There's been some excitement, and a fair amount of anxiety as one of Norwalk's two municipal water companies released it's required annual water quality report this summer. FIRST DISTRICT 2018 WATER QUALITY REPORT The First District Water Department, which serves parts of East Norwalk as "out-of-district" customers, quietly added something new to the report this year as a result of new testing recommendations from the State of Connecticut. It was a section reporting on the presence of a family of chemicals frequently called PFAs, PFOs or PFOAs. These chemicals are getting increased scrutiny from governments all over the U.S. as their toxicity, pervasiveness, persistence and effects on human health are being examined more closely. Despite this attention, the Federal government, via the Environmental Protection Agency has failed to set firm…
The second public forum to gather input for the Transit Oriented Development study for East Norwalk around the railway bridge was held on July 25th. This session involved a visual preference survey answered by the eighty or so attendees. If you missed the session, you can review the presentation, and keep your eyes peeled for an online version of the survey.
At a recent meeting attended by Walk Bridge Project and DEEP representatives, it was reported that Connecticut's Department of Transportation intends to submit the master permit application for the Walk Bridge and its associated projects on September 1, 2019. Still pending are referrals from the Shellfish and Harbor Commissions on the Eversource undergrounding project, as well as sign-off from the Third Taxing District on certain elements of the East Avenue redesign project being done along with the railroad bridge.
There will be a public hearing by the Planning Committee of the Common Council on Thursday July 18th @ 7pm on the new proposal by Municipal Holdings LLC for Wall Street Place Phase One (previously known as Poko or the "Tyvek Temple") after which they will vote on whether to advance the plan to the full Council. Meeting Agenda and Backup
On March 23, 2019, the first community engagement session took place in connection with the East Avenue TOD Study funded by a state grant of $125,000. View the presentation. Harriman, Norwalk's Planning & Zoning Department and a TOD Study Oversight Committee are working together throughout 2019 on the study. The Community Visioning Session was an opportunity for about 70 participants to provide input through several tabletop exercises.
The Walk Bridge Project will be imposing a number of permanent and temporary easements on the Maritime Aquarium. Among the impacts will be demolition of certain parts of the building and other improvements as follows: The deck platform and dock associated with the Aquarium's research vessel, the "Spirit of the Sound";IMAX Theatre;Annex building and animal exhibits located within that building; andSeal Exhibit. The State will be paying the City $2,165,000.00 for the value of these easements. As with any other property owner, the City and the Aquarium are entitled to fair market value for these “takings”. However, unlike any other property owner, the State has ALSO agreed to functionally replace all of the affected areas of the building and other improvements at the Aquarium rather than just providing the City…
“The study analyzes the existing, during construction, and final condition traffic operations in the area,” said DOT spokesman Judd Everhart. “This includes not only the Walk Bridge Replacement but also the traffic impacts associated with the construction at Fort Point Street, Osbourne Avenue and East Avenue.”
Dear Sue Prosi, It was a pleasure meeting you at the Walk Bridge meeting held at City Hall. Thank you for graciously taking the time to speak with me. I boarded the north bound Metro North last week. (Isn't it amazing that it now connects to Hartford. I thing that is one of the best things Connecticut has done!) While passing the Maritime Aquarium I couldn't help but admire the clear, unobstructed view of the Sound. The skyline is simply magnificent. I also admired the "clean" view of the Vanderbilt building that is not too far away. I've looked at a few views of the walk bridge. Some views would have it appear a military-ish, steel monstrosity. Other views render a smaller, slightly more pleasing structure. I can't know which…
Eversource currently has two 115,000 (115 kV) transmission lines along the Walk Bridge railroad corridor. CT DOT regulations do not permit utility attachments on railroad bridges. The transmission lines must be relocated prior to the construction of the new Walk Bridge. In 2016 Eversource initiated discussions with "Norwalk officials" and in April of 2017, Norwalk, CT DOT and Eversource reportedly reached "agreement" on a proposed route for the transmission lines. That route begins near the police station and goes under the harbor from 90 Water Street, through the Visitor's Docks and underneath the newly installed parking lot in Veteran's Park before re-emerging to connect with overhead installations on Fort Point Street.
In 2015 the City of Norwalk undertook a project to replace the boat ramp and the floating docks at Veteran's Park, and to improve the adjacent parking lot. The proposed route to relocate the transmission lines will thread between pilings of the newly built visitor's docks with 5'9" of clearance from each piling. The required right-of-way for the transmission lines will likely preclude work on the dock's 15' in either direction of the power line, making maintenance or modification of the docks difficult.