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Although the property had previously been used as a drug rehabilitation center, a new proposal to make it a facility that would transition prisoners back into society met with resistance.
"More people are starting to take notice of who we are and what we have to offer," says Harry Rilling, recently elected to his fourth term as mayor. "We’ve got it all.”
The future of the governos’s ambitious 10-year, $21 billion CT2030 plan is very much in doubt, with state Republicans remaining skeptical and several of his fellow Democratic lawmakers hedging their bets as next year’s election looms.
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, and Trumbull First Selectman Vicki Tesoro were all re-elected, while State Rep. Fred Camillo is taking as Greenwich First Selectman from the retiring Peter Tesei.
Additional curbside parking spots in the Wall Street district have the potential for $1.8 million per year for the area, according to Jud Aley, a member of the Norwalk Parking Authority Board.
The department "will be more responsive to the public going forward through improved customer service and communication," says Mayor Harry Rilling.
Upon completion, Soundview Landing will replace the former 136-unit Washington Village public housing project with 273 new, modern apartments, inclusive of a one-for-one replacement of the 136 public housing units that previously existed.
According to Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau, the five member municipalities contribute 22 percent of the total income tax revenue to the state, while the county overall contributes 42 percent.
The new complex, which involved the razing of the existing Washington Village and its 136 apartments, will feature a mix of workforce, public-housing and market-rate apartments as well as a new name: Soundview Landing.
The area is home to a variety of businesses, including Diageo, Factset Research Systems, Datto, Frontier Communications and General Electric.
Although the city expects to miss its July 2018 deadline, the state is unlikely to penalize it, according to Planning & Zoning Department Director Steven Kleppin.
Renovations to the Merritt 7 station, replacement of the 120-year-old Walk Bridge – and possibly building a new station in the Wall Street district – are all part of the plan.