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GGP greenlighted for hotel-less SoNo Collection

An updated rendering of The SoNo Collection, without the hotel that had been planned to be built over Bloomingdale’s.

Updated, 1:22 a.m.: Full story. 

NORWALK, Conn. – A deal specifying a $3.5 million payment to Norwalk, in lieu of a hotel atop The SoNo Collection, was approved Tuesday by the Common Council.

The vote to accept the terms that would allow GGP to build its mall without a hotel, hammered out in secret by Mayor Harry Rilling and other Norwalk leaders, was 10-3. Continue reading GGP greenlighted for hotel-less SoNo Collection

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Thorough Manresa Island cleanup cost pegged at $31M to $60M

Lynn Willey of Tighe and Bond shows an aerial rendering of the current remediation approach being taken on Manresa Island.

Updated, 2:30 p.m.: PDF of PowerPoint presentation added. 

NORWALK, Conn. – A “shallow excavation” of part of Manresa Island would cost $31 million, a Licensed Environmental Professional told about 100 people Monday.

If you were to do the rest of “AOC-1,” it could be an additional $29.5 million, according to a slide shown by Lynn Willey of Tighe and Bond. Demolishing the island’s power plant could be between $6-9 million, but that’s just an estimate based on a similar plant, he said. Continue reading Thorough Manresa Island cleanup cost pegged at $31M to $60M

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GGP’s hotel-less mall hitting ‘homestretch’

GGP is looking for Norwalk to approve a plan for The SoNo Collection to be built without a hotel.

Correction, 7:31 p.m.: GGP originally said construction would begin in 2015. 

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk could be figuring out a correct economic metric to value to its loss of a hotel right off Interstate 95, Deb Goldstein said.

GGP really could walk and abandon its site if the numbers don’t work, Common Council member Michael Corsello (D-At Large) said, in response to one of Goldstein’s letters. Continue reading GGP’s hotel-less mall hitting ‘homestretch’

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Norwalk Police honor own

Updated, 3:20 p.m.: NPD list of honorees.

NORWALK, Conn. – The fourth annual Norwalk Police Department Awards Ceremony honored 25 officers Monday evening in City Hall.

“The officers here put themselves in harm’s way every time they put on a uniform,” Mayor Harry Rilling said. “It gives us great pleasure to be able to recognize the work that they do on a daily basis.” Continue reading Norwalk Police honor own

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Please join Nancy and the NoN Board of Directors this Sunday

NancyOnNorwalk needs your help. Nancy is valiantly carrying on NoN alone after her husband’s (and editor’s) recent passing, despite great personal hardship and health challenges. NoN is a vital resource which keeps us informed of Norwalk’s political and civic goings on. Won’t you please join us for food and refreshments to help support Nancy Chapman’s work? Continue reading Please join Nancy and the NoN Board of Directors this Sunday

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Kleppin: Written comment is welcome on Firetree application

The fire escape installed by Firetree LTD at 17 Quintard Ave. is frequently described as not conforming to the character of the neighborhood.

Updated, 5:50 p.m.: Date for hearing is June 7.

NORWALK, Conn. – You can still write in with comments on a proposed federal prisoner halfway house in South Norwalk, Planning and Zoning Director Steven Kleppin said Monday.

Although Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Andy Conroy said Saturday that he had ended the written comment period on Thursday, Kleppin said it’s still open until ZBA closes its public hearing on the appeal from Firetree LTD. The hearing continues on June 7. Continue reading Kleppin: Written comment is welcome on Firetree application

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Norwalk political notes: No park at the would-be mosque

Former Norwalk Zoning Commissioners Jill Jacobson, left, and Adam Blank, right, are recognized for their years of service by Commission Chairman Nate Sumpter, center, Wednesday in City Hall. It had looked like Blank would be joining the Redevelopment Agency but Mayor Harry Rilling tabled the appointment; it’s not on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting. “I told the mayor I would let him know if I have interest in next few days,” Blank said in a Wednesday email. “Then I guess it is in his hands. I’m not at all sure I still have interest though.” 

NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s what we have for you in political notes this Monday:

  • No park at 127 Fillow; open space deed swap elsewhere
  • Mocciae: Recs & Parks can’t afford some concerts
  • Hempstead’s re-recusal
  • Murphy, Blumenthal ‘urge’ NRG to help with Manresa study
  • Morris contradicts self
  • District B Council reps again vote no on Ely
  • Council bites bullet on West Rocks Middle School expense

Continue reading Norwalk political notes: No park at the would-be mosque

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GGP’s Mall

Send signed letters to [email protected]

We are at zero hour.  If GGP is not allowed to move forward the anchor tenants will likely drop out.  And we, Norwalk, will lose the best development prospect we’ve ever had.   The question is, are we going to chase away a $400 million investment in Norwalk?  All because we did not realize that we don’t understand the dynamics of the commercial real estate market.

Let’s ask and answer the key questions.

 

Can a hotel can work here?  Answer, yes, but only if you scrap the Mall. Continue reading GGP’s Mall

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Opinion: Connecticut’s finances – Not a time to mince words

Gail Lavielle

This is no time to mince words about Connecticut’s fiscal crisis. It is deep, serious, and affects everyone and everything: taxpayers, businesses, jobs, social services, infrastructure, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, towns and cities, hospitals, federal funding opportunities, and Connecticut’s reputation. Let’s be clear – it’s not new. The state’s finances have been precarious for several years. But now even those who have long denied the gravity of the situation are acknowledging it.

The facts speak for themselves. Continue reading Opinion: Connecticut’s finances – Not a time to mince words

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Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS. 

Shout Out to all of the Kindergarten through 12th grade students who participated in last week’s citywide inaugural STEM Expo (science, technology, engineering and math). Unlike science fairs of the past, this year the Norwalk Public Schools (NPS) sought a way to better embrace and exemplify the collaborative and interactive principles championed by the STEM model, according to Michael Conner, NPS Chief Academic Officer. Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

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CTNJ/Opinion: Addressing the ‘why’ in sex trafficking

Jillian Gilchrest.

Jillian Gilchrest is the Director of Health Professional Outreach at the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence and she is Chair of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Trafficking in Persons Council.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted unanimously on legislation to address the demand side of sex trafficking, marking a major shift in the way our state addresses this crime. Continue reading CTNJ/Opinion: Addressing the ‘why’ in sex trafficking

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NPS: Teacher’s union proposal would cost Norwalk millions of dollars

Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski, right, in February introduces his 2017-18 recommended operating budget to Common Council members.

NORWALK, Conn. — Assertions made Thursday by the Norwalk Federation of Teachers are not accurate, Norwalk Public Schools said Friday.

NPS, in a statement released Friday afternoon by Communications Director Brenda Wilcox Williams, responded to NFT’s bombshell announcement that it has filed a complaint with the State Board of Labor Relations. Continue reading NPS: Teacher’s union proposal would cost Norwalk millions of dollars

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Norwalk parents’ leader suggests mediation in BoE/NFT dispute

Barbara Meyer-Mitchell addresses the Norwalk Planning Commission in February in City Hall. (File photo)

NORWALK, Conn. — Mediation is needed to resolve the differences between the Norwalk Board of Education and the Norwalk Federation of Teachers, an education activist said Friday.

Time is short and who knows what cuts the state budget will bring, Barbara Meyer Mitchell said, trying to avoid teacher layoffs as the BoE and the NFT engage in a stare down. Continue reading Norwalk parents’ leader suggests mediation in BoE/NFT dispute

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About Nancy

Nancy came to Norwalk in September 2010 and, after reporting on Norwalk for two years for another company, resigned to begin Nancy On Norwalk so she engage in journalism the way it was meant to be done. She is married to career journalist Mark Chapman, has a son, Eric (the artist and web designer who built this website), and two cats – a middle-aged lady and a young hottie who are learning how to peacefully co-exist.