Many stakeholders and residents of the North End have a rather puritanical view of their neighborhood oasis.
Generally, passive recreation is the preferred form of interloping, except for business along the primary Main Street commercial corridor.
A proposal last year to convert Diocese of Bridgeport property into a two-year college owned by Fairfield University received stigmata treatment. The new college is now poised for the East Side.
Nearly 40 years ago, a phalanx of opposition stormed a community meeting against a proposal to host a regional hub of Little League on the parkland adjacent to the Discovery Museum on Park Avenue across from city-owned golf courses.
It was a hideous display of bigotry when the neighborhood was overwhelmingly white. God forbid people of color (they were using other terms cranking up misinformed neighbors at doors) enjoy America’s past time in one of our parks. Just think what they will do with baseball bats in the neighborhood.
The proposal struck out.
About 10 years later municipal zoners approved a dormitory high rise for Sacred Heart University that started an emerging university presence on the Bridgeport side of the Fairfield-addressed campus as well as a growing proximity of college students renting Bridgeport residential homes.
During that time zoners also approved a Stop & Shop application on the Madison Avenue property of the former Dewhurst Dairy. It was a noisy, controversial decision that caught the attention of federal investigations that launched a public corruption probe of city government.
Stop & Shop closed its doors about 10 years ago and the building has been shuttered since.
Now comes a new proposal by Hugh Scott of SimCove LLC to transform the building, purchased in 2021, into a self-storage facility.
Veteran City Council members Michelle Lyons and AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia will host on Tuesday a public forum, 6 p.m. at the North Branch public library to hear details of the plan. Scott has been invited.
Scott’s application will be heard by the Planning and Zoning Commission Feb. 27. He says the plan is to spruce up the building without expanding the footprint.
On Tuesday’s Valentine’s Day will love or loathe be in the air?