CT files lawsuit to force utility to clean up long-polluted power plant in middle of river

The hulking English Station power plant has sat silent for decades in the middle of the Mill River, contaminated with PCBs, no longer providing power for United Illuminating. On Monday, Attorney General William Tong held a press conference in New Haven to announce a lawsuit accusing UI of failing to live up to its agreements […]

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Inflation Has Contractors Taking Pass On Federally-Funded Transportation Projects

Construction contractors are between a rock and a hard place: What the Biden administration’s IIJA has gifted with a hike in construction work, Buy America policies have taken away by making the work much pricier to perform. Construction costs rose almost 3 percent during the first quarter of 2023, and contractors have seen a 50 […]

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West Haven tries again to resolve The Haven site; Water Street to remain closed

With beach season looming and more traffic expected near the city’s shoreline, officials currently have no plans to reopen Water Street. Water Street, a road parallel to First Avenue, was closed for the expected construction of an outlet mall with water views called The Haven. The development has become a sore spot for residents, as […]

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Sportsbook at Hartford’s XL Center is under-performing, as massive renovations are planned

Officials at the Connecticut Lottery Corp. and the Capital Region Development Authority say the under-performance of the restaurant and sports wagering operation can be blamed on the relative newness of the facility, which is currently less of a destination for gamblers than it is for people attending concerts and sporting events that might fill the […]

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Pedestrian bridge envisioned as ‘formidable gateway’ to New London

The City Council this month approved paying the Hartford-based Crosskey Architects firm $22,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funding to “reimagine and design” the Water Street walking bridge that connects the Winthrop Square housing complex on Federal Street to Fulton Park. Director of Public Works Brian Sear said the bridge, built in 1973, is not […]

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Meriden highway project promises major, though still unknown, disruption to residents, businesses

Silt fences sit along the eastern edge of Interstate 91 behind Bee Street where the commuter lot is now a staging area for O&G Industries to park trucks and equipment. Phase I of state Department of Transportation project number 72-245 has quietly begun in the city while the other two phases of an overall $500 […]

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Three long-awaited Norwich projects receive approvals, updates

By this coming fall, there could be a locally owned restaurant open in the former racquetball court, and retail space, offices and apartments under construction, as Mattern Construction Inc. works to erase remnants of the long-closed former YMCA on Main Street. The Norwich Planning Commission unanimously approved Tuesday the Baltic company’s plan to transform the […]

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Fay & Wright Excavating Acquires Blastech Inc.; Forms New Company

Fay & Wright Excavating, one of the largest custom rock crushing service providers in the Northeast, recently announced that its ownership team has acquired the assets of Blastech Inc. All Blastech employees have chosen to join Tri-State Drilling and Blasting, bringing with them decades of experience. According to Lee Baldwin, vice president of Fay & […]

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Danish company agrees to buy Eversource’s stake in Sunrise Wind offshore project

Officials with the Danish renewable energy company Ørsted said Wednesday they have signed an agreement to acquire the 50 percent ownership stake that Eversource Energy has in Sunrise Wind, an offshore wind farm designed to provide electricity to New York State. Ørsted’s deal with Eversource comes months after the Danish energy company stopped development on […]

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Redevelopment of the former West Hartford UConn campus gets a Town Council public hearing date

A portion of the redevelopment of the former University of Connecticut campus in town will go before the Town Council for a public hearing on March 11. Newly submitted plans also signal a name change for the development. Previously called Oakwood Park, developer West Hartford 1 LLC has changed the community’s name to Heritage Park, […]

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Fight over future of Hartford-Brainard Airport revs up with new hearing next month

The brand-new mayors in Hartford and East Hartford are still developing their stances on the facility that abuts their cities, even as a trio of airport businesses pursue a lawsuit against city lawmakers highlighting their anti-airport activism. And the active and well-funded group representing Hartford-Brainard supporters is gearing up to make the case that the […]

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East Norwalk train station to close twice in 2024 for upgrades as part of Walk Bridge project

The East Norwalk train station will close this spring and summer for three-week stretches as crews begin work to replace the train station. As crews begin work on the $1 billion Walk Bridge replacement project, shovels will also break ground in East Norwalk. To improve the overall connectivity and rail service in Norwalk, the Connecticut […]

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Special session shelved: CT will address EV transition in regular session

The General Assembly is giving up on a special legislative session to address how to keep Connecticut committed to a transition to electric vehicles, leaving the issue for consideration in the regular session that opens on Feb. 7. Facing rejection by a bipartisan legislative committee in November, Gov. Ned Lamont reluctantly withdrew proposed regulations that […]

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Middlebury headed to court over Timex plan

The town’s Jan. 4 approval of a controversial redevelopment plan to transform the Timex Corp. property into a 670,000-square-foot distribution center is now headed to court. Middlebury Small Town Alliance, which spearheaded a yearlong fight against the project, this week filed an appeal with Waterbury Superior Court. The town’s Planning and Zoning Commission made errors […]

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Key Capture’s 400 MW battery energy storage projects seen as key to CT’s renewable energy future

Key Capture Energy is at the forefront of bringing renewable energy to Connecticut, ahead of the state’s goal of getting all its electricity from zero-carbon sources by 2040. The Albany, New York-based company doesn’t install solar arrays or build offshore wind farms. Its projects are based on land, usually near electric substations. Key Capture develops […]

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$70M addition approved for Baker Hollow Logistics Center in Windsor

The $70 million project by Massachusetts-based Condyne Capital Partners will include 300,000-square-foot and 120,000-square-foot industrial warehouses that will become 75-85 Baker Hollow Road. The projects are additions to Condyne’s larger Baker Hollow Logistics Center, which features the existing 165,000-square-foot Safelite Auto Glass building at 105 Baker Hollow Road, and another 185,000-square-foot building under construction at […]

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Danish company Orsted agrees to buy CT Eversource’s stake in Sunrise Wind off shore project

Officials with the Danish renewable energy company Ørsted said Wednesday they have signed an agreement to acquire the 50 percent ownership stake that Eversource Energy has in Sunrise Wind, an offshore wind farm designed to provide electricity to New York State. Ørsted officials said the deal is contingent on New York State’s ongoing solicitation of […]

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Mayor Harry Rilling aims to transform Norwalk into CT’s greenest city: Here’s how he plans to do it

In the face of climate change impacts and rising sea levels accompanying nearly every rainstorm, Mayor Harry Rilling declared his intention to make Norwalk the greenest city in Connecticut. “We are working on the city’s first sustainability and resilience plan to help address climate change,” Rilling said. “I’m also happy to announce that we will […]

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Waterford approves plan for 122-room extended stay hotel

The Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved construction of a 122-room hotel on Boston Post Road despite concerns by some commissioners and residents about the project’s effect on the neighborhood. Project attorney William Sweeney had originally proposed the four-story, extended-stay Woodspring Suites hotel to the commission last November on behalf of New Jersey-based […]

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Barnes Pitches Benefits of New Housing and Development to Stamford Zoning Board

Ben Barnes said he had a presentation, put together in response to a request from the Zoning Board, quantifying “major areas in which real estate development and, in particular, development of multifamily housing, impacts city finances.” It’s not surprising that Barnes, Stamford’s director of administration, was asked to explain the link between development and the […]

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Wallingford hopes to build pedestrian bridge along Quinnipiac Linear Trail with $700K in state funds

Nearly $700,000 in state funds would allow the Town of Wallingford to build a pedestrian bridge as part of it Linear Trail improvement project. The funding – $690,000 – comes from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for the purpose of expanding a portion of the Quinnipiac River Linear Trail. The span pedestrian bridge […]

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Plans call for $425 million revamp of Westbrook Outlets, including apartments and town homes

Representatives for Hartford-based Lexington Partners and officials with the outlet center went before the town’s Zoning commission on Monday night to do a pre-application presentation of their plans. The $425 million project that is being proposed would include 595 apartments, 100 town homes, a 100-room hotel and 75,000 square feet of retail space and restaurants […]

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Construction company under investigation after CO fumes send 14 in New Haven to hospital, officials say

A Hartford-based construction company is under investigation for an “excessive” buildup of poisonous fumes inside a downtown building that sent 14 people to the hospital Wednesday, officials say. Alberca Construction Co. LLC is being probed in connection with a buildup of carbon monoxide that emergency crews detected at a commercial building at 73 Howe St., […]

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Lamont looks to replicate CRDA’s success with statewide development agency tasked with financing transit-oriented housing

The Municipal Redevelopment Authority, or MRDA, was established in 2019 to mirror CRDA’s efforts statewide. However, the initiative never took hold, after MRDA failed to receive funding and state and local officials became distracted by the pandemic. Last year, lawmakers quietly tried to address those issues by approving funding for MRDA — $600,000 in fiscal […]

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Fairfield Fights Transmission Lines, Splits Over Messaging

Local Republicans took aim at the tactics used by recently-elected First Selectman Bill Gerber, a Democrat, to fight a plan by United Illuminating to string transmission lines through private property off the existing Metro-North right of way through Bridgeport and Fairfield. In a Jan. 12 email to Fairfield residents, Gerber told residents that the company’s […]

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Nonprofit Meriden housing developer moves on after completing Bristol project

Years after developers, including a Meriden nonprofit, broke ground on renovations to convert two historic schools in Bristol into apartments, the units are finally fully leased. Bristol Enterprises LLC, a partnership between Ted Lazarus of the Park Lane Group and Maynard Road Corp., the private nonprofit development arm of the Meriden Housing Authority, cobbled together […]

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Half of former West Hartford UConn campus redevelopment gets key wetlands approval

The wetlands approval of 1700 Asylum Ave., the eastern parcel of the property that’s divided into two by Trout Brook Drive, puts developers closer to the construction of four buildings totaling 322 apartments on what is now an asphalt parking lot. The project still needs further approval, including from the Town Council. In all, developer […]

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Bridgeport needs $22M for Congress St. bridge replacement — ‘Get this bridge done, please’

The City Council’s economic development committee Wednesday approved a grant application to the U.S. Department of Transportation for $22.1 million to rebuild the Congress Street span. The city and state had previously set aside an additional $12 million a piece for the project. When the city finally sought construction bids last summer, four interested contractors […]

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OSHA Announces Switch From Traditional Hard Hats to Safety Helmets

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that the agency is replacing traditional hard hats used by its employees with more modern safety helmets to protect them better when they are on inspection sites. In 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported head injuries accounted for nearly 6 percent of non-fatal […]

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Durham-Middlefield school officials seek public input on planned school renovations

School officials are seeking input from the public as they continue to narrow down options for school renovation and construction plans. The forums come a week after the school board was scheduled to hear from Rusty Malik, principal with the architectural firm Quisenberry Arcari Malik, prior to its Jan. 10 meeting. The board hopes to […]

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Plan for massive new neighborhood near CT Capitol could get $3 million boost

The state would lend $3 million to a developer to purchase a parking lot on a prominent corner in Hartford’s Bushnell South redevelopment area, a proposal that also would remove the property from among the options for a new federal courthouse. The loan would come from the quasi-public Capital Region Development Authority, which along with […]

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US commission to weigh ‘effects of aging’ in any renewal for CT’s Millstone nuclear power plant

Dominion took an initial step toward filing for another operating extension on its Millstone Power Station nuclear plant in Waterford. If approved by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, any extension would give Dominion the option of stretching the shelflife of the Millstone 2 reactor to 2055, and the Millstone 3 reactor to 2065. The NRC […]

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South Windsor delays long-stalled $7.5M plan to upgrade high school athletic facilities

After much discussion and public comment, the Town Council voted 5-4 to delay setting a date for a long-stalled plan to upgrade the high school’s athletic facilities. Voters would have chosen in March whether to have the town borrow $7,555,000 in bonds for campus improvements and new athletic facilities at South Windsor High School or […]

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Solar farm proposal in CT suburban town wins cheers from some neighbors, disapproval from others

West Hartford-based Verogy‘s proposal for a solar farm in Glastonbury drew a mix of praise and complaints at a recent municipal hearing, with town officials encouraging both sides to write to the state regulators who will determine if the project gets built. Putting solar panels over former farmland along Wickham Road would generate enough electricity […]

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Hartford’s 4-mile underground tunnel emerged two years ago, but it won’t operate until 2026

The tunnel, which has an 18-foot diameter, is meant to catch overflowing water across the southwest portion of Hartford. Once the water enters the tunnel, it will be treated and then deposited into the Connecticut River. Even though the tunnel portion itself is complete, the project is not set to be functional until 2026 because […]

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N.Y. developers add three Broadway buildings to their Norwich investments

New York-based real estate developers Ernest and Alfred Tollja learned about Norwich in 2018 from a persistent Norwich comedian who drove to their comedy theater nearly every night and pressured them to buy a building in his hometown. Six years later, the two brothers, originally from Albania, own more than a dozen apartment buildings in […]

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Fairfield project would add apartments, retail and public plaza on Post Road

Architect and developer Marc Andre said he hopes to build a four-story, mixed-use building that would incorporate affordable housing, first-floor businesses and a public plaza on a series of properties surrounding Fairfield Cigars near the corner of Post Road and Fairfield Place. Fairfield’s Plan of Conservation and Development, which the zoning commission is reviewing, recommends […]

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Steelpointe apartments break ground in Bridgeport — ‘a long time coming’

Connecticut will only attract new business and residents if the state has the workforce housing it “desperately” needs, Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday while in the city to help break ground on the on the long promised — and long delayed — 420 apartments at Steelpointe. Ground was finally broken there by the Christophs under […]

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A proposal for a massive expansion to a gas pipeline that goes through CT is drawing opposition

The natural gas pipeline that runs a street down from Wazer’s family home in Mansfield is part of a proposed 1,131-mile expansion of the Algonquin Gas Transmission line. The proposal, known as Project Maple, would raise the natural gas-carrying capacity of the pipeline, which bisects Connecticut and extends into New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island […]

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After delays, demolition of Bloomfield’s Prosser Library begins to make way for new, modern facility

After years of debate, delays, and changes in plans, the much-beloved Prosser Library is finally coming down to make way for a new, modern facility. Demolition began the first week of January, after delays caused by permitting issues. It was originally approved for $29.3 million in bonded funds by voters at a November 2021 referendum. […]

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Trumbull veterans center nears start date, Baldwin wants ‘shovel in the ground’ by April

The planned Veterans and First Responders Center, first proposed in 2020, appears on track for a groundbreaking in the spring. The former veterans building was condemned in 2017 due to a failed foundation. The planned new center will take its place on 1 Veterans Circle at Kaatz Pond. The project was initially estimated to cost […]

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Darien train station platform replacement means fewer parking spots, missing shelters for commuters

Starting next week, Darien commuters looking to take the Metro-North Railroad may want to park early and bring along an umbrella while they wait for their train. Construction is set to begin at the Darien train station on Jan. 15 to replace the station’s existing platforms. The construction is being done in conjunction with the […]

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Large mixed-use project with 100 apartments and retail to replace CT vacant hospital

After years of delay, a Connecticut town’s biggest new mixed-use project in recent memory is taking shape in its center with nearly 100 apartments expected to be finished this year and about 140 more to follow. Contractors started clearing the long-empty Elmcrest Psychiatric Hospital grounds last year, and are now putting up the first of […]

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Construction’s biggest staffing struggles for 2024

Construction’s labor struggles will continue in 2024, and it’s not just due to the number of new jobs set to break ground. The reasons for a lack of skilled applicants this year are many. For instance, even as the industry’s workforce ages, it fails to draw in new workers to train. Hard-to-reach jobsites create challenges […]

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West Haven officials approve 150-unit mixed-use project for Boston Post Road

The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday approved a mixed-use development project on Boston Post Road that would include 150 residential units and ground-level retail space. The proposal approved Tuesday did not request any incentive housing and will add 150 units of market-rate housing in addition to retail space closer to the Boston Post Road. […]

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Bridgeport lawmakers seek CT money for soccer stadium, but Lamont isn’t convinced

A Connecticut businessman wants state money to fund a new waterfront professional soccer stadium in Bridgeport, and local lawmakers say they’re firmly behind the project. At least one important decision-maker, however, isn’t quite convinced — Gov. Ned Lamont. On Tuesday, tech entrepreneur Andre Swanston announced he’d been awarded an MLS Next Pro franchise, as part […]

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Crews begin installing barrier at damaged Bozrah dam

Crews on Thursday morning began installing a temporary barrier at the Fitchville Pond Dam to allow for the inspection of the damaged structure ahead of Saturday’s incoming storm. Contractors and heavy equipment were staged across from Stockhouse Road where they expected to spend the next two days constructing a cofferdam, a waterproof enclosure made of […]

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Footbridge bridge at Merritt 7 train station opens to public: ‘Much-needed pedestrian connection’

Train riders getting off at Norwalk’s Merritt 7 station are now steps away from Main Avenue and the Merritt 7 office complex, thanks to the opening of a new pedestrian bridge. After months of delays due to supply chain issues, the pedestrian bridge opened on Wednesday, according to Connecticut’s Department of Transportation spokesperson, Josh Morgan. […]

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CT-based Eversource to write off up to $1.6B as it sells stake in three offshore wind farm projects

Eversource Energy expects to write off as much as $1.6 billion against its 2023 fourth quarter earnings once it completes the sale of its ownership stake in three offshore wind projects, company officials have said. Eversouce is looking to sell its 50 percent ownership stake the company has in three wind projects it is doing […]

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$1M distributed through Hartford flood fund; $4M remains

As the newly elected president of Hartford’s City Council, Surgeon was one of many politicians who spoke Wednesday at a press conference at the Parker Memorial Community Center to spread the word about the Hartford Flood Compensation Program that Comptroller Sean Scanlon’s office is overseeing. The program, which the state legislature launched with $5 million, […]

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DOL independent contractor final rule announced, will take effect March 11

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday a final rule revising its interpretation of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s classification provision to determine whether a worker may be considered an independent contractor. The final rule largely tracks the agency’s October 2022 proposed rule. It retains the multifactor, “totality-of-the-circumstances” framework for analyzing independent contractors’ status included […]

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Meriden Markham Airport seeks to build 5 more hangars in Wallingford

Meriden Markham Municipal Airport is seeking to build five new aircraft hangars on the Wallingford side of the Meriden-based airport. Wallingford’s Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to review the airport’s special permit request Wednesday, pending administrative approval from the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission. The airport, on Evansville Road, covers 109.5 acres of land […]

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CT businessman awarded minor league soccer team; launch depends on new waterfront Bridgeport stadium

A Connecticut businessman has been awarded a minor league soccer team, which he hopes will compete in a new waterfront stadium in Bridgeport, he announced Tuesday. The man behind the effort, multimillionaire tech entrepreneur André Swanston, says the new team is part of his continued push to bring an MLS and/or National Women’s Soccer League […]

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Apartment development around CT park set to boom. See the projects, what you might pay to live there

CRDA, created a decade ago to help finance housing projects in the downtown area, has been in discussions with family-owned Chase since last fall about the future of the parking lot at 10 Ford St., Freimuth said. Last fall, Chase withdrew the Ford Street parking lot as a potential location for a new federal courthouse. […]

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Lamont touts Meriden transit district, but local leaders say housing challenges persist

Thirteen percent of Meriden’s housing stock is considered affordable, second only to New Haven in the county. Much of that affordable housing was funded through low-income tax credits and is located downtown. Despite Meriden’s spot along the Hartford Line, business owners have said it’s difficult to find investors to build restaurants and breweries downtown because […]

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Norwich considers labor agreement for school construction project

As the $385 million school construction project gets underway, city officials are considering whether to enter a project labor agreement with local trade unions that would mandate a percentage of Norwich workers be employed on the project. The School Building Committee and the City Council would have to approve the project labor agreement with the […]

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Lamont announces $999,000 remediation grant for former New Haven Coliseum site

With new buildings rising nearby on the former New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum site, Gov. Ned Lamont celebrated the city’s progress Wednesday and announced a $999,000 state “brownfields” grant to remediate leftover debris from the Coliseum’s 2007 demolition on property slated for a new, 277,435-square-foot life sciences and tech office building. The $200 million building […]

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Work Accelerates on 16 Neck Road Development After Request by Old Lyme to Cease Work

Construction has accelerated on a nine-lot subdivision project at 16 Neck Road more than a week after the town’s Zoning Enforcement Officer instructed the Westport-based developer, Frank Nocito, to halt work until he agreed to supervision by a town-approved engineer. Nocito, who hasn’t responded to questions shared by CT Examiner before the Christmas holiday, was […]

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Two large offshore wind sites are sending power to the US grid for the first time

For the first time in the United States, turbines are sending electricity to the grid from the sites of two large offshore wind farms. The joint owners of the Vineyard Wind project, Avangrid and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, announced Wednesday the first electricity from one turbine at what will be a 62-turbine wind farm 15 miles […]

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Norwich mayor urges spending restraints, touts economic development projects

Mayor Peter Nystrom highlighted major public and private developments, fueled by millions of dollars in state and federal grants during his annual State of the City address Tuesday but also urged city, school and utility officials to curb spending in the coming budget years. NPU broke ground in November on a five-year, $200 million new […]

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Former Bristol Myers property in Wallingford dormant despite warehouse approval

It has been a year since the owner of the former Bristol Myers Squib property on Research Parkway in Wallingford got approval for a 440,000 square foot warehouse and 10,000 square feet of office space, but it doesn’t appear that construction of the facility is going to start anytime soon. A Framingham, Mass.-based company, Calare […]

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CTDOT: Norwalk Merritt 7 train station completed, with ribbon-cutting set for walkway in next week

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Norwalk’s long-awaited new Merritt 7 train station will officially welcome commuters to the completed project within the next week, a Connecticut Department of Transportation spokesperson said. Work crews completed construction between Christmas and New Year’s Eve for the project that the state approved funding for in 2017 — although part of […]

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Work begins on $500M project to improve busy I-91, I-691 and Route 15 interchange in Meriden

State transportation officials have quietly ramped up work on a nearly $500 million project overhauling one of central Connecticut’s most congested and headache-inducing highway corridors. On Thursday, the state Department of Transportation opened bidding for the second of three construction phases on the Meriden interchange formed by the merger of three highways — Interstates 91 […]

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CT Port Authority’s New London pier, once mired in cost overruns, projects profit as wind energy hub

The once-troubled State Pier project in New London is on track to show a $1 million dollar profit over its first year in operation, a departure from its rocky start when construction costs ballooned to more than three times the original estimate. After four years of construction, the massive but long-neglected state pier on the […]

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Husband-and-wife team buy 47.3 acres in East Hartford/Manchester, plan ‘hundreds’ of housing units

A husband-and-wife team of entrepreneurs from Farmington paid $1.2 million Wednesday for a 47.3-acre property straddling the Manchester/East Hartford border, with plans for a large-scale residential development. Viswanatha Nayunipati and his wife, Radhika Nagineni, plan to build a large-scale multifamily residential development on the wooded property. Nayunipati, on Wednesday, said he is working with local […]

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Developer submits revised plans for 129-unit Stratford apartment complex after rejection

The developers behind a 129-unit apartment building proposed for Hawley Lane have submitted a new application for the project, more than a year after local officials rejected the controversial building over environmental concerns. Mountain Development Corporation, a New Jersey-based company responsible for the Merritt 8 Corporate Park, is seeking the town’s approval to construct the […]

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Connecticut man is killed when his construction truck snags overhead cables, brings down transformer

A Connecticut truck driver who was hauling a large dumpster died after his construction vehicle snagged some low-hanging cables and pulled down two utility poles, authorities said Saturday. Both poles snapped, and a transformer on one of them fell on top of the vehicle’s cab, Connecticut State Police said in a statement. Gary Pizzo, 61, […]

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Why Connecticut has seen a surge in self-storage facilities: ‘It’s a growing business’

Old Lyme officials will decide in January on the controversial self-storage proposal, which if approved would be the third such facility on a stretch of Shore Road near million-dollar homes and the town’s iconic Soundview Beach. But a range of other self-storage projects have been approved with little fanfare across the state in recent months, […]

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Darien’s Hindley, Holmes and Royle school renovations to cost $100M+. Is building new a better deal?

As the cost to renovate three elementary schools crosses $100 million, Darien officials appear poised to grant them the extra money — but not without questioning if it’s worth starting over with new buildings instead. Because of additional work and unfavorable market conditions, the cost to renovate Hindley, Holmes and Royle elementary schools rose to […]

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Major developments and projects in Connecticut to watch out for in 2024

On Bridgeport’s harbor on the East Side is Steelpointe where 2024 should be when construction finally begins on the 1,500 luxury apartments the development team there have been planning. Anthony Stewart’s Honey Locust Square aims to revitalize Bridgeport’s East End with a mix of residential and retail, including a supermarket. Mayor Joe Ganim’s administration tapped […]

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Feds: Tweed Expansion Can Fly Forward

Federal regulators have ruled that Tweed New Haven Airport may move forward with plans to extend its runway and construct a larger terminal, which is a project the airport is undertaking with the goal of increasing airplane traffic. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) handed down that 25-page ​“Finding of No Significant Impact and Record of […]

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DOL rule would promote apprenticeships, tighten program labor standards

The U.S. Department of Labor proposed a rule Dec. 14 that seeks to modernize the registered apprenticeship program. The rule intends to strengthen labor standards and worker protections as well as better promote apprenticeship pathways, among other things. “Equity and job quality have marked the most successful Registered Apprenticeship programs for workers and employers alike. […]

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Whole Foods to anchor new Cheshire mixed-use complex, developer says

The developer of the 300-unit apartment complex currently under construction in Cheshire’s Stone Bridge Crossing mixed use development is telling prospective tenants that the retail anchor of the project is a Whole Foods Market grocery store. Fairfield-based Eastpointe LLC is building an apartment complex that will be know as Riverpointe and has created a web […]

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Some in Simsbury fear 580-unit complex at The Hartford’s former campus may ruin town’s character

As the proposition of a 580-unit development looms over Simsbury, multiple residents passionately expressed their opposition to its construction, saying that it could destroy the rural character of the town they call home. Located at the site of The Hartford’s former campus on Hopmeadow Street, the development will comprise 580 units, ranging from one-bedroom apartments […]

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NL students get a behind-the-scenes look at State Pier wind power work

A group of 10 burgeoning engineers from the city’s high school spent part of their Wednesday morning in an outdoor classroom that featured towering wind turbine components, a massive off-loading barge and the kinds of activity expected at a major manufacturing site. The students toured the turbine pre-assembly site in the company of several chaperones […]

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CT study decries impact ‘urban renewal’ had on Black communities, seeks broad transportation change

The state’s final report on its three-year, Greater Hartford Mobility Study lays out plans for a dramatic change in the area’s transportation system but it first acknowledges the sobering — and lingering — reality: the damage done by 1960s-era urban renewal and interstate highway construction. In the Hartford area, largely white, affluent suburban communities benefited […]

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Grand jury probe into CT’s school construction program continuing

A federal grand jury’s investigation into how contracts were awarded through the state’s school construction grant program has quietly continued in recent months, with four detailed subpoenas issued this year — two as recently as October. The subpoenas, as well as two previously undisclosed from 2022, seek phone records, emails and calendar entries of as […]

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Biden mandates PLAs on large federal contracts

The Biden administration announced on Monday a final rule implementing an executive order that will require project labor agreements on federal construction projects costing $35 million or more. It will likely result in PLAs being required on a majority of large federal jobs. As a result, the White House estimated as many as 200,000 workers […]

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Sewage spilled into CT waterways nearly 150 times this year. See where, why and what’s being done

Between Jan. 1 and Nov. 30, there were 146 sewage spills into Connecticut’s rivers and harbors, according to state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection data. That number is led by Norwich, which has had 41 spills into the Shetucket River and 16 into the Thames, which empties into Long Island Sound, data show. That’s […]

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New Haven, East Hartford, others will share $7.2M in state brownfield remediation funding

Gov. Ned Lamont has approved the release of $7.2 million in state grants that will be used to support the remediation and assessment of blighted properties in nine municipalities across Connecticut. The grants are part of the Department of Economic and Community Development’s Brownfield Remediation and Development Program, which will help clean up properties for […]

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New Utility Right of Way in Fairfield and Bridgeport Spurred by CTDOT Plans for Faster Rail Service

United Illuminating told CT Examiner that its efforts to move transmission lines off of railroad catenaries on Northeast Corridor in Bridgeport and Fairfield came at the request of the Connecticut Department of Transportation, which wants the rail overhead cleared as it looks at ways to speed up trains. The state’s second-largest electric company is asking […]

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Norwich parks improvement plan would cost $30M over 10 years

A new draft Norwich parks master plan recommends the city consider building two splashpads, an artificial turf field, more shady areas and trails, and improve accessibility. Officials from FHI Studio of Hartford on Monday presented an overview of the 170-page plan, which assessed 31 city parks and made recommendations for improvements to each one. The […]

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NY company inks $30 million deal to build hangar campus at Bradley International Airport

The state already has five general aviation airports within its borders, but officials at the Connecticut Airport Authority announced late Monday they have reached an agreement with a Westchester County, N.Y. company to develop a hangar campus to serve that sector on eight acres of unused land at Bradley International Airport. Terms of the deal […]

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Scaled-down Naugatuck apartment project still draws opposition

The developer for a proposed apartment project near Long Meadow Pond Brook has downsized the plan after residential backlash, but residents continue to show strong opposition. Apartments at Long Meadow of Shelton initially proposed a 467-unit complex in eight buildings with 695 parking spaces, including 233 in garage spaces under buildings on 34.6 acres close […]

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New Haven approves Yale Golf Course renovation, where up to 1,500 trees will be taken down

Everything old is new again as Yale University has received the city’s approval for its golf course to closely revert to its 1926 design, which will also level up to 1,500 mature trees. The project had already received state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection approval and now has a sign-off by the City Plan […]

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New CT DOT project to tackle crash-prone, curvy roads in Farmington Valley and beyond

According to police crash report data from 2020 to 2022, there were approximately 280,000 crashes in Connecticut, and 34,000, or 12 percent, occurred on curves on state or town roads. In an effort to curb car accidents and deaths, the state Department of Transportation is updating and installing new horizontal curve warning signs and speed […]

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OSHA Violations On Rise This Year, Fall Protection Tops List

For 13 years running now, fall protection has hamstrung contractors and their safety directors. During that time, it has become OSHA’s most frequently cited infraction. It remains the most cited this year. During the National Safety Council’s (NSC) Safety Congress and Expo held this fall, OSHA’s Eric Harbin gave preliminary stats on the top 10 […]

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OSHA cites concrete subcontractor in Lafayette Street partial building collapse in New Haven

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined an Orange-based concrete subcontractor more than $185,000 due to a June 2 partial building collapse on Lafayette Street. A U.S. Department of Labor spokesman said in an email Thursday that the OSHA investigation is complete. However, it is still considered an open investigation to provide the […]

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NY developer considers new 42-unit apartment complex along Manchester’s Tolland Turnpike

New York developer Vessel Technologies is eyeing a site along Tolland Turnpike in town for a new 42-unit apartment complex. Vessel officials discussed the proposal with the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission at a meeting on Dec. 4, though they have yet to file any applications. The project would require a zone change to allow […]

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