What People Have Said

What People Have Said

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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…
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Eversource Undergrounding Project Walk Bridge Connection

Eversource Undergrounding Project Walk Bridge Connection

Eversource Undergrounding
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.
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Eversource Undergrounding and the Visitor’s Docks

Eversource Undergrounding and the Visitor’s Docks

Eversource Undergrounding
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.
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Eversource Undergrounding and Environmental Concerns

Eversource Undergrounding and Environmental Concerns

Eversource Undergrounding
The proposed route for the undergrounding of two electric transmission cables will involve horizontal directional drilling and take a path through Veteran's Memorial Park. According to Wikipedia, that land, formally named Duffy's Field, was also once a dumpsite that was never environmentally tested. Dumping continued until the 1960s. Veterans Park was built before the state Department of Environmental Protection had a permitting process for old dumpsites. This project was not subject to environmental review as part of the EA/EIS done for the Walk Bridge project, for technical reasons, even though the relocation is a necessary consequence. Eversource intends to petition the Connecticut Siting Council (which is responsible for overseeing the location/installation of utility resources) for a Declaratory Ruling that no Certificate of Environmental Compatibility & Public Need is required. Also…
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April 5th Zoning Commission Meeting Report – FINAL DECISION

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After a public hearing that was continued on April 2nd, and after hearing the results of two peer reviews, the Zoning Commissioners unanimously approved both the zone change and the project: h. #11-17R - 230 East Avenue, LLC – Proposed amendments to Section 118-700 to permit transit oriented development (TOD) in the Ind#1 zone at the East Norwalk Railroad Station – Review of public hearing – Report and recommended action i. #11-17SP/#29-17CAM - 230 East Avenue, LLC – 230 East Ave/3 Rowan St/Osborne Av – New 5-6 story, 276,408 sf mixed use development with 189 multifamily dwelling units (215,025 sq ft), 39,492 square feet office, 4,260 sq ft gross (2,130 sq ft active) restaurant, 5,550 sq ft gross (4,163 sq ft active) retail and 15,939 sf Pooch Hotel (existing) in…
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What People Have Said

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“I believe we should use the POCD process and the recently state-funded East Avenue TOD grant to direct the future of the TOD plan area,” Davidson said. “We should not be using a (zoning) text-change amendment to apply to a specific parcel. This has been the cause of much of the disjointed development in the past. We should do our planning first and our development after our planning." – David Davidson, Planning Commissioner 1 1 Quote from The Hour - Planning Commission Backs TOD Plan for East Norwalk Train Station February 20, 2018.
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What People Have Said

What People Have Said
“In a perfect world, everything would be put on hold until all the studies were done,” said Planning and Zoning Director Steven Kleppin, whose department in December won a $125,000 state grant to fund the study. – Steven Kleppin, Planning & Zoning Director 1 1 Nancy on Norwalk Spinnaker Pitches East Norwalk TOD Development to P&Z Commissions January 18, 2018.
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What People Have Said

What People Have Said
"At the end of the day, the wrong question is being debated. The question is not whether this is a good project, or whether Mssrs Fowler and Fieber are good people with good intentions. It’s whether a zone change of this magnitude should be accorded to a single property using criteria derived to design a zone for an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT AREA OF THE CITY, when a perfectly good study, funded by the state is about to begin. If we didn’t accept text amendments at the same time as project applications, we could look at this request rationally. First the zone change, then the project and it’s fitness for the zone." – Debora Goldstein, Third Taxing District Commissioner 1 1 Comment on Nancy on Norwalk Spinnaker Pitches East Norwalk TOD Development…
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