Mixed Use

31Oct13
Use With Mixed Caution

Use With Mixed Caution

“The mayor said the site will eventually see a “mixed-use” development…the property will gradually become transformed into an attractive and “vibrant” part of town with a greenway, hotel, apartments, retail outlets and other amenities.”
http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Army-Engine-Plant-deal-finally-takes-off-4940619.php

Whoa! Hold on there, Buckaroo!
Hotel? Apartments? If you read any one of a number of EPA or consultants’ studies you already know that no one recommends spending more than a few hours on this property. As far as “residential” the only word used in that regard was “never”. There is a reason the U.S. Government has restricted access to this property.

So let’s take a breath here. Yes, it is a good thing that this liability is off the Federal Government’s books. But “vibrant” will probably not happen for many, many years. In fact, by the time “greenway, hotel, apartments, retail outlets and other amenities” happen, no one will remember who was mayor when the GSA sold the property.

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11 Responses to “Mixed Use”

  1. 1 jezebel282

    Just to eliminate the Election Day hoopla, neither the DTC with their “developer” nor the RTC with Norm Aldrich’s “Team Stratford” have contributed in any positive way toward the reuse of the Stratford Army Engine Plant. In fact we were politely, but firmly, told by Connecticut’s entire Congressional delegation to stay out of it.

  2. 2 appalledandamused

    “neither the DTC with their “developer” nor the RTC with Norm Aldrich’s “Team Stratford” have contributed in any positive way toward the reuse of the Stratford Army Engine Plant.”

    Only Harkins is running on this. Haven’t heard Joe Paul or any other Dem in town trying to claim responsibility.

  3. 3 jezebel282

    Appalled,

    It’s breathtaking what Harkins claims credit for.

    Point Stratford Renewal, the company that is buying the property, couldn’t even get Harkins to meet with them despite repeated attempts. Kinda like a regular citizen.

    The airport “deal” is pretty much everything Bridgeport wanted. We get Main Street moved and they get a lot of Stratford land for free. I’ll bet the people who develop chest pain or have difficulty breathing will just love the extra response time forced on Stratford EMS.

    Exit 33 of I95 is just funny. As if the U.S. DOT redrew the engineering designs just because Harkins is the mayor.

    And, of course, Harkins’ crown jewel: a micro-brewery.

    On the other hand, I haven’t heard anything from Harkins about the benefit we get from raising our sewer use “fee”. Surely our liquid waste must be flowing faster now.

  4. 4 jezebel282

    Pop quiz:

    Which of the following statements sound more true?

    A: “The project the joint venture is proposing includes retail and office space components, as well as residential units and a transportation hub.”

    B: “The buildings and the groundwater at the sprawling plant …contains massive amounts of contaminants, including PCBs and other toxins.”

  5. 5 mikereynolds

    B

  6. 6 jezebel282

    Update:

    It looks like Mikereynolds had the correct answer.

    “Although an agreement was reached last October for Point Stratford Renewal to purchase the Stratford Army Engine Plant from the U.S. Army, the closing of the transaction is still pending the finalization of a plan to clean up the tidal flats of the Housatonic River off shore of the plant…It is not known how long it will take for the riverbed remediation plan to be settled or how long it would take the parties to close the deal after that.” http://www.stratfordstar.com/25987/engine-plant-closing-likely-months-away/

    Remember, according to Harkins pre-election statement, the property will be “transformed into an attractive and “vibrant” part of town with a greenway, hotel, apartments, retail outlets and other amenities.”
    http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Army-Engine-Plant-deal-finally-takes-off-4940619.php

    And let’s not forget the other major benefit Harkins promised us: “The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that the Sikorsky Airport Improvements, Realignment of Route 113 and Construction of Runway Safety Area project in the towns of Bridgeport and Stratford will begin in the week of August 4, 2014.” http://patch.com/connecticut/stratford/major-sikorsky-airport-project-begins-monday-lane-closures-expected#.U994jWOTEvk

    That one (the gift to Bridgeport) will no doubt come true.

  7. 7 mikereynolds

    It really wasn’t that difficult to get that right.

  8. 8 jezebel282

    Mike,

    I know. But it used to take a little effort to uncover the lies and deceits. Now you just have to read the paper. And in the olden days the “other” party ( whoever wasn’t in power) would scream and yell. Nowadays nobody even gets upset. Voters expect Town Hall or the BOE to lie and deceive. It takes all the fun out.

  9. 9 mikereynolds

    That’s a interesting point. Absolutely nothing from the Democrats. Just crickets. There is so much material for them to kill Harkins and its just a black hole over there.

  10. 10 jezebel282

    “a black hole over there.”

    Ummm….over where? Do you know where they are hiding?

  11. 11 mikereynolds

    Metaphysically speaking


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