Bridgeport seeks developers for more downtown housing

The city has issued a pair of requests for proposals from developers for municipal-owned lots at Golden Hill Street, which is across from the historic Superior Court building, and around the corner from that location at Main and Middle streets adjacent to the new Berlinetta Brewing Company. Currently city-based developer John Guedes, known for his work in Shelton, is constructing 90 market-rate apartments on formerly city-owned land at Congress and Main streets. That project, proposed in 2019, was significantly delayed by contaminated soil and the coronavirus pandemic. Completion is now scheduled for spring 2023. “If you bring in the market rate residential developments, then it generates a need” for more services/retail, he said in January after confirming his interest in purchasing the Holiday Inn.

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