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  • Opinion: Proposed Norwalk incentives would increase tax revenue

    The Norwalk Redevelopment Agency has previously proposed a plan for real estate tax incentives to spur investment in the redevelopment of the Wall Street and West Avenue areas. This proposal was earlier referred to as the Innovation District and is now a proposal in the form of an ordinance. There has been some opposition voiced to the notion…

  • Norwalk Council gets an earful on ‘Innovation District’ proposal

    Updated, 8:59 a.m.: Copy edits NORWALK, Conn. – Wall Street area small business owners and Norwalk community activists made their pitches Tuesday to Common Council members, arguing that no tax incentives are needed in the Wall Street-West Avenue area. They found support in one Council member, Minority Leader Doug Hempstead (R-District D). “I’ve been with five Mayors. This…

  • Opinion: Loose use of term ‘blight’ is wrong and will no longer be tolerated

    This is an open letter sent  by Attorney Candace Fay to the Common Council Ordinance Committee on behalf of real estate broker Jason Milligan. The Committee is holding a public hearing on the Real Estate Tax Agreement for the Wall Street-West Avenue Neighborhood plan, formerly called the “Innovation District,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday (today) in City Hall…

  • Norwalk ‘Innovation District’ coming back to public hearing, possible vote

    Updated, 9:46 a.m.: Copy edits NORWALK, Conn. – A proposal to create tax incentives for development in Norwalk Center has a new name and may be voted on Tuesday.  What was initially termed an “Innovation District” is now a “Real Estate Tax Agreement” and may be voted on Tuesday. Common Council members are holding a public…

  • Norwalk Council amends, tables Innovation District; more changes possible

    Updated, 6:54 a.m.: Copy edits NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Common Council members on Tuesday voted to amend their Innovation District proposal and tabled the matter for a month to consider more changes. This followed about an hour’s worth of colorful testimony in the Ordinance Committee’s public hearing on the tax incentive plan intended to spur…

  • Opinion: Vote yes for Innovation District

    As a resident and strong supporter of Norwalk for decades, and a small business owner, I strongly support the proposed Innovation District (ID) in the downtown West Avenue-Wall Street corridor, and I hope the Common Council will vote yes for this smart policy change.  It is designed to attract more high-paying jobs, and also increase property…

  • Sheehan responds to criticisms of Innovation District

    Updated, 6:11 a.m., 5:56 a.m.: Copy edits NORWALK, Conn. — Tim Sheehan has responded to critics of the proposal to create an Innovation District in Norwalk Center. The proposed Innovation District would enable tax incentives of up to $15 million over five years for development in Central Norwalk. Sheehan, Redevelopment Agency Executive Director, on Tuesday issued…

  • Opinion: Common Council should vote no on Innovation District

    Michael McGuire, a Wall Street property owner, has more than 35 years experience in commercial real estate. This is an open letter he sent to the Norwalk Common Council. I am strongly against the Innovation District plan as put forward by the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency (“RDA”) for the following reasons:

  • Norwalk political notes: NAACP outrage, NFD truck and a tax rant

    Updated, 6:23 a.m.: Copy edits NORWALK, Conn. — Here’s a roundup of Norwalk political items: Norwalk NAACP blasts Westport eatery’s racist drink title Norwalk Fire Department gets high-water-rescue truck cheaply Tax-hating Norwalker vows opposition to Innovation District

  • Proposed Norwalk Innovation District criticized and defended

    Proposed Norwalk Innovation District criticized and defended

    Updated, 8:16 a.m.: Copy edits, new headline NORWALK, Conn. – A proposed Innovation District, which would enable tax incentives for Central Norwalk of up to $15 million over five years, has Norwalkers talking in the midst of a sleepy summer. Mayor Harry Rilling sought to clarify and defend the proposal, intended to encourage development, in a Tuesday e-mail to critic Jackie…

  • Melendez moves Innovation District proposal to Tuesday public hearing

    Updated, 5:35 p.m.: No vote tonight. 6:41 a.m.: Copy edits NORWALK, Conn. — Your input is invited Tuesday evening on a Norwalk proposal to award up to $15 million in tax credits to developers over five years. The Common Council Ordinance Committee is holding a public hearing on the proposed Innovation District, which the Council…

  • Norwalk Innovation District fizzles in Committee

    Norwalk Innovation District fizzles in Committee

    Updated, 7:50 a.m.: Copy edits NORWALK, Conn. — Six Norwalk Common Council members were evenly divided Tuesday regarding a plan which supporters say would revitalize Central Norwalk.   

  • Norwalk political notes: Appointments, Wilms and tax incentives

    Norwalk political notes: Appointments, Wilms and tax incentives

    Updated, 6:47 a.m., 10:09 a.m.: Copy edits NORWALK, Conn. – Here are some recent Norwalk odds and ends: Two chosen for Redevelopment Agency Three appointed to Oak Hills Park Authority Remson named to Ethics Committee Barbara Smyth to lead Personnel Committee DiScala: ‘Smart money only goes where it is welcome’ Wilms announces perfect voting record

  • Central Norwalk Innovation District proposal moves forward

    Central Norwalk Innovation District proposal moves forward

    NORWALK, Conn. – Guidelines for a proposed Central Norwalk Innovation District, which would offer financial incentives to encourage certain developments, have been tweaked and sent to another set of eyes for consideration and review. This included victories for both Common Council member Doug Hempstead (R-District D) and activist Diane Lauricella, as the Council Planning Committee on Thursday…

  • Norwalk moving ahead Innovation District proposal, to CNNA’s dismay

    Norwalk moving ahead Innovation District proposal, to CNNA’s dismay

    NORWALK, Conn. – All due diligence will be taken in the crafting of an Innovation District, Common Council President John Kydes (D-District C) said Tuesday. Kydes was responding to a NancyOnNorwalk inquiry inspired by comments made at Monday’s Coalition of Norwalk Neighborhood Associations (CNNA) meeting, in reference to a Council Planning Committee meeting held last…

  • Norwalk Council mulls Innovation District

    NORWALK, Conn. — Up to $15 million in tax incentives are being contemplated as part of a new Norwalk Innovation District. “An Innovation District is a defined geographic area within a city where research, technology, and creative businesses and institutions are clustered. The area offers amenities and an atmosphere that encourages open ideas and shared…