The city’s Parks Commission tonight (Monday) at 6:30 is scheduled to take a second vote on Mayor Bill Finch’s proposal to construct solar panels on the old dump at Seaside Park. The board unanimously rejected the plan two weeks ago, but a second meeting and vote has been called to win approval. Black Rock City Councilman Rick Torres has led opposition for the proposed partnership with United Illuminating. During a 2011 mayoral debate (not attended by Finch), independent candidate Jeff Kohut and Republican nominee Rick Torres were asked about building along the former city landfill at Seaside Park. Here’s what they said, according to CT Post coverage:
When asked what they would like to see built in the acreage at the foot of Seaside Park that used to be the city landfill, Kohut said he would pursue construction of a manufacturing facility on the site.
Torres said it was absurd to use waterfront property for industry, as the city has historically done. “Let people that are willing to put up their own money down determine what can go there,” he said, adding that he would like to see luxury condos along Long Island Sound “if the market drives it in that direction.”