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After 27 years as mayor of Fairfield County’s smallest city, Mark Lauretti is toying with a possible new job: becoming mayor of Fairfield County’s largest city.
“It has been over 40 years since the East End has had a grocery store in their neighborhood,” said Mayor Joe Ganim at a ceremony announcing the new Civic Block development.
“There are really only a couple of Class A buildings in downtown Bridgeport," said Avison Young's Christopher Grundy. "But there’s a growing number of great features and activities in the area that make it very attractive.”
Among the questions still to be addressed is how the new concert venue will peacefully coexist with the Webster Bank Arena next door.
The remaining contenders for the Democratic nomination are Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont, who received the party’s endorsement at its recent convention, and Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, who collected enough signatures to be included.
Both political parties’ primaries will be held on Aug. 14; the general election will take place on Nov. 6.
Questions about traffic, increasing casino competition from neighboring states, and the wisdom or breaking the state compact with the tribes operating Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods remain, say several observers.
Since taking office in December, Laura Hoydick has been eager to put Stratford’s obstreperous past behind and focus on a positive political environment.
The bond sale was made possible through special legislation sponsored by the Bridgeport delegation and adopted by the Connecticut General Assembly during the 2017 legislative session.
"It is a city that fast growing and looked at by others, either in whispers or loud voice, as a place that’s on the move," said Mayor Joe Ganim.
Pending regulatory approval, the project -- designed to provide a more environmentally friendly and cost-effective energy source -- is expected to begin construction in the second quarter of 2018.
“We feel the City of Danbury is the strongest location to service Amazon’s second North American headquarters,” Mayor Mark Boughton said.
Peter Gioia, vice president and economist at the Connecticut Business & Industry Association, expressed concern, saying “I wish Bridgeport focused a lot more on other developments."