TOD Study Community Visioning Forum (3/23/2019)

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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. 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.
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Maritime Aquarium

Eminent Domain, Uncategorized, Walk Bridge
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…
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What People Have Said

What People Have Said

Uncategorized, What People Have Said
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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What People Have Said

Uncategorized, What People Have Said
“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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City Commissions Should Drive East Norwalk Planning Design

Decision-Makers In Action, Latest Post, Uncategorized
Once again, Norwalk's Planning and Zoning Commissions are being asked to make changes to the zoning code to facilitate a development that is not on its planning radar. East Norwalk has been neglected for decades for Planning Design and pro-active Economic Development invitations to new businesses. While the active and well-funded Redevelopment Agency has made and re-made South and Central Norwalk, East Norwalk has sat waiting for its turn to be the bride for comprehensive planning and economic development. Now, on the cusp of beginning the Plan of Conservation and Development, and a $125k grant from the State to study and plan for Transit Oriented Development around the East Norwalk Train Station, an applicant is seeking to jump to the head of the line and use the TOD zoning code…
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218 East Avenue

218 East Avenue

Eminent Domain, Uncategorized
This property was originally identified for an easement (or “partial take”) only to accommodate the widening of the roadway. After the rights-of-way agreement in connection with the roadway project failed to receive approval, the City and the DOT transferred the rights-of-way to the railway bridge project for construction staging instead. At that time, this property was also included for a "total take" and added to plans to put in a parking lot for the railroad station. 218 East Avenue, at the corner of Fort Point Street, and directly across the street from the southbound platform of the East Norwalk Metro North station was the location of a thriving local business, El Sabor Latino. This panaderia was a popular morning stop for breakfast.
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220 East Avenue

220 East Avenue

Eminent Domain, Uncategorized
As early as 2010, this property was identified as a “total take”. The new, steeper slope generated by the roadway lowering would have made the use of the property owner’s driveway too hazardous. After the rights-of-way agreement in connection with the roadway project failed to receive approval, the City and the DOT transferred the rights-of-way to the railway bridge project for construction staging instead. At that time, plans were also developed to put in a parking lot for the railroad station. This private residence was the subject of an extended effort to resist eminent domain proceedings. The former owner has since passed away.
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222 East Avenue

Eminent Domain, Uncategorized
As early as 2010, this property was identified as a "total take". The new, steeper slope generated by the roadway lowering would have made the use of the property owner's driveway too hazardous. After the rights-of-way agreement in connection with the roadway project failed to receive approval, the City and the DOT transferred the rights-of-way to the railway bridge project for construction staging instead. At that time, plans were also developed to put in a parking lot for the railroad station.
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