NORWALK, Conn. – A plan to turn over city-owned property to the Norwalk Housing Authority was approved at Tuesday evening’s Common Council meeting, moving ahead an application to get a $30 million federal grant in an effort to transform South Norwalk.
Councilwoman Anna Duleep (D-At Large) was the only person to vote against the proposal to grant NHA the sole right to buy the city-owned properties at 19 and 20 Day Streets for $1. The move gives the authority “site control,” a requirement of the HUD (Housing and Urban Development) Choice Neighborhoods grant, which the authority hopes will fund a development to replace the aging Washington Village.
Planning Committee Chairman Nick Kydes (R-District C) said, “I have seen no one from South Norwalk say anything against this.”
Only Duleep and three members of the public opposed the option. Duleep grilled Norwalk Redevelopment Agency Director Tim Sheehan, trying to get her points across, but the measure passed 13 to 1.
Mayor Richard Moccia promptly told Sheehan, “Have the papers on my desk in the morning.”
In other council news, a new ordinance employee pay scale was approved. That included a substantial raise for the mayor.
Moccia was careful to point out that the person who wins the fall election will be eligible for the higher payscale.