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  • Neighborhood opposition to Norden site plan pushes vote to a 4th hearing

    Neighborhood opposition to Norden site plan pushes vote to a 4th hearing

    The Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday night ended its third public meeting related to the proposal from the MTA to turn part of the 10 Norden Place site into a “transportation maintenance terminal” with no vote yet. The commission heard more than three hours of testimony from residents, who oppose the project, which pushed…

  • Jason Milligan, proposing a Wall Street hotel, now sees City as friend not foe

    Jason Milligan, proposing a Wall Street hotel, now sees City as friend not foe

    Real estate broker Jason Milligan has a plan to make over 21-23 Isaacs Street, currently home to Rebel Daughter Cookies and ARC Sound Stage Lighting. He proposes building a hotel there. And he plans to build it on the controversial parking lot that was part of the longstanding “POKO” lawsuit between Milligan and the City.…

  • Norwalk ramps up plans for ordinance mandating ‘Complete Streets’ designed for all

    Norwalk ramps up plans for ordinance mandating ‘Complete Streets’ designed for all

    Correction: Corrects to 14 traffic fatalities instead of 414. from 2015-2019. Ramping up efforts to make Norwalk’s streets safer and more accessible to all, city transportation officials are working with Common Council members to draft and ultimately pass a “Complete Streets” ordinance mandating “streets designed for everyone.” “What this ordinance will do is it will…

  • Norwalk has a new tax assessor, or almost

    Norwalk has a new tax assessor, or almost

    The city of Norwalk could soon have an official, full-time Tax Assessor. The appointment would fill a post that has been vacant for the last 14 months, since the last Tax Assessor departed following several years of tumult in the assessor’s office.  Paul Gorman, who has been serving as the city’s interim tax assessor, says…

  • On 3rd try, Norwalk wins $400,000 ‘Safe Streets’ grant

    On 3rd try, Norwalk wins $400,000 ‘Safe Streets’ grant

    Norwalk was one of just 99 communities across the country to receive a federal ‘Safe Streets and Roads for All’ grant this week, city officials learned last night.  The city won the $400,000 planning and development grant to create a comprehensive safety action plan for Norwalk’s streets. Jim Travers, director of Transportation, Mobility, and Parking, informed…

  • Upcoming City Meetings…At your Fingertips

    Upcoming City Meetings…At your Fingertips

    Here are the upcoming events for the City of Norwalk for this week: 1. Fair Housing Advisory Commission    – May 20, 2024, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM    – Location: Norwalk Health Department 2. Traffic Authority    – May 20, 2024, 4:00 PM - 4:15 PM    – Location: City Hall (Via Zoom Webinar)    – LINK: https://norwalkct-org.zoom.us/j/83705265389#success 3. Police Commission    – May…

  • How can Norwalk improve Route 1’s most congested corridor?

    How can Norwalk improve Route 1’s most congested corridor?

    How can Norwalk improve three of the most congested, hazardous miles of Route 1, running from the Darien border up to just past Jefferson Elementary? How can the road be made safer and more accessible for a variety of users–pedestrians, drivers and residents? Yesterday, a new study took its first steps in attempting to answer…

  • “Dining in the Gilded Age,” with food historian at Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, June 4

    “Dining in the Gilded Age,” with food historian at Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, June 4

    Food historian Becky L. Diamond’s illustrated talk and tasting “Dining in the Gilded Age,” based on her book The Gilded Age Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from America’s Golden Era will explore lavish nineteenth century cuisine served at ladies’ luncheons, dinner parties, debutante balls, and such. Diamond’s two hour presentation, the latest installment of the Lockwood-Mathews…

  • East Norwalk residents, experts decry “injustice” of MTA’s plans to create a transportation terminal at Norden Place

    East Norwalk residents, experts decry “injustice” of MTA’s plans to create a transportation terminal at Norden Place

    For more than two hours at the May 15 public hearing, residents from primarily East Norwalk, but also from other parts of the city—as well as experts hired on their behalf—expressed deep frustrations and concerns over the proposed plans for Norden Place.  The MTA has proposed using a portion of the mostly vacant site for…

  • Students to celebrate CMS 40th anniversary Olympic Torch run

    Students to celebrate CMS 40th anniversary Olympic Torch run

    Alumni of Columbus Magnet School (now renamed Concord Magnet School) can mark the 40th Anniversary of Norwalk’s Olympic Torch Run by taking a relaxed ceremonial lap around their alma mater’s field, located at Ponus Middle School, 21 Hunters Lane. Norwalk at 9 a.m. on Friday May 24. According to a news release, Magnet School Physical…

  • Planning and Zoning Commission approves new contractor yard near South Norwalk School

    Planning and Zoning Commission approves new contractor yard near South Norwalk School

    The Planning and Zoning Commission voted 5-2-2 to approve a contractor’s storage yard and materials-processing facility at 34 Meadow Street despite some questions around environmental and traffic impacts.  The application from WEB Construction is to erect a more than 18,000-square-foot building where the LeBlanc Auto Parts car storage lot currently exists.  “The parcel is surrounded…

  • New hotel approved for South Norwalk, next to Marriott Residence Inn

    New hotel approved for South Norwalk, next to Marriott Residence Inn

    The Norwalk Planning and Zoning Commission voted 8-0-1 to approve a new 100-room hotel on South Main Street, next to the existing Marriott Residence Inn. The newly approved hotel would require the buildings at 25 and 31-35 South Main Street to be demolished in order to build the structure. The public hearing on the application…

  • Annual Veterans Memorial Ceremony this Sunday

    Annual Veterans Memorial Ceremony this Sunday

    The Annual Veterans Memorial Ceremony, honoring Norwalk’s 321 veterans who died during wartime service since World War II, will take place at Calf Pasture Beach’s Shea Magrath Memorial at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday May 19, according to a news release. Mayor Rilling is expected to attend. Prior to the ceremony, the Fairfield County Brass Band…

  • “The Sugar Maker,” co-produced by Factory Underground, debuts May 18

    “The Sugar Maker,” co-produced by Factory Underground, debuts May 18

    Ethan Isaac’s new documentary The Sugar Maker, shot by Emmy-winning cinematographer William Fitzgerald, chronicles maple syrup production at “Farmer Pete” Campbell’s Horse Shoe Farm in Ridgefield. The film, co-produced by Norwalk multimedia facility Factory Underground, is an entry in the 2024 Ridgefield Independent Film Festival. It debuts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at…

  • 5 takeaways from Norwalk Common Council’s May 14 meeting 

    5 takeaways from Norwalk Common Council’s May 14 meeting 

    Here’s a look at some action items and updates from the Common Council meeting on Tuesday, May 14.  1. Mayor Harry Rilling gives update and follow-up praise for response to I-95 crash.  At the start of the meeting, Rilling took a few moments to thank the first responders for their efforts related to the I-95…

  • Seaport Association cruises start this Sunday, May 19

    Seaport Association cruises start this Sunday, May 19

    Sunday Birding Cruises hosted by the Norwalk Seaport Association will embark from the Seaport’s new 70 Water Street dock at 7:30 a.m. on May 19, June 2, June 16, and June 30, returning around 10 a.m. A cruise guide will point out the habitats of various nesting and wading birds such as Sheffield Island’s small…