Updated 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, with comments from Mayor Harry Rilling.:
NORWALK, Conn. – The long-dormant former Superfund site at 272-280 Main Ave. – the site proposed a year ago for a BJ’s Wholesale Club – is attracting some renewed interest, according to a City Hall source who requested anonymity.
The five-acre parcel is being looked at as a possible site for an assisted living center, the source said Monday.
On Tuesday, Mayor Harry Rilling confirmed the city has spoken with a developer, but he declined to say who that is.
“Well, we’ve had some dialogue,” Rilling said. “It’s a little premature, but I’m cautiously optimistic. Hopefully they will maintain their interest after they look at the property.”
The BJ’s proposal became a hot-button issue during the 2013 mayoral campaign, with then-Mayor Richard Moccia arguing in favor of welcoming more Big Box retail development to the city, and then-candidate Harry Rilling fighting against it. BJ’s, which had proposed a 109,000-square-foot store for the site on the heavily traveled road, eventually withdrew its application in the face of growing opposition from the community.
The parcel is the former site of ELINCO (Electric Indicator Co.).