NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling had three words Thursday about the mall: “It’s a go.”
The Redevelopment Agency voted unanimously Thursday evening to approve the revisions to the LDA (Land Disposition Agreement for the 95/7 site, the business terms and Concept Master Site Plan, and the urban renewal plan, both of which were approved by the Common Council Tuesday. That’s the last major hurdle for General Growth Properties (GGP) in its desire to build The SoNo Collection, Councilman Bruce Kimmel (D-At Large) said.
“Now we move towards, eventually, construction. Hopefully we can make their deadlines,” Kimmel said.
Rilling said he clapped when Redevelopment voted to approve the LDA and urban renewal plan.
“I am optimistic,” Redevelopment Agency Chairman Felix Serrano said in an email. “I am also hopeful that we can continue to work with the developer to make this project the best it can be for Norwalk.”
The Council’s LDA specifies that GGP will submit its design for the North Water Street overpass to an architectural consultant for review. Adams said Tuesday that GGP will “immediately engage with the design review consultant to move forward” once Redevelopment gave its approval.
“We’re going to have a design, at least I hope so, that maintains the connectivity. We will dig into the traffic,” Kimmel said. “Remember, this is not an ‘all at once’ kind of traffic, it’s a steady kind of traffic. We will be looking at that, the state will be looking at that because of I-95, we will all be looking at that. The people most concerned with traffic, besides the residents, are Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom. They are not going to screw this up. They will make sure we are all happy.”