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Norwalk Council looks to dot last i on library parking lot deal

A plan for the lot at 11 Belden Ave., next to the Norwalk Public Library.

NORWALK, Conn. — The Common Council is holding a special meeting Wednesday to finalize details on the deal for the parking lot next to the Norwalk Public Library, Mayor Harry Rilling said.

“There was a couple of minor changes that we felt that it would be most appropriate to bring it back before the Council,” Rilling said Tuesday evening.

The agenda for Wednesday’s meeting states, “To consider a recent development in the 11 Belden Avenue Agreement before Friday September 8th, when it is scheduled to close.”

The complicated proposal for Norwalk to spend $460,000 for a six-year purchase option on land next to the Belden Avenue library was approved by the Common Council in July. Although the deal includes a six-year fixed $4,885,000 purchase price for 11 Belden Ave., former Mayor Alex Knopp, who negotiated the arrangement as a settlement to a lawsuit filed by Norwalk Public Library Board of Trustees against the Zoning Commission and developer Jason Milligan, has stressed that he hopes that the money will never be spent.

“As we were drafting the agreement with the developer we knew that there were things that need to be in there, to make sure the city’s interest were protected as well as the property owner. We just want to make sure everything is shored up,” Rilling said.

The Council wished that any substantive changes come back for review, and, “Discussion being the better part of valor we felt it was safer to bring it before the Council,” Rilling said. “…We anticipate that (the deal) will go forward.”

One comment

Donna September 6, 2017 at 2:51 pm

Mr. Mayor, the saying is “discretion is the better part of valor,” meaning it’s often better to avoid a dangerous situation than to confront it.

@Nancy, is this the mayor’s actual quote or is this a typo?

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