.
Facts are such stubborn things — they keep
Bridgeport in a state of permanent insolvency!
What does the new train station at the old Remington Arms factory add in tax dollars to Bridgeport?
Thanks for considering me an expert on the town you live in.
(tip of the hat to Steve Auerbach))
The city should have the right to tax underdeveloped, undeveloped or polluted properties in order to incentivize the owner to get the property productive on the tax rolls.
It doesn’t have to be immediately but how long will Remington Woods be totally idle. Or Steel Point. Why should they set the timetable for development?