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Entries Tagged as 'Tom Gill'

2017: Trefz Dies, Honis Retires, Lopez Clocks Parking Meters, Judge Radlciffe Shuts Down Stockpiling Plant

December 26th, 2017 · No Comments · City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, Education, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events

OIB highlights some top stories from February and March. Ernie Trefz, a Bridgeport business community titan for decades whose Downtown-based Trefz Corporation owned dozens of McDonalds franchises, commercial real estate and apartment buildings, passed away Saturday morning. He was a major benefactor of the University of Bridgeport including a business school named for him. He […]

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Reflections: A Look Back At 2017

December 24th, 2017 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, Education, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Time for a little OIB 2017 reflection, starting with January. But more importantly, Merry Christmas and happy holidays to our entire OIB family, readers, posters. You’re the berries. Cheers! At McLevy Green protesters rallied against President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration ban that they argue appeals to ignorance and fear. The plain-speaking State Senator Ed Gomes […]

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Crescent Crossings Brightens The East Side, Location Of Notorious Former Federal Housing Project

July 19th, 2017 · 21 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

City Councilwoman Mary McBride-Lee remembers when Martin Luther King Drive on the East Side was a war zone of gunfire, drug gangs, crime and grime and despair for public housing residents of the 1,000-unit Father Panik Village, the sanctuary of Waltersville School where she has taught for 35 years beckoning the children of the tenement-style projects. […]

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Tangible Economics Of Steelpointe Harbor “Enlivening The Waterfront”

July 17th, 2017 · 14 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning

What’s the economic impact of Steelpointe Harbor, the redevelopment of the East Side with Bass Pro Shops as the anchor tenant? It’s been a long elusive question that has never been fully rolled out publicly by city officials, perhaps because city-controlled parcels were acquired by the developer in stages. As progress continues OIB reached out […]

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A Majestic Development Plan For Downtown, Ganim: Main Street’s Bookends Of Progress Coming Together

June 20th, 2017 · 24 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

Declaring “We don’t look at what it is, we look at what we want it to be,” the managing partner of the Manhattan-based commercial real estate firm Exact Capital Group joined Mayor Joe Ganim and other officials Monday afternoon to announce a $400 million redevelopment of the shuttered and nostalgic Poli and Majestic theaters Downtown […]

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Trantolo Law Firm Adds Bridgeport Presence

June 10th, 2017 · 4 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

Connecticut’s oldest continual family law firm Trantolo & Trantolo on Friday opened a Bridgeport regional office next to the city’s theatrical gem Klein Memorial Auditorium at 944 Fairfield Avenue, joining offices in Hartford, Waterbury and Torrington. The personal injury law firm handed out helmets to students at nearby Curiale School as part of a bicycle […]

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The Quest To Make Steelpointe Harbor Vertical–Marina, Restaurant, Waterfront Walkway On Horizon

May 16th, 2017 · 38 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Development and Zoning, News and Events, State Politics

Surrounded by elected officials and neighborhood and business leaders, developer Robert Christoph Sr. and Mayor Joe Ganim on Monday broke ground for the 35,000 square foot waterfront dockmaster’s building that will house a raw bar restaurant, retail and an engineering company on Steelpointe Harbor accompanied by a harbor walk platform, marina and docks that Christoph […]

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Lee Dredges Up Questions About Port Authority

May 16th, 2017 · 10 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

Community watchdog John Marshall Lee has a wave of questions regarding operations of the Bridgeport Port Authority including the lack of appointments to the board of directors. Who is feeling “shy” at this waterfront moment? What else is ongoing but unsaid by those interested in Port development? Why is there no reference to other harbor front […]

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