From Brian Lockhart CT Post
Previously heralded by local leaders as “more than a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the city with thousands of jobs and more than a billion dollars in direct investment,” the Park City Wind renewable energy project’s construction phase has suffered a setback due to a local zoning change.
As reported recently, despite an announcement in May 2021 that Park City Wind had leased some East End harborfront property from the Bridgeport/Port Jefferson ferry company as a temporary staging area for its offshore wind farm, that deal is not finalized.
The exact reasons were at the time not made clear. But this week representatives with the ferry company and Avangrid Renewables, owner of Park City Wind, acknowledged a municipally-approved zoning change to the former’s 18-acre Seaview Avenue land–dubbed Barnum Landing–complicated the situation.
Bridgeport Economic Development Director Tom Gill’s department over the past couple of years spearheaded Zone Bridgeport, an overhaul of the city’s zoning regulations and map resulting from the updating of Bridgeport’s 10-year master plan. There was first lots of public outreach, with the recommended changes finalized last year by the mayoral-appointed zoning commission and implemented Jan. 1.
… “That’s still the project we’d like to see,” Gill said, adding, “We are working with Avangrid. We want to see that (Park City Wind) coming into the port, also.”
Full story here.