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Entries Tagged as 'Bob Abbate'

Debating Tax Incentives To Encourage Development

September 9th, 2014 · 16 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning

Several City Council members such as Trish Swain and Rick Torres, in a story by Brian Lockhart of the CT Post, wonder how much money the city is leaving on the table because of tax breaks. Then again, how much would the city lose by not offering developers incentives?

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Bijou Square Wins National Rehab Award

October 7th, 2012 · 10 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

Bijou Square, Phil Kuchma’s downtown redevelopment on Fairfield Avenue, includes restaurants, housing, office space and renovation of one of the oldest movie houses in the country, The Bijou Theatre. From Mayor Bill Finch: Developer Philip Kuchma’s Bijou Square development on Fairfield Avenue recently was awarded the prestigious J. Timothy Anderson ‘Timmy’ Award for Best Historic […]

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Sweet Eats Launches What’s Cooking Week

May 10th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

Lots of good eats in the city. Satisfy your pleasure center. Check it out! What’s Cooking in Bridgeport Week Kicks Off with Free Desserts First Event, May 14 Start What’s Cooking in Bridgeport restaurant and entertainment week with “Desserts First” at the Arcade Mall in downtown Bridgeport. The event includes free dessert tastings, live music […]

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Do These Guys Know How To Promote Bridgeport? Duh!

March 14th, 2012 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

The problem with folks who promote Bridgeport is they don’t know how to promote Bridgeport. Who are these people? Mike Moore, president of the Downtown Special Services District and Bob Abbate, the anointed downtown public relations guru. Do they have a clue?

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The Vision Of Phil Kuchma

February 4th, 2012 · 10 Comments · Best of Bridgeport, Development and Zoning

Nice piece by the Los Angeles Times about Phil Kuchma, developer of Bijou Square on Fairfield Avenue downtown. Reporting from Bridgeport, Conn.— Philip Kuchma brightens as he drives past a vacant lot in Bridgeport, Connecticut’s most populated — and poorest — city.

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Bare It All Downtown

November 11th, 2011 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport, Development and Zoning

As a young scribe 30 years ago there was the Ocean Sea Grill downtown and a few other eateries that came and went. And oh yeah, we had the bars. For reporters working the night shift churning out The Telegram, predecessor of the Connecticut Post (The Tele was the morning paper and the Post the afternoon) Sol’s Cafe on […]

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What’s Going On Downtown?

March 29th, 2011 · 58 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

There’s some good stuff going on downtown. Young professionals living in the old Citytrust Building on Main Street, 881 the Lofts across from Housatonic Community College and Bijou Square on Fairfield Avenue, developer Phi Kuchma’s retail, restaurant and residential project. Can you imagine, downtown has a wine store (Bijou Square) and a bookstore (Rainy Faye) at John […]

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2010 Top Stories, What Say You?

December 29th, 2010 · 19 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Civil Service, Development and Zoning, Education, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events, State Politics

What’s on your list of top Bridgeport stories? In June, a tornado struck buildings on the East Side and downtown including heavy damage to the Barnum Museum. On July 24 two city firefighters perished in the line of duty. On Oct. 30, President Obama visited the Arena at Harbor Yard to campaign for Democratic candidates. Three […]

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