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Author: Kelly Prinz, Coastal Connecticut Times

  • The Unsafe Roads of Southwest Connecticut

    The Unsafe Roads of Southwest Connecticut

    Walking across the street to pick up mail from a mailbox. Going for a walk on the side of the road. Crossing the street in a marked crosswalk. These are just three ways that residents of southwest Connecticut lost their lives over the past two years, as the region and the state as a whole…

  • All aboard at South Norwalk Train Station

    All aboard at South Norwalk Train Station

    The South Norwalk Train Station is one of the busiest in the Metro-North Railroad system. It serves as a hub and connection point both for trains on the New Haven main line (running between New Haven and New York City) and trains on the Danbury branch (between Danbury and South Norwalk).  “South Norwalk had the…

  • Microtransit to Expand in Norwalk and Across Region

    Microtransit to Expand in Norwalk and Across Region

    By Kelly Prinz, Coastal Connecticut Times Microtransit “is basically a cross between transit and Uber so it’s on-demand shared rides,” according to Frank Petise, Stamford’s Transportation Bureau Chief. The service usually involves a smaller vehicle th an a city bus—think minibus or SUV—paired with an app and phone number that allow users to request a…

  • Parking-Violation Frustrations Boil Up from City Streets to City Hall

    Parking-Violation Frustrations Boil Up from City Streets to City Hall

    Tightly parked vehicles crowd the edges of city lanes. Idle commercial trucks hog scarce residential parking spots on residential streets. Requests for neighborhood parking passes are left unanswered. Public frustration is growing with Norwalk’s endemic parking woes, spurring Common Council members to ask for stricter enforcement of parking rules. “It’s getting frustrating at this point…

  • Wall Street Corridor’s Phase 1 Plans Move Forward

    Wall Street Corridor’s Phase 1 Plans Move Forward

    The Norwalk Public Works Committee voted unanimously to advance a $2 million contract with Waters Construction Company to construct “phase 1” of the Wall Street corridor project.  Garrett Bolella, the city’s assistant director of Transportation, Mobility, and Parking, said that they were thrilled to bring this piece forward, stating that this was just the first…

  • $275 Million+ in School Building Projects Advances to Common Council

    $275 Million+ in School Building Projects Advances to Common Council

    Construction contracts for both the South Norwalk Elementary School and Norwalk High School were advanced on February 7 by the Land Use and Building Management Committee of the Common Council. The committee voted unanimously in favor of a contract with the Newfield Construction Group with a “guaranteed maximum price”—or as Alan Lo, the city’s building…

  • “Streets for Everyone”: Norwalk Committee Receives Update on Complete Streets Work

    “Streets for Everyone”: Norwalk Committee Receives Update on Complete Streets Work

    “Streets for everyone and streets about the people.” That was how Garrett Bolella, the assistant director of Norwalk’s Transportation, Mobility, and Parking department defined the Complete Streets work taking place in the city at the Economic and Community Development Committee meeting on February 1. There are four main parts that will help the city in…

  • Norwalk’s Transportation Department Highlights Projects Funded with $40 Million+ in Grants

    Norwalk’s Transportation Department Highlights Projects Funded with $40 Million+ in Grants

    In 2023, the Transportation, Mobility, and Parking department used more than $40 million in grant funding to help launch projects across the city—from the redesign of Wall Street to improvements in the Hospital Hill neighborhood, from adding sidewalks in Rowayton to finishing the missing link section of the Norwalk RNorwalk iver Valley Trail. “We are…

  • Norwalk Committee advances plan on how to realign Council Districts

    Norwalk Committee advances plan on how to realign Council Districts

    The Norwalk Ordinance Committee moved forward a proposal to establish an advisory committee that would look at how to reapportion the Common Council districts in the city, despite push back from Republicans and Independents.  The committee voted 6 to 1 to move the ordinance that establishes the committee to a public hearing, which will take…

  • Golf carts on Norwalk streets? Traffic Authority says no 

    Golf carts on Norwalk streets? Traffic Authority says no 

    A proposal to allow golf carts on city streets in “specific shoreline neighborhoods in Norwalk” was unanimously opposed by the Norwalk Traffic Authority. Fior Lostumbo, owner of Connecticut Custom Carts, a golf cart dealership based in Norwalk—along with consultant J. Kevin Smith, who made the presentation—proposed regulations that would have allowed golf carts on streets…

  • Norwalk introduces arborist as part of tree efforts

    Norwalk introduces arborist as part of tree efforts

    As a part of the City’s plans to plant and maintain more trees, Norwalk has added Sarah Cruz as a new member to the Recreation and Parks department. “Sarah comes to us [with] a pretty good background particularly with urban forests,” Recreation and Parks Director Robert Stowers told the Tree Advisory Committee on Tuesday.  Stowers…

  • Traffic News: Updates on Chestnut Street partial closures; Rowayton Elementary School speed limits

    Traffic News: Updates on Chestnut Street partial closures; Rowayton Elementary School speed limits

    The Norwalk Traffic Authority tabled a proposal from the Department of Public Works that would make Chestnut Street into a temporary one-way road. Vanessa Valadares, Chief of Operations and Public Works, had requested the temporary one-way authorization to allow for underground utility and other work to take place related to the South Norwalk transit-oriented development…

  • How to redistrict the city fairly: Norwalk Committee works to find an answer

    How to redistrict the city fairly: Norwalk Committee works to find an answer

    Norwalk’s Common Council districts need to be adjusted for population and to make them more equitable, so each voter has about the same level of representation, according to City officials and Attorney Steven Mednick, who has been working with the council on charter-related issues.  But in order to adjust the districts, the City needs to…

  • Marriott SoNo Residence Inn expansion plans receive extension

    Marriott SoNo Residence Inn expansion plans receive extension

    Last year, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved plans for an eight-story addition featuring 48 rooms to the Marriott SoNo Residence Inn on South Main Street.  At its meeting on January 17, the commission granted the developer a year’s extension to get started on that work. “We are asking for a one-year extension of time,…

  • Norwalk Committee advances updates to Blight Ordinance to public hearing

    Norwalk Committee advances updates to Blight Ordinance to public hearing

    Higher fines and “strengthened” language around blight were the two main updates to the city’s ordinance that the Common Council’s Ordinance Committee advanced on January 16. The Committee voted unanimously to move the blight ordinance to a public hearing for its February meeting. Committee Chair Lisa Shanahan (D-District E) said that the Committee looked to…

  • Norwalk Committee meeting hit with racist, antisemitic comments 

    Norwalk Committee meeting hit with racist, antisemitic comments 

    During the public comment portion of the Common Council Ordinance Committee on January 16, multiple people who were speaking remotely made racist and antisemitic comments.  Chair Lisa Shanahan (D-District E) stopped public comment after at least five commenters tried to use their time to make hateful comments against Jewish and minority members of the community.…