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Quarterra presents Webster Street lot redevelopment concept

Screenshot from Thursday’s Norwalk Common Council Economic & Community Development Committee meeting on Zoom.

NORWALK, Conn. — A new City park would be perched on structured parking just off Martin Luther King Drive, in a new concept developed for a mixed-use development with about 420 apartments on the Webster Street lot. A road would bisect the block, stretching from the lot’s Washington Street entrance to MLK, and a pedestrian plaza would begin on Main Street and cross the expanse. A 650-space garage is planned to go behind 50 Washington St., which would be untouched by the project.

Quarterra, a firm advertising “a new era of alternative asset management,” was selected by the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency from seven bidders interested in developing the potential transit-oriented development (TOD) jewel, according to Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Brian Bidolli.

“Capitalization is obviously an important factor,” Bidolli said. Continue reading Quarterra presents Webster Street lot redevelopment concept

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City debuts Resilient South Norwalk Steering Committee, plans outreach

Lorayne Black begins a presentation Wednesday at the first Resilient South Norwalk Steering Committee meeting, on Zoom.

NORWALK, Conn. — South Norwalk has been chosen as one of seven focus areas for a State agency looking to help communities mitigate climate change.

The Resilient South Norwalk Steering Committee held its first meeting Wednesday. It’s a project guided by Resilient Connecticut, which has its roots in the havoc wrecked by Superstorm Sandy in Fairfield and New Haven Counties, as part of the HUD National Disaster Resilience CompetitionContinue reading City debuts Resilient South Norwalk Steering Committee, plans outreach

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Fundraiser; Kevin’s Fund; ‘Big 3’; East Norwalk vocational center

Screenshot of Givebutter.com.

Announcements of interest.

NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk announcements for you:

  • Mid-Fairfield Community Care Center seeks donations
  • Kevin’s Fund plans $165,000 in scholarships
  • Health Department celebrates vaccination campaign
  • Workforce Training Center open on Van Zant Street

Continue reading Fundraiser; Kevin’s Fund; ‘Big 3’; East Norwalk vocational center

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Norwalk Harbor’s report card grade improves slightly

A graphic from the Save the Sound Long Island Sound Report Card. Numbers 15, 16 and 17 represent Norwalk Harbor.

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk’s Inner Harbor got a “D-” rating on environmental group Save the Sound’s 2021 Report Card, up from an “F” in 2020 thanks to better seaweed levels. Conversely, the Middle Harbor’s unfavorable seaweed levels caused a drop from “B-” to “C+” despite improved dissolved oxygen levels.

Harbor Watch did the testing for the Inner and Middle Harbors, while the Maritime Aquarium did the testing for the Outer Harbor. The Inner Harbor scored poorly on Chlorophyll a (a measure of amount of phytoplankton in the water) and on dissolved oxygen needed by marine life. The Middle Harbor score poorly on seaweed levels. Continue reading Norwalk Harbor’s report card grade improves slightly

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Seaview Avenue; Holiday celebration; Wildlife encounters

A harbor seal rests on a rock in Long Island Sound, as seen during a “Seal-
Spotting & Birding Cruise” of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. (Maritime Aquarium)

Announcements of interest.

NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk announcements for you:

  • TMP seeks input on Seaview Avenue redesign
  • Stew Leonard’s schedules Menorah Lighting
  • Maritime Aquarium plans winter sightseeing cruises

Continue reading Seaview Avenue; Holiday celebration; Wildlife encounters

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Norwalk sees racial first in BoE Council leadership role

From left, Diana Carpio in 2019, Greg Burnett at the Memorial Day parade in May and Darlene Young last year on Election Night.

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk’s elected leadership has changed to reflect the City’s diversity.

Diana Carpio is the first female Hispanic Board of Education member to be elected Chair, a Norwalk Public Schools press release pointed out. And last week’s election of Common Council member Greg Burnett (D-At Large) as Council President marked the first time an African American has held the role since Carvin Hilliard retired in 2013. Council member Darlene Young (D-District B)  was also elected  Majority Leader.

Continue reading Norwalk sees racial first in BoE Council leadership role

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Norwalk photos: Lexington Avenue fire

(Norwalk Fire Department)

(Norwalk Fire Department)

NORWALK, Conn. — Nine Norwalkers escaped a house fire Tuesday evening without injury, the Norwalk Fire Department said.

The fire at 43 Lexington Ave. was reported at 10:11 p.m., Deputy Chief Steven Shay said. The fire started in the bedroom of a multi-family home and quickly spread to floors above. Continue reading Norwalk photos: Lexington Avenue fire

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Norwalk photos: Miracle on Wall Street

(Nancy McGuire)

NORWALK, Conn. — Nancy McGuire provided these photos of Norwalk’s first Wall Street area holiday celebration.

The Miracle on Wall Street held Tuesday from 4 until 8 p.m. in The Plaza on River Street featured a tree lighting ceremony, a light show, a petting zoo, stilt walkers, dance performers, kids’ games, holiday music, and a visit from Santa. Continue reading Norwalk photos: Miracle on Wall Street

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Legislature passes gas tax extension in wide-sweeping legislation

The Connecticut House chamber. (Inside Investigator)

The following article was originally published on Inside Investigator.

The Connecticut Legislature passed a large and wide-sweeping piece of legislation during a special session on Monday. The bill, which covered everything from the gas tax to home heating assistance to pandemic bonuses and even changes to the bottle tax, passed by a vast majority in the House with only seven Republican members voting against it. It passed the Senate unanimously a few hours later.

Despite that margin, the bill faced a long debate on the house floor as Republican members argued that some sections didn’t go far enough while others were considered unnecessary. Continue reading Legislature passes gas tax extension in wide-sweeping legislation

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CT recreational pot sales will start within months, regulators say

Marijuana flowers grow in a room at CTPharma in Rocky Hill. (Yehyun Kim, CTMirror.org)

Since Connecticut approved recreational pot over a year ago, the process of licensing and building out the state’s market has been a slow burn.

But regulators said this week that approved marijuana businesses are on track to launch retail sales within the next few months — delayed from their original timeline, but in keeping with more recent estimates. Continue reading CT recreational pot sales will start within months, regulators say

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Property aquistion hurdle sends Eversource underwater cable plan back toward Veterans Park dock

Chief of Operations and Public Works Vanessa Valadares presents the current planned route for
Eversource transmission cables under the Norwalk River, on Zoom.

NORWALK, Conn. — First, Eversource’s high voltage lines were planned to be rerouted underneath the Veterans Park Dock for the Walk Bridge project. Then they weren’t. Now they’re back again.  And although the Harbor Management Commission is one of two Norwalk bodies slated to get more cash in compensation from Eversource due to this development, the Commissioners are not pleased.

When Eversource initially planned to install the transmission cables under the dock, Harbor Management Commissioners kicked up a fuss and got the route changed.  But now the City has given the utility a green light to tunnel under the dock after all.

“We’re going to have to put a warning notice of high-tension wires, you know, right on the visitors dock … I’m just hoping it doesn’t destroy the city’s access point, as far as the boating,” Norwalk Harbor Management Commissioner John Pinto told Common Council members, who nevertheless then voted unanimously to go ahead. Continue reading Property aquistion hurdle sends Eversource underwater cable plan back toward Veterans Park dock

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