Developer of Testo’s site in Bridgeport sues to get permits back

As he promised in late October, Stephen Bellis, the attorney for the developer, has filed a lawsuit seeking to ultimately uphold the initial approval for the project and reverse decisions by Zoning Director Paul Boucher and the zoning appeals board to rescind that previously issued approval for the proposed housing complex at Madison and Westfield […]

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What does ‘capping’ I-84 even mean? Greater Hartford residents get answers on DOT’s plans

The Greater Hartford Mobility Study, which has been in the works since 2020, follows decades of planning about what to do with I-84. Leaders have proposed tunnels, closing exit ramps and other fixes as part of the Hartford 400 plan. The mobility study proposes four major projects, Burnham explained. CityLink West includes the proposal to […]

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Fairfield starts long-awaited project to address issues at Penfield Pavilion behind schedule

A multi-million dollar project to remove toxic soil and rebuild the foundation at Penfield Pavilion has started, though it’s later than expected. Chief Administrative Officer Tom Bremer confirmed the first phase of the project began with “hot spot removal” targeting contaminated soil tied to the town’s illegal dumping scandal, though he did not say when […]

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Stamford’s crumbling West Main St. Bridge closed and temporary one installed — but for how long?

After delayed supply deliveries pushed the project back, crews have been piecing together a temporary bridge next to the crumbling, 135-year-old one. Officials are working to have the new bridge open to pedestrians “by year’s end,” city engineer Lou Casolo said. The prefabricated bridge, which costs $1.6 million, is the city’s attempt to maintain pedestrian […]

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Work on I-95 intended to make roads safer, ease congestion in Groton, Stonington and North Stonington

The state Department of Transportation, which already is making improvements to the northbound side of Interstate 95 in Groton, Stonington and North Stonington, plans to begin work this spring to improve the highway’s southbound lanes in that area. Josh Morgan, DOT spokesman, said the improvements include paving the road, upgrading lighting and guardrails, and adding […]

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Developers pitch mixed-use redevelopment of East Hartford’s Silver Lane Plaza

The development team is composed of industry veterans including Framingham, Massachusetts-based Grossman Development Group, Charter Realty Principal Daniel M. Zelson and Jason C. Hess, a veteran real estate attorney with New York-based mixed-use developer Leyland Alliance. Collectively, the partners have helped complete millions of square feet of ground-up development and redevelopment worth more than $1.5 […]

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A new solar farm is being planned with Windsor in mind. Here’s where it might go.

Although the official proposal has not yet been submitted to the Connecticut Siting Council, Verogy, a solar developer, has informed the Town of Windsor of its intention to build a large solar panel “farm” on existing farmland at 445 River St. The project, called Windsor Solar One, would generate 5,513 mega-watt hours per year, enough […]

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Construction groups sue over Davis-Bacon change

On Tuesday, Associated Builders and Contractors and its Southeast Texas chapter filed suit against the federal government in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and Associated General Contractors of America filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The rule change aimed to raise the hourly […]

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Large contractors, union shops better at anti-harassment training

More than two-thirds of contractors now offer anti-harassment training, a finding that suggests a majority of construction companies recognize the importance of creating an inclusive worksite, according to a recent report from Dodge Construction Network. Contractors that hire union workers are more than twice as likely (85%) to have anti-harassment training than those that hire […]

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CT contractor ordered to restore wetlands, pay fine for Clean Water Act violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has entered into an agreement with a Middlefield-based construction contractor requiring the company to restore wetlands that it filled, and to pay a civil penalty for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act. The EPA said the settlement resolves allegations that Silenex Associates LLC violated federal law when it discharged, […]

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Norwich officials to discuss next steps after voters reject new police station

Tuesday’s 165-vote defeat of a proposed $44.75 million police station left city leaders to dissect the public opposition and to plan another path to replace the cramped, obsolete 44-year-old police headquarters. Was the price tag too high on the heels of last year’s approval of a massive $385 million school reconstruction project? Were voters objecting […]

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Phase III of Meriden Linear Trail officially opens

City officials cut the ribbon Monday on Phase III of the Harbor Brook Trail, which extends the city’s linear trail from Coe to Columbus avenues. The city’s completed linear trail system currently runs from Cheshire to Red Bridge in South Meriden, to Oregon Road near Hanover Pond behind two city schools, and onto Coe Avenue. […]

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Kent celebrates completion of first phase of streetscape project: ‘True joy to walk around town’

The town is celebrating the completion of the $1.7 million first phase of its streetscape project — a project that has been over a decade in the making. In recognition of the project, which was made possible through a $500,000 award from the Connecticut Department of Housing’s Main Street Investment Fund Grant, the town will […]

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Hartford Line gets $105M in federal funding to add tracks for more trains, improve signals

Capacity on the Hartford Line rail will increase from 35 to 44 trains per day thanks to $105 million in new federal funding, according to the state Department of Transportation. The funding will also allow for improved signals and grade crossings in three segments totaling 6.2 miles of the Hartford Line. Work will focus in […]

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A $14 million building project is coming to CT. Learn why it’s a first-of-its-kind to help young people.

The American School for the Deaf broke ground Monday on a first-of-its-kind development to support deaf and hard-of-hearing students with emotional and behavioral challenges. Two soon-to-be constructed dormitories will expand access to ASD’s PACES Program — one of just two programs in the U.S. that provide residential treatment to children with behavioral and emotional needs […]

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Middletown voters to decide $13.5 million boathouse bond question Tuesday

When residents arrive at the polls on Election Day, they will be asked consider a $13.5 million bond expenditure to build a new boathouse at Harbor Park. Whether to authorize the measure — which would include the planning, design, construction, renovation, furnishing, and equipping of a new public facility and renovations to the existing John […]

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Lamont touts Westport-Norwalk I-95 bridge replacement — ‘We’re just getting started’

The two-weekend-long bridge slide project at Exit 17 between Westport and Norwalk is complete, and Gov. Ned Lamont says the bridge replacement it is just the beginning of the state’s efforts to decrease travel time on Interstate 95. “We’re just getting started,” Lamont said Monday near the newly completed project. “We’re putting about $1.4 billion […]

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Barge returns to New London with undelivered wind turbine blades

The U.S.-flagged vessel, bearing the name and logo of the Crowley maritime shipping line company, steered back into the city’s deep-water port on Sunday with the same three football field-long wind turbine blades it left with on Oct. 31. Ørsted-Eversource partnership spokesman Justin May on Monday said while sections of a turbine tower and a […]

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Amtrak receives $827 million for Connecticut River rail bridge replacement

The federal Department of Transportation on Monday awarded Amtrak the final funding it needed to replace the 116-year-old railroad bridge that carries trains over the Connecticut River between Old Lyme and Old Saybrook. Construction is expected to begin in 2024 and take five years to complete. The project is estimated to cost $957 million and […]

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CT gets $2B in federal funding for rail projects, bridge replacements

Connecticut is set to receive nearly $2 billion in federal funding to repair bridges and update aging infrastructure that serve major rail lines along Amtrak’s busy Northeast Corridor and other regional train services. Amtrak sought greater annual funding from Congress, warning of potential disruptions to services and raising concerns about the need for updating crumbling […]

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DOT reopens I-95 in Westport to traffic after replacing Saugatuck Avenue overpass

The southbound side of the Interstate 95 bridge over Saugatuck Avenue fully reopened to traffic Sunday after crews completed the second stage of repairs to the overpass, according to state officials. All lanes of the interstate were reopened by around 5 p.m., capping a weekend of construction that led to significant congestion along one of […]

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The amazing work of transportation engineers

As we rebuild our crumbling interstate highways, the CDOT deserves credit for learning its ABCs… “accelerated bridge construction.” Over two recent weekends they demolished and replaced two three-lane bridges at exit 17 in Westport with, considering the enormity of the tasks, minimal impact on traffic. The speed of the work on the $104 million project […]

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New phase of a $250M development in this CT city could get underway in weeks. What it would bring

A recent $10 million settlement clears the way for the next phase of the North Crossing, a massive, $250 million development of 1,000 apartments, parking garages and storefront space that is expected to unfold over the next five years. Developer Randy Salvatore plans to start on a second phase in just a matter of weeks. […]

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There’s a recommended redevelopment plan for a CT airport. See how it stacks up with alternatives.

Closing Hartford-Brainard Airport for either industrial or mixed-use redevelopment is possible, but it could cost tens of millions of dollars to rid the 200-acre airfield of contamination and it could take years to fully reap property tax and economic development potential, a new study concludes. Instead, as expected, the Brainard Airport Property Study recommends keeping […]

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Hotel, apartments, restaurant, retail envisioned on Eugene O’Neill Drive

No plans have been formally submitted, but conceptual drawings first unveiled to the public last week show the developers of a block on Eugene O’Neill Drive that includes The Day building and the former Citizens Bank are envisioning the site for a new 120-room hotel and restaurant along with apartments and retail. Mayor Michael Passero […]

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Greenway Commons project in Southington could start this year

The long-awaited residential and commercial development of the former Ideal Forging site in downtown Southington may break ground on the first building in the next month or two. Property owners of the industrial site have approval to build the foundation of a 55-unit residential building and are working to get a multifamily construction permit. The […]

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CTDOT to replace second bridge on I-95 south in Westport: Here’s when to expect delays

Drivers should once again avoid Interstate 95 in the Norwalk and Westport area this weekend due to the second phase of the Saugatuck bridge replacement project. After a successful northbound bridge replacement nearly two weeks ago, Connecticut’s Department of Transportation will replace the southbound bridge, also by using a lateral slide method, this weekend. Southbound […]

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Meriden to receive $11.6M in FEMA money for flood control, funding 75% of total project

The city received two grants totaling more than $11.6 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency aimed at addressing flood control in the downtown area, Congressional lawmakers said Tuesday. The funding from FEMA will support $11,165,250 million of the city’s $14.7 million total project cost. The project includes channel realignment and profile adjustment, removing two […]

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State grant, new train station spur $42M Windsor Locks mixed-use apartment development

Windsor Locks has been awarded a $4.8 million state grant, helping secure a developer’s commitment to build a $42 million mixed-use apartment project near the town’s new planned train station. The welcome center will be located a stone’s throw away from the town’s new $65 million train station, which broke ground last year and is […]

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Quebec-New England transmission line gets Biden backing

The Biden administration on Monday pledged financial support for a two-way transmission line capable of carrying hydroelectricity from Quebec into New England and eventually offshore wind and solar power from New England to Quebec. The transmission line, being developed by National Grid and Citizens Energy, was one of three transmission projects receiving a total of […]

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Why the US offshore wind industry is in the doldrums

The U.S. offshore wind industry has developed much more slowly than in Europe because it took years for the states and federal government to provide subsidies and draw up rules and regulations, slowing leasing and permitting. However, as government policies started to line up in the industry’s favor in recent years, offshore wind developers unveiled […]

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Orsted scraps 2 offshore wind power projects in New Jersey, citing supply chain issues

Danish energy developer Orsted said Tuesday night it is scrapping two large offshore wind power projects off the coast of New Jersey, adding uncertainty to a nascent industry the Biden administration and many state governments are counting on to help transition away from the burning of planet-warming fossil fuels. The company said it is canceling […]

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As first set of wind turbine parts leave New London, new wind project gets key approval

Eversource President and Chief Executive Officer Joe Nolan said Ørsted, the Danish wind company his firm is partnering with on the South Fork Wind project, said a final investment decision was reached earlier in the day to move ahead with another joint venture, the 704-megawatt Revolution Wind project, which is expected to deliver power to […]

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Connecticut 2 GW offshore wind RFP acknowledges financial challenges for developers

Connecticut and Rhode Island have opened bid solicitations for 2 GW and 1.2 GW of offshore wind, respectively, after announcing a multistate memorandum of understanding with Massachusetts earlier in October. The final Connecticut RFP also includes a provision allowing bidders to submit pricing at a rate indexed to the price of “listed macroeconomic factors and […]

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Developing last open land in Norwich business park a challenge

The Inland Wetlands, Watercourses and Conservation Commission is reviewing a plan by property owner Sammy Piotrkowski to create two development sites on the Norwich side of a 77-acre property Piotrkowski purchased last December that spans the border of Norwich and Franklin. Forty-six acres are off the dead-end Myrtle Drive in the Norwich business park. Norwich […]

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Winstanley’s latest buying, building spree shows faith in region’s active, but slowing industrial market

The real estate investment and development firm has been one of the most active industrial developers north of Hartford since 2015, when it paid $12 million for Hallmark’s 1-million-square-foot distribution center and 324 associated acres in Enfield. In August, Winstanley paid $122.3 million for a 1-million-square-foot Windsor warehouse, at 200 Old Iron Ore Road, that […]

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Legal battle over CT ballpark site ends with $10M settlement. Now comes the housing

The Hartford City Council Monday swiftly approved paying nearly $10 million to end a 7-year court battle over the development of Dunkin’ Park and the land around it, clearing the way for further apartment construction, possibly beginning later this year. The backing of the city council came just days after Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin announced […]

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With lawsuit settled, Salvatore wants to shift $13.6M in public assistance back to apartment development near Hartford’s Dunkin’ Park

Following this week’s announced $9.9 million legal settlement related to the initial construction of Dunkin’ Park — a court case that has delayed development around the stadium — RMS Cos. CEO and President Randy Salvatore said he wants to shift more than $13 million in public funding recently diverted to a plan to buy and […]

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Demolition ceremony at Torrington Co.’s Standard Plant marks end of era, new beginning

For the next several months, machinery sounds emanating from 23 of 26 of those buildings bordering North, Prospect, North Elm and Norwood streets will be from heavy demolition equipment taking the buildings apart from the inside out. The demolition is being conducted by Manafort Brothers Inc. of Plainville. It will set the stage for “a […]

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Avangrid avoids $1 billion write-off after ending plans to build CT’s Park City Wind farm

Avangrid reported Thursday that in canceling its Park City Wind farm for Connecticut, it sidestepped more than $1 billion in write-offs as projected costs outstripped revenue it expected under a power purchase agreement with the state. Avangrid unilaterally pulled the plug on the Park City Wind farm several weeks ago, as the cost of construction […]

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State Pier in New London becomes launching pad for offshore wind projects after months of delays

After months of delays and one final labor-related hold up, the newly-renovated State Pier in New London is set to begin work this weekend as a launching pad for offshore wind projects in the Atlantic Ocean. A barge laden with three gigantic blades — each weighing over 40 tons — along with tower sections and […]

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Longshoremen back at work at State Pier

Longshoremen went back to work at State Pier on Thursday, ending a three-day strike against Danish energy company Ørsted despite an unresolved dispute about work jurisdiction at the offshore wind hub. As a result, crews at State Pier on Friday were expected to continue work loading the 330-foot long wind turbine blades and accompanying wind […]

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Norwalk High, Naramake Elementary boundary to shift; ‘a technicality’ needed for construction

With the impending start of construction of a new Norwalk High School, city building and facilities manager Alan Lo is explaining how the five-year project will unfold. Before construction begins on the project, which will start accepting bids in early November, the property line between Norwalk High School and Naramake Elementary School will be adjusted, […]

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Why the I-95 bridge project in Norwalk and Westport finished 14 hours early, according to the CT DOT

Despite some rainy weather, construction crews were able to replace the bridge carrying northbound traffic on Interstate 95 over Saugatuck Avenue some 14 hours ahead of schedule over the weekend. Josh Morgan, a spokesperson for the state Department of Transportation, said crews were able to start moving the pre-built bridge section into place more than […]

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Longshoremen stop working at State Pier

Longshoremen stopped working at State Pier on Monday, protesting the lack of a long-term commitment from Danish wind company Ørsted and possibly spoiling what was expected to be a milestone week in the construction of the region’s first offshore wind farm. More than two-dozen members of the International Longshoremen’s Association walked off the job, union […]

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CT completes $1.2B transportation bond sale; will fund major infrastructure projects

State Treasurer Erick Russell announced Friday the state has completed the sale of $1.2 billion in transportation funding bonds. The majority of the bond funding, $875 million, will support a variety of transportation projects, including an initiative to combat wrong-way driving incidents; the rehabilitation, replacement or reconstruction of bridges and highway systems statewide; as well […]

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I-95 bridge project in Norwalk and Westport completed 14 hours ahead of schedule, CT DOT official says

Construction on the northbound side of the Interstate 95 bridge over Saugatuck Avenue at Exit 17 was completed 14 hours ahead of schedule, according to an official. Morgan said the DOT opened one lane over the new bridge to vehicular traffic on the northbound side earlier in the afternoon. He said it then took several […]

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Lamont and state, local officials celebrate $11.3 million grant for new Enfield housing

The relocation plan for residents is a phased approach that will advance as construction continues. Lamont said housing in the state has been underfunded for too long “and now we’re paying for it,” adding that it’s important to modernize the units to make them accessible to older and disabled residents. Enfield Housing Authority Executive Director […]

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Officials grant $100M Lord Cromwell housing project a 10-year tax abatement

Town officials unanimously approved a 10-year tax abatement for the $100 million redevelopment of the “blighted” former Red Lion Hotel property on Route 372 that would allow the property owner to pay no taxes for the first two years. Lexington Partners, a Hartford-based real estate development firm, has already received Planning and Zoning Commission approval […]

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As warehouses look to make CT towns their home, some face major resistance from residents

Distribution centers are on track for completion or have opened their doors in many Connecticut towns in response to rising demand, though other warehouse proposals have faced legal challenges and rejections from municipal officials. Not all plans have come to fruition. In August, Windsor Locks officials shot down a plan to build 1.15 million square […]

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Shelton aldermen oppose Fountain Square apartment plan

Some of the city’s top officials say Fountain Square should have a hotel, not apartments as the latest round of changes to the developers’ apartment plan prompted another developer to withdraw his opposition. Highview Commercial, the project’s developer, has filed an application with the Planning and Zoning Commission seeking to amend the already approved Planned […]

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Trinity College to start $30M athletic center expansion

Trinity College will be starting construction in late 2023 on a $30.1 million, 37,000-square-foot addition to its George M. Ferris Athletic Center. The addition is going on a space that is currently a lawn, and school officials said the project is expected to be finished by March 2025. The center was originally built in 1968. […]

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A Bradley-Tweed airport turf battle takes flight in CT

Tensions between Bradley International Airport and its smaller-but-ambitious competitor, Tweed New Haven, are reflected in a burgeoning turf battle over whether the airport authority that operates Bradley has the power to license Tweed. Kevin A. Dillon, the executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority, is pressing Tweed to submit to its licensing authority as Tweed […]

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Retail portion of Cheshire’s massive Stone Bridge Crossing development approved

The giant Stone Bridge Crossing mixed-use project in Cheshire has cleared another development hurdle as the retail portion won town land use approval. The Planning and Zoning Commission last week granted approval for the 130,000-square-foot retail area, which will include large and small storefronts, restaurants, outdoor seating areas and drive-thrus. Tenants for the retail portion […]

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Port authority to add staff, focus on ports and harbors

The Connecticut Port Authority has paused its search for a new executive director but is adding a new position to help market its deep-water ports and manage its small harbors. The port authority plans to hire a maritime business development manager that will in part handle the duties performed by Andrew Lavigne, the former manager […]

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Danbury Career Academy demo phase completed; construction of classrooms begins: ‘falling into place’

Outfitted in hard hats and neon orange construction vests, the city’s mayor and top engineer looked out the third floor windows of what will be Danbury’s new high school, their eyes fixed on an office building down the hill on Apple Ridge Road. With the demolition of the interior complete, and construction workers putting in […]

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Torrington battery project gets boost

The City Council agreed 5 to 1 Monday to authorize Mayor Elinor C. Carbone to negotiate a lease agreement with Walden Renewables of Portland, Maine to lease six acres at the landfill. In the initial six-year development period, the company will pay $5,000 a year while it looks into permitting and connecting the facility with […]

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CT DOT looking ahead up to 50 years on a highway interchange. What will the big changes mean for drivers?

Now that the Mixmaster rehabilitation project is nearing completion, the state Department of Transportation is moving on to New Mix, a plan to look ahead to what the interchange of Interstate 84 and Route 8 will be like as much as 50 years from now. And removing the long-closed Exit 21 exit ramp on I-84 […]

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Bridgeport zoning appeals board to take up revoked permit for 177 apartments at former Testo’s site

The zoning board of appeals in an unusual move is scheduled to convene Wednesday and Thursday just to hear testimony for and against the North End development, an indication of the anticipated sizeable turnout. At issue is the July 27 decision by Paul Boucher, head of the municipal zoning department, to revoke the authorization his […]

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CT tech millionaire launches effort to bring MLS, NWSL to Bridgeport in new soccer stadium

Andre Swanston, a multimillionaire tech entrepreneur who attended the University of Connecticut and now lives in Ridgefield, is pursuing expansion teams in both Major League Soccer and the National Women’s Soccer League, to play in a new stadium in Bridgeport. The project would also include housing, restaurants and a hotel adjacent to the stadium, Swanston […]

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No hydrogen hub for CT and the Northeast

Connecticut and the Northeast came up losers Friday in the high-stakes competition for regional hydrogen hubs — part of the Biden administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s focus on hydrogen as an important clean energy source to fight climate change. A seven-state consortium led by New York and including Connecticut and the rest of New England except […]

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Work has resumed at Lafayette Street site of June 2 partial building collapse in New Haven

Construction has resumed at 188 Lafayette St., the site of a June 2 partial collapse of a seven-story, 112-unit apartment building under construction. Involving more than 4 million pounds of concrete, the collapse injured eight workers, two critically. An investigation by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is continuing and no information or reports […]

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Failed plans, many owners, contaminants: The UConn-West Hartford campus’ long road to redevelopment

But with the most concrete proposal for the property on the table — West Hartford 1 LLC wants to turn the former college campus into a mixed-use residential and retail development featuring 620 units of housing, a grocery store, a restaurant and more — a decision on the site’s future is looming. It’s been one […]

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New $151M bag screening facility at CT Bradley airport to free up space for more gates, concessions

Checked luggage is now screened by large machines adjacent to the ticket counters for the airlines that fly out of Bradley. Travelers get their boarding passes, have their suitcases weighed, and then take them to the station where U.S. Transportation Security Administration officers feed the luggage into the large Computer Tomography X-ray machines for screening. […]

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New London to select firm for residential lead pipe replacement project

The City Council on Monday is slated to discuss and possibly award a nearly $5 million contract to a Stratford-based company to conduct the first phase of a long-awaited residential drinking water line replacement project. Councilors are being asked to approve a $4.94 million contract with the Burns Construction Company for the removal and replacement […]

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Winstanley targets early 2024 launch of $135M Enfield warehouse project

With a court challenge settled, Massachusetts developer Winstanley Enterprises plans to launch construction of an 819,000-square-foot warehouse in Enfield early in 2024. Winstanley plans to partner with Kansas City-based NorthPoint Development on the roughly $135 million project, at 35 Bacon Road, which will be undertaken on speculation. Area residents concerned about potential impacts to two […]

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Manchester to seek public input on design for $39 million new library branch, repairs to existing building

Manchester officials will be joined by Friar Architects and HMB Architects, firms selected to design the new building by a town committee in August. At the time, the project was expected to be completed in late 2025. Voters have already approved up to $39 million in bonding to construct a 75,000-square-foot library at the site […]

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In Norwalk, Hartford HealthCare’s $50 million hub advances as second phase of work begins

The work continues on the new $50 million Fairfield County hub for Hartford HealthCare as leaders celebrated by breaking ground on the second phase of the project. Formerly a Lillian August furniture store, the health-care hub will be built on the 4.16-acre property near Route 1. Plans for the redevelopment were approved by the Planning […]

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State to fund Southington school project defeated at referendum

Nearly a year after voters rejected a $17 million upgrade to sports facilities at Southington High School, the state has committed partial funding for athletic field reconstruction, allocating $500,000 that will be matched by $206,663 in town funds. The state money comes in the form of Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grants, and is […]

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River Road repairs costly in Southbury

Early estimates to rebuild River Road, part of which collapsed into the Housatonic River late last month due to flooding, are between $10 million and $20 million, and possibly higher, town officials say. First Selectman Jeffrey A. Manville was forced to close the road indefinitely Oct. 5 after a 200-foot section of the southbound lane […]

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I-95 closures to cause delays in Norwalk, Westport for rock removal, Saugatuck Ave bridge replacement

Drivers may experience significant delays on Interstate 95 due to highway closures in the Norwalk and Westport area over the next month, as the Connecticut Department of Transportation conducts work as part of a major $103 million project. From Oct. 16 to Oct. 31, the northbound I-95 Exit 17 ramp will be closed, according to […]

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Delays in Greenwich’s Central Middle School project are driving up costs $12.6K a day, committee says

Every day that the Central Middle School building project is delayed, it adds around $12,600 to the overall cost. Now, the building committee is planning to move the project forward just a bit by applying for municipal improvement status — an essential step for the project to get any more funding. The project is slated […]

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How the $1 billion Walk Bridge project will affect Norwalk roads, neighborhoods

Leaders behind the $1 billion project to replace a 127-year-old railroad bridge say they’re trying to minimize noise and other impacts as construction on the Walk Bridge continues over the next six years. Norwalk business leaders and Walk Bridge project leaders met over coffee this week to discuss what the next several years will look […]

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Winstanley acquires 133.6-acre Enfield site for $4.6M, plans more than 600,000 sq. ft. of logistics space

Massachusetts-based developer Winstanley Enterprises recently paid $4.6 million for an undeveloped 133.6-acre site in Enfield, with plans to build more than 600,000 square feet of industrial space. Winstanley Enterprises on Tuesday announced its purchase of 1697 King St., also known as “Metro Park North,” and plans to eventually move forward on previously obtained land-use approvals […]

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New London plans colossal expansion of electric vehicle charging station stock

The 18 dual-port, Level 2 devices will be introduced to several municipal addresses, from City Hall and parking lots to five school district buildings, said Carey Redd II, the city’s director of transportation and parking. Redd, who said he’s been working on the project for months, said at least half of the incoming stations will […]

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Wilton looking at ‘in excess of $100 million’ for school repairs, first selectwoman says

It will cost “in excess of $100 million” over the next 15 years for the town to address infrastructure issues at three of Wilton’s public schools, according to outgoing First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice. A “Schools Needs Assessment Study and Report,” a consultant’s report that is due to be released next month, will show a projected […]

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Breaking ground on mental health, one conversation at a time

Construction workers wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) daily, but protecting mental health alongside physical health is equally important. Sadly, construction workers have among the highest suicide rates by population. In the U.S. alone, men working in construction are four times more likely to die by suicide than the general population. While the construction industry is […]

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EB’s shipyard workers ratify new pact providing 21.4% hike in wages over five years

Electric Boat and the Metal Trades Council, a labor union representing more than 3,400 shipyard workers, announced that union members have ratified a new five-year contract that grants them significant increases in compensation and benefits, including a 21.4% hike in wages over the life of the deal. MTC members work in the skilled trades, and […]

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Sherman rejects $47M plan to save its only school. One option is to bus students to nearby districts

Voters widely rejected a $47 million plan to renovate the outdated Sherman School, leaving the town with few options to save the pre-K-8 building. The town must now consider alternatives that include building a new school, eliminating its middle school program or closing its only public school, the Board of Education chairman said. Sherman would […]

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Shelton gets $2M in state funds for Canal Street work

The city is receiving $2 million in state funds toward reconstruction of Canal and Wooster streets, including the reopening of the long-closed Wooster Street railroad crossing. The funds are part of more than $1.1 billion in state funding — approved Friday by the State Bond Commission — that will be used to perform various improvements […]

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Aetna Bridge Leads Goldstar Bridge Rehabilitation Job

Built in the 1940s, the northbound span of the Goldstar Memorial Bridge continues carrying five lanes of I-95 traffic safely across the Thames River from New London to Groton in Connecticut. The job will have three phases, totaling approximately $407 million, with the entire project due to be completed in 2029. The phases include rehabbing […]

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Fairfield residents pressure UI to refile transmission line project at town hall meeting

Town residents turned up the pressure on United Illuminating to withdraw and refile its application for a proposed project that could hang transmission lines as high as 145 feet high over homes and businesses. The electric utility company, which services the Bridgeport and New Haven areas, applied in March to rebuild its transmission lines with […]

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State Bond Commission to consider $41 million for New Haven projects, including Union Station

More than $41 million for physical improvements in transportation, housing, parks and facilities appear headed the city’s way in the latest pool of bond projects coming through the State Bond Commission. Elicker said the latest proposed Union Station grant would help fund platform repair and improvements, but it’s in addition to a previous $17 million […]

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Union workers, Waterford residents debate plan for data center

At Monday night’s Representative Town Meeting, residents and unionized construction workers disagreed over a proposal by NE Edge LLC to build a data center on the Millstone Power Station property. While residents reiterated their concerns about noise and the impact on the environment, union workers applauded the jobs it would create. First Selectman Rob Brule […]

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Sherman to vote on $47M plan to save the town’s only school: ‘Nothing is not an option’

Residents will vote this Saturday on a $47 million plan to renovate the only public school in Sherman. Pending voter approval, the town would pursue a state grant to be reimbursed for $11 million of the project. Should the referendum pass, construction would begin no later than April 2024 and progress in phases, without the […]

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Norwalk athletes to be bused to other fields when new high school, P-Tech project begins in 2024

The city’s school board has approved final plans for the new Norwalk High School and P-TECH combined campus, built on an existing athletic field. The $239 million building replace the current NHS campus and include the two schools, according to the district’s construction information website. The state has promised to reimburse the city for 80 […]

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Stamford sells two city-owned land parcels in South End near I-95, Metro-North overpasses

The Board of Representatives on Monday night approved the sale of two small city-owned properties, just south of Atlantic Street’s Interstate 95 and Metro North overpasses. The narrow parcels at 560 Atlantic St. and 13 Manhattan St. will now be owned by SMTG LLC, a holding company owned by developer Frank Steinegger of Darien. The […]

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Old Greenwich School upgrades get unanimous planning OK; now back to finance board for $42M

The Planning & Zoning Commission gave unanimous approval to expand and renovate the Old Greenwich School, though issues about funding the multi-million dollar project remain. Now the project needs to be funded by the Board of Estimate and Taxation, where Republican members of the finance board have previously turned down appropriations in split votes. The […]

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Key Bridgeport East End development delayed again

In the spring state lawmakers came to then-cash-strapped developer Anthony Stewart’s rescue, providing $3.5 million to help fund the completion of his Honey Locust Square project that is intended to help revitalize the East End with a supermarket, restaurant and more. “It messes up my timeline,” the developer, owner of the Ashlar firm, acknowledged. “I […]

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Hartford’s $12.5M plan to redevelop vacant lot on Albany Avenue may break ground after over a decade

For more than a decade, a lot at the corner of Albany Avenue and Woodland Street has sat vacant and fenced in, waiting for some redevelopment to take place. That plan includes a 31,700-square-foot, multistory building that would provide more than 16,000 square feet of space to house most of the city’s health department offices, […]

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State to join neighbors in seeking offshore wind power contracts

Gov. Ned Lamont announced Wednesday that Connecticut has signed an agreement with officials in Rhode Island and Massachusetts to collectively solicit new offshore wind project proposals in a multi-state approach designed to leverage buying power. State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Katie Dykes joined Lamont for the announcement of a first-of-its kind memorandum […]

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Avangrid pulls plug on Park City Wind contracts; to pay $16.07M in termination fees

Avangrid announced late Monday that it will terminate its power-purchase agreements for Park City Wind, an 804-megawatt offshore wind project in Bridgeport. The offshore wind farm, expected to supply about 14% of Connecticut’s electricity, is seen as pivotal to the state reaching its zero-carbon grid mandate by 2040. It was at one time expected to […]

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Connecticut Plans New $10M Bridge Over Salmon River

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has a plan to replace the State Highway 16 bridge over the Salmon River in East Hampton. It will be unveiled to the public in an upcoming virtual meeting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 5, according to the transportation agency. It is listed as Project 0041-0121. The Oct. 5 […]

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Court delay means future development around CT city’s ballpark no clearer as legal fees mount

The delay of a hearing scheduled to start this week — possibly until late November — comes as the mixed-use development around the city’s minor league ballpark remains stalled. A legal battle between the city and the former developer — fired by Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin — has ensued for months over who has the […]

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Griswold to get $8 million for water and sewer project – here’s what that means for the town

The largest of these projects in eastern Connecticut is $8.707 million expected to go to Griswold to fund a municipal water infrastructure project to extend water and sewer access to 325 acres of commercial land, according to a press release from state Sen. Heather Somers’ Office. With $175 million awardable per year for five years, […]

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Two Gas Utility Companies Planning to Raise Rates

The requests to increase distribution rates – which would raise revenue by 5 percent for Connecticut Natural Gas and 9 percent for Southern Connecticut Gas – come at a tense time between utilities and the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority tasked with overseeing them. Customers have bristled at high costs, lawmakers and PURA have pushed for […]

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Connecticut DEEP wants to demolish historic Farmington River dam to clear way for migratory fish

Now, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is looking to remove the obsolete dam, in an effort to open up the river for fish passage and restore a free flowing river. Dam removal could open up about 19 miles for fish passage on this part of the Farmington River, said Ramona Goode, state […]

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CT Bond Commission set to OK funding for crumbling foundations and projects in East Hartford, Windsor

The state Bond Commission is expected to approve millions of dollars for projects in north-central Connecticut, including the next installment of $25 million for crumbling foundations. The agenda for Friday’s meeting includes the fiscal year 2023-24 allocation of $25 million for the Connecticut Foundation Solution Indemnity Co., or CFSIC, which announced last week that it […]

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CT State Capitol roof repair is just the beginning of major restorations in 1878 building

But this month, crews of restoration experts erected scaffolding both inside and outside the Gothic Revival national landmark, and using cranes for equipment and demolition hauling, have begun work on rebuilding the two skylights, as well as the long-delayed installation of the antique stained-glass panels inside, called lay lights. Those 300 window-sized panels will be […]

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