Norwalk plans Manresa Island workshop for Sept. 25

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:

Mayor Rilling Announces September 25th Public Workshop for Manresa Island Reuse Study


Norwalk, CT– The City of Norwalk is currently working in a public/private partnership with the Manresa Association and their consultant, Fitzgerald & Halliday Inc. of Hartford, to conduct an economic analysis and develop a reuse plan for the former Manresa Island Power Plant property.

In support of this effort, the public is invited to attend the second workshop on Monday, September 25th at 6:30 pm in the Community Room of Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk.  The workshop will be preceded by an open house at 6:00 pm.  This workshop builds upon a prior workshop held in May.

The study team will provide an update of the study findings and seeks feedback on specific potential reuses of the Manresa Island property.

The goal of this effort is to assess potential future uses of the property and identify measures that the City can take to encourage a desirable reuse of the property.  The City seeks to ensure that future uses of the site will add to the health and well-being of Norwalk, be complementary to the surrounding neighborhoods, and adequately address environmental concerns associated with the site.

Fitzgerald & Halliday Inc. is the lead consultant on this project and is working closely with the City of Norwalk and the Manresa Association.  Inquiries can be directed to Francisco Gomes, Senior Project Manager ([email protected]) or Elizabeth Stocker, Director of Economic Development for the City of Norwalk ([email protected] )



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One comment

Donna Smirniotopoulos September 21, 2017 at 11:25 am

The POCD Oversight Committee last met in mid-August. At that meeting, according to the minutes, there was talk of taking advantage of the Oyster Festival for outreach and information gathering purposes. Do we know if this was done?

At the August meeting, Diane Cece emphasized the importance of getting the word out and building momentum, a point echoed at the CNNA meeting a few weeks later. But the public outreach we expected from the City has not happened yet. Stantek indicated at the August meeting that the delay in signing the contract translated to a delay in data gathering. Is this the reason we haven’t heard anything further from the City on the Master Plan?

The Manresa Island workshop planned for next week is part of the POCD process. But there is nothing in the press release to indicate this.

What else is being done at City Hall to insure that the Master Plan process includes all stakeholders? I know there was a meeting with 40 Waypointe residents because I read about it in the minutes of the August 14 meeting. Who are the other members of the steering committee, and how many are employed by the City already? CNNA is an important piece of this, and I’m very glad Ms. Cece has a seat at the table. What else is being done at City Hall to advance this process and include more input from residents and neighborhoods?

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