“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…
“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.
“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.
"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…
“We have some informal studies. You’ll see that we provide more parking than actually required, so that should actually help.” – Matthew Edvardsen of Spinnaker Real Estate Partners 1 1 Quote from The Hour East Norwalk Apartments Plan Presented, Many Concerned January 18, 2018.
“We're in a very awkward position here. The POCD has not yet been completed. There are funds available for an East Avenue study. You obviously have a project here you want to get moving. And yet we don’t have the information we need ... I turn to the staff to ask if you have a solution to this quandary.” – Louis Schulman, Zoning Commissioner 1 1 Quote from The Hour East Norwalk Apartments Plan Presented, Many Concerned January 18, 2018.
“With that amount of activity going in and out of the park, it would be tough for us to condone that (construction) activity.” – Michael Mocciae, Director of Recreation and Parks 1 “Instead of mono poles, the lines are going in an underground conduit...the tunnel would probably go under the entrance road at Veterans Park, and the wires will come back up to the railroad tracks at Van Zant Street...It makes absolute sense to me.” – Bruce Chimento, Director of Public Works 2 1 Quote from Nancy on Norwalk Norwalk Rejecting Veteran's Park 'Alternative' to Eminent Domain in Walk Bridge Project August 24, 2016. 2 Quote from Nancy on Norwalk Chimento Illuminates Walk Bridge Updates June 26, 2017.