NORWALK, Conn. – If you were waiting to see if POKO Partners was given another six months to get its finances in order for the Wall Street Place development, you’re out of luck – Thursday’s Plan Review Committee meeting was moved to Monday.
The problem, according the Zoning Commission Chairman Joe Santo and others, was a mistake in the advertising of the meeting, meaning there would have been a Freedom of Information Act violation if it had taken place. The meeting was scheduled to be held a week earlier than usual because of Christmas, but was advertised on its regular date, he said. Technically speaking, the Dec. 5 meetings of both the Plan Review Committee and the Zoning Committee were canceled, and special meetings will be held Monday in Room 101.
This is a crushing blow for a reporter expecting to have a hot story to share in this rather cool early December week, but it does mean that Wall Street Place is on the agenda of three meetings next week.
The council Planning Committee is planning to review on Wednesday all of the Redevelopment and Urban Renewal plan areas as part of its committee orientation, given that some members are new, according to the agenda posted online. That includes Wall Street Place, Head of the Harbor, Waypointe and 95/7 (apparently now destined to be a mall — maybe). The committee will also review master plans in development and the Community Block Development Grant program.
The serious situation with POKO’s request for a six-month extension will be discussed Monday by the Plan Review Committee and then likely voted on by the entire Zoning Commission Wednesday.
Also on the committee’s agenda for Monday is a request to modify the plan for Waypointe, adding a parcel at 29 Orchard St. to the development. The proposal would add 21 apartments for a total of 362, and reduce retail space by 1,000 square feet to 38,431 square feet.
Zoning Commissioner Mike Mushak was surprised that Thursday’s meeting was canceled. “In five years it never happened before,” he said. “But it was just a bookkeeping error.”