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BJ’s Wholesale Club Norwalk application

  • Norwalk Education Foundation gets $5K grant from BJ’s; Common Core forum set for Thursday

    NORWALK, Conn. – The Norwalk Education Foundation (NEF) has received a $5,000 grant from the BJ’s Charitable Giving Foundation that will be used to support professional development for teachers in Norwalk Public Schools as they transition onto the Common Core State Standards Go Math curriculum. The announcement was made Monday afternoon by the NEF. BJ’s…

  • ‘Big box’-banning Norwalk zone change dies in committee

    NORWALK, Conn. – The people behind the withdrawn application to put a BJ’s Wholesale Club on Norwalk’s Main Avenue are interested in trying again, according to Mayor Harry Rilling. If they do, there will be no new zoning regulation to stop them. Or, as one zoning commissioner put it, no new regulation to inspire a…

  • Once Around the City: Some shocking news… about Watts, BJ’s & more

    NORWALK, Conn. – There’s been some buzz about defibrillators in the schools. A week ago, it was suggested at the Mayor’s Night Out that Norwalk Public Schools should all be equipped with defibrillators. The next day, Mayor Harry Rilling said he had spoken with a possible corporate sponsor who might provide the life-saving equipment. Then…

  • Rilling: BJ’s has made overtures about making another try for Main Ave.

    NORWALK, Conn. – Mayor Harry Rilling confirmed Friday night that he has been approached by representatives of BJ’s Wholesale Club about renewing their quest for a store on Main Avenue. “There have been discussions, but no formal discussions,” Rilling said in response to a question after NancyOnNorwalk received a tip. “They are interested in resubmitting.…

  • Wheels begin to turn slowly for proposed Norwalk zoning change

      NORWALK, Conn. – The BJ’s application scared a lot of people, said a Norwalk zoning commissioner who is now pushing for a change in zoning regulations to make a large retail store illegal on Main Avenue. Mike Mushak relentlessly questioned lawyers behind the application to put a 109,000-square-foot BJ’s Wholesale Club on the old…

  • Seen and Heard in Norwalk: A BJ’s near you?

    NORWALK, Conn. – Here are some items of interest that were seen or heard recently in Norwalk: BJ’s maintaining Norwalk presence The application to build a BJ’s Wholesale Club in Norwalk may have been pulled, but the company is soliciting customers here anyway. Thursday’s mail produced a free 60-day membership card for the BJ’s store…

  • New Norwalk Planning Commissioner advised: Get with the plan

    NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk’s newest Planning Commissioner was urged Tuesday night to do something that others are apparently not doing – take a hard fought-for plan seriously. Two members of the public took to the microphone in the Common Council chamber to urge Bill Dunne and other members of Norwalk’s government to consider the Plan…

  • Norwalk council candidates address issue of big box jobs

    NORWALK, Conn. – Low-paying jobs that lead to the exodus of young Norwalkers was one of the topics bandied about by Common Council candidates last week in East Norwalk. With the withdrawal of the application to build a BJ’s Wholesale Club on Main Avenue fresh on everyone’s minds, Republican Norwalk Police Commissioner Pete Torrano asked…

  • Norwalk neighbors gird for future BJ’s battle

    Correction 4:19 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24: Nancy Rosett’s name was misspelled in the original version of this story. NORWALK, Conn. – The application for a BJ’s Wholesale Club has been pulled, but the forensic analysis continues for the defenders of Norwalk neighborhoods who were opposed to the project and, as in the past, frustrated by…

  • Seen and Heard in Norwalk: Unusual closeness, and a bump in the night

    NORWALK, Conn. – Here are some items of interest that were seen or heard recently in Norwalk: Pols in the park: This is big, Mac Mayor Richard Moccia was among the local politicians gathered in Ryan Park Friday to applaud Ganga Duleep, mother of Councilwoman Anna Duleep. Why was the mayor applauding someone who has…

  • Norwalk zoning commissioner proposes changing regulations in wake of BJ’s withdrawal

    NORWALK, Conn. – A windmill-tilting zoning commissioner is looking into changing the regulations for Norwalk’s Main Avenue to outlaw big box stores — the likes of BJ’s Wholesale Club — in favor of residential complexes. The request by Mike Mushak topped a fiery 17-minute finale to a sedate public hearing Thursday night that had been expected to…

  • Neighborhood Coalition to explain Norwalk zoning application process

    NORWALK, Conn. – So, exactly how does Norwalk handle major zoning applications? The recent hullabaloo over the BJ’s Wholesale Club application that was withdrawn – at least for now – Wednesday has left a lot of residents wondering how things got to the point of press conferences, private presentations and public protests. Coalition members organized…

  • Could Norwalk bare it? Main Ave. property owner makes strip club ‘threat’

    NORWALK, Conn. – A strip club on Main Avenue? Say what? That was one of the options that witnesses said property owner and Westport resident Alexander Gurevich suggested last week to Norwalk neighbors of the dirt wasteland where BJ’s Wholesale Club would like to put up a store. Gurevich’s comment has been described as “threatening”…

  • BJ’s withdraws application for 272-280 Main Ave. – for now

    NORWALK, Conn. — The application by 272-280 Main Avenue LLC and BJ’s  Wholesale has decided to withdraw their application to build a nearly 110,000-square-foot store on the Main Avenue site. According to a statement issued by the LLC and BJ’s Wednesday afternoon, public opposition to the project has caused them to rethink their attempt to…

  • Letter: Withdraw the BJ’s proposal for Main Avenue

    By Douglas Hempstead, Bruce Kimmel and Jerry Petrini To the Editor: NORWALK, Conn. — As Common Council representatives from Norwalk’s District D – which includes the Cranbury, Winnipauk, Broad River and Silvermine neighborhoods – we believe the application to locate a BJ’s regional store on Main Avenue should be withdrawn. We have serious reservations about…

  • BJ’s planners promise to improve quality of water heading to Norwalk River

    NORWALK, Conn. – Improved water quality is part of the pitch to put a BJ’s Wholesale Club on Norwalk’s Main Avenue on the site of a Superfund cleanup. “Right now the water comes over that site and ends up in the Norwalk River untreated,” Attorney Frank Zullo said at last week’s Plan Review Committee meeting.…