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  • Norwalk Council Approves $166K for Harbor Plan

    Norwalk Council Approves $166K for Harbor Plan

    “How do you get Norwalkers more access to the water in a more meaningful way? How do we bring in tourism and boaters coming in from the water? How do we identify what the capital need is?” These are some of the questions Jessica Vonashek, Norwalk’s chief of community and economic development, said she hopes…

  • Norwalk Council Approves $45.4 Million Capital Budget, Bemoaning the Process

    Norwalk Council Approves $45.4 Million Capital Budget, Bemoaning the Process

    During almost three hours of discussion, the Norwalk Common Council voted Tuesday to make just $175,000 in adjustments before approving the mayor’s proposed capital budget spending of $45.4 million. Many council members complained about a process they said failed to involved the community.  The council voted 11-4 to approve a capital budget of $45,367,280, the…

  • Norwalk Common Council to vote on $45.4 million capital budget

    Norwalk Common Council to vote on $45.4 million capital budget

    Mayor Harry Rilling is recommending the Common Council pass a capital budget for 2024-2025 that is 40 percent less than his initial recommendation. The slimmed-down proposal weighs in at $45.4 million, as opposed to the $70 million budget Rilling presented to the Board of Estimate and Taxation 10 days ago.  The budget first went to…

  • Proposed Changes to O&G Site Raise Environmental, Traffic Concerns

    Proposed Changes to O&G Site Raise Environmental, Traffic Concerns

    O&G Industries, located along Smith Street, wants to expand the use of its property along the Norwalk River to include the manufacture and storage of materials onsite. On Wednesday, the Norwalk Planning and Zoning Commission got its first look at the proposed changes. “The proposal before this commission is to enhance the historic industrial use…

  • Norwalk to extend current waste contracts, saving changes for the future

    Norwalk to extend current waste contracts, saving changes for the future

    The Public Works Committee of the Common Council recommended Tuesday that Norwalk extend its current contracts for waste management services, while city staff finalizes an overall waste-management strategic plan.  The committee voted Tuesday to recommend extending the four contracts with Win-Waste Management (formerly City Carting) to handle the city’s waste and recycling needs. The contracts…

  • Norwalk Approves Reduced Budget Increases for Both City and Schools

    Norwalk Approves Reduced Budget Increases for Both City and Schools

    The Norwalk Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET) voted 5-2 Monday to approve a 2.39% increase in the city’s budget and a 3% increase in the Board of Education’s budget for the coming fiscal year. That will result in budgets of $201.8 million for the city and $233.4 million for the school district.  At the…

  • Flat Funding? Spreading Out the Pain? Norwalk Board Weighs Options Ahead of Budget Vote

    Flat Funding? Spreading Out the Pain? Norwalk Board Weighs Options Ahead of Budget Vote

    Keep the budget the same as last year, phase in tax increases, find other areas to cut spending—these are among the scenarios Norwalk’s Board of Estimate and Taxation is weighing ahead of a vote on the budget scheduled for Monday, April 1.  “I think we need to decide as a board are we comfortable with…

  • Future of North Seven Plans Uncertain After Developer Pulls Application

    Future of North Seven Plans Uncertain After Developer Pulls Application

    Despite years of planning and discussion, the future of the proposed North Seven development is suddenly up in the air after developer Building and Land Technology pulled its application for Phase 1.  Attorney David Waters, representing the developer, withdrew the application during the March 20 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting after commissioners seemed likely to…

  • ‘The Vines’ Sculpture, Facing Eviction, May Move to Maritime Garage

    ‘The Vines’ Sculpture, Facing Eviction, May Move to Maritime Garage

    Anyone who has driven, walked, or taken a bus along West Avenue in Norwalk has seen the undulating artwork called “Gateway to Norwalk,” popularly known as The Vines. The 700- to 800-foot sculpture hangs along the concrete retaining walls, and is made up of twisted metal meant to evoke vines that spell out words and…

  • What Should Our Transit Service Really Look Like?

    What Should Our Transit Service Really Look Like?

    What areas of Norwalk are currently well-served by bus, paratransit, and microtransit services? Where are there redundancies and how can service be improved? Those were among the questions a Norwalk Transit District “State of the System” report aimed to answer. The report is part of an initiative from the Norwalk Transit District, NTD Ahead, which…

  • Norden Park’s New Plan: MTA Work Site and Plant Nursery

    Norden Park’s New Plan: MTA Work Site and Plant Nursery

    The City of Norwalk has gotten its first look at a new proposal for 10 Norden Place, the sprawling commercial property known as Norden Park. The proposed plan includes a transportation maintenance terminal for the MTA and the site of a plant nursery. The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission met March 6 to review the…

  • Norwalk P&Z Gets First Look at New Plans for Vacant Main Avenue Site

    Norwalk P&Z Gets First Look at New Plans for Vacant Main Avenue Site

    What was thought to be the future site of a large big-box store—presumably BJ’s—might now be home to a coffee shop, drive-thru restaurant, retail space, and 10 apartments. But Norwalk Planning and Zoning Commissioners expressed skepticism over the latest iteration for the Main Avenue site, with one calling the new proposal “underwhelming.” The Commission got…

  • South Norwalk Could Have Two Side-by-Side Hotels

    South Norwalk Could Have Two Side-by-Side Hotels

    The Norwalk Planning and Zoning Commission got its first look Wednesday at new proposed plans for an 8-story, 100-room hotel at 25 and 31-35 South Main Street, next to the  Marriott SoNo Residence Inn. “There was a proposal to extend the Residence Inn, but the deal with Residence Inn did not materialize,” said Attorney Liz…

  • After Heated Debate, Norwalk Council Sets Budget Cap at $440.6 Million

    After Heated Debate, Norwalk Council Sets Budget Cap at $440.6 Million

    The Norwalk Common Council voted 11-4 on Tuesday to set this year’s budget cap at $440.6 million, rejecting pleas for additional funding in a heated debate. Council member Nicol Ayers pushed for an amendment to the cap, raising it by $300,000. While the Council does not have the ability to make line item changes in…

  • Norwalk Committee Receives an Update on School Construction Projects

    Norwalk Committee Receives an Update on School Construction Projects

    With Cranbury Elementary School almost finished and the South Norwalk Elementary School and Norwalk High School projects getting underway, Alan Lo, the city’s building and facilities manager, provided the Board of Education’s Facilities Committee with a status report. Norwalk High School Now that the Common Council has approved the proposal from Gilbane Building Company for…

  • Norwalk Council Tables Budget Cap Vote: “This Is Going to Be Very Hard”

    Norwalk Council Tables Budget Cap Vote: “This Is Going to Be Very Hard”

    The Norwalk Common Council voted unanimously Tuesday to table a vote on the preliminary budget cap, citing a need for additional information and time to review the full budget. The line-by-line city budget was posted on Friday, according to Council members, with many asking for time to review it before voting on what the cap…