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Mike McGuire

  • Questions and answers on ‘POKO’

    Why does Citibank want to do this 100% affordable tax credit deal? Easy, they get the best return on their investment. And they also get a “basket of goodies” from the City as well. What is in that “Basket of Goodies”? Let’s take a look First and foremost, the developer of this property, Citibank/McClutchy, receives…

  • GGP’s Mall

    We are at zero hour.  If GGP is not allowed to move forward the anchor tenants will likely drop out.  And we, Norwalk, will lose the best development prospect we’ve ever had.   The question is, are we going to chase away a $400 million investment in Norwalk?  All because we did not realize that we…

  • Norwalk Council set to consider GGP’s hotel-less mall next week

    NORWALK, Conn. – Opinions from the public Monday were weighted against building The SoNo Collection, as currently desired by GGP. “The presence of a hotel on the city’s skyline speaks volumes. It’s welcoming and it speaks to the city’s success… what would compensate the city for the loss of this status symbol?” Sally Marsico asked…

  • Rilling looks to spur redevelopment in SoNo, Wall Street area

    NORWALK, Conn. – A new master plan for the Webster Street lot is only part of the focus for Norwalk redevelopment, Mayor Harry Rilling said. “Toward the end of this month I am having a meeting with Pullman and Comley, (a law firm) who are going to discuss with us advancing options, some of the…

  • Office space seen going the way of dinosaurs for Fairfield Co.

    NORWALK, Conn. – The lack of validity of putting office space on the highly visible piece of Norwalk property now owned by a mall developer is shown by the problems brewing in Norden Park, Ernie DesRochers said. While the Land Disposition Agreement (LDA) for the 95/7 site calls for 600,000 square feet of office space,…

  • Norwalkers push Planning Committee for better planning, citing ‘cat and mouse game,’ political pressure

    NORWALK, Conn. – The push for planning was sprung on Norwalk Common Council members Thursday as four citizens urged the Planning Committee to change the way business is done, invoking the recent spectacles of a proposed BJ’s Wholesale Club and the mosque proposed for 127 Fillow St., as well as the plan to enlarge a…

  • Norwalk Center Task Force zeroes in on POKO, parking

      NORWALK, Conn. – The Yankee Doodle Garage was mentioned over and over again Monday — along with the words “parking” and “POKO” — by the energized members of the Norwalk Center Task Force. The task force’s second meeting was a brainstorming and information-sharing session, where the “long shot” idea of a Wall Street train station…