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

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

East Avenue
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

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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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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15, 19 & 21 Fort Point Street

Eminent Domain
In 2017, the CT DOT concluded publicly that no further takings would be necessary in connection with the Walk Bridge project(s) after whittling down the list of 17 properties originally targeted around Liberty Square (and in addition to the three taken on East Avenue). In April of 2018, they announced the realignment of the Fort Point Street roadway, and the relocation of the bridge passageway. This necessitated additional property acquisitions at 19 & 21 Fort Point Street, as well as an easement at 15 Fort Point Street. This was to be the second time the business at 19, a thriving landscaping business was to be relocated. The thriving restaurant at 21 is the second minority owned business being displaced by the state adjacent to a railway bridge to accommodate a…
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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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