East Hartford approves first cannabis cultivator facility

Park Avenue will be home to a new location for a budding Connecticut industry. Michigan-based C3 Industries had its plans for a $12 million facility approved by the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday, paving the way for East Hartford’s first approved cannabis facility. The PZC approved cannabis facility regulations in November and revised […]

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This CT plaza could become a future model for shopping centers

“It’s a micro community… it’s an ecosystem within itself,” said Kathy Ekstrom, development manager for Quarry Walk’s developer, Seymour-based Haynes Group. “It’s a simple formula: You build what people need and want. And that’s exactly what we did.” Quarry Walk’s last available apartments are expected to be leased up this month, even as its developer […]

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Greenwich Avenue water main replacement was originally set for spring. When will it actually start?

Aquarion Water Company was planning to start a major water main replacement project on Greenwich Avenue this spring, but work has yet to start. The company is now saying that the water main replacement work, which is expected to take about a year to complete, should start in September. Aquarion spokesperson Peter Fazekas said they […]

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Greenwich has a $1.6B backlog in building projects. Its financial processes are to blame, report says.

The LWV, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that promotes civic engagement, recently published a Capital Projects Funding Study which reported that the town’s historic policies and norms have meant low taxes for residents, but a slow building process that delays needed work. These projects tend to get more expensive over time, so delaying work ends up […]

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DOL to update prevailing wage laws

The Department of Labor announced Tuesday that it will publish a rule updating the Davis-Bacon Act, which sets the prevailing wages contractors must pay workers on federal projects. The rule, first announced in March 2022, will restore the DOL’s definition of prevailing wage to make it equivalent to the wage paid to at least 30% […]

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Wallingford school officials consider options with delays to Sheehan track, field project

The Town Council approved bonding $2 million for the project in late April, and the school board estimated the work would be completed in early September. But the combination of a mandated 30-day waiting period before the purchase order could be issued to the contractor and continued supply distribution issues has pushed that completion date […]

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Middletown close to sealing deal with developer on housing, retail, public parking downtown

The city is close to crafting an agreement with a Hartford developer to build a housing and retail development off Main Street in a public-private collaboration that would include municipal parking spots to replace those lost when the arcade was razed in 2018. The project is a partnership with Spectra Construction & Development Corp., which […]

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Many Greenwich residents oppose teardown and rebuild of Old Greenwich School, prefer $42M renovation

The proposal to renovate the school and make it handicap accessible was reviewed at the Planning & Zoning Commission’s Tuesday meeting, where the upgrades and preservation of the 1902 structure were endorsed by a number of community members. The expected cost of the renovations is in the $42 million range. The Board of Estimate and […]

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Torrington Co. building to be demolished, site remediated

According to Mayor Elinor Carbone, the city is working with the building’s property owner, Torrington Standard, which in 2022 received funding for demolition and remediation. The City Council discussed the $2 million Brownfield Remediation Grant, allocated by the state Department of Economic and Community Development, which will be used to tear down areas of the […]

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White House unveils wage rule for federal projects, in win for unions

The measure aims to restore an old definition of the “prevailing wage,” scrapped by President Ronald Reagan, that the Biden administration says would change pay standards on federal construction projects. Under the new rule, employers would be required to pay construction workers the equivalent of wages made by at least 30 percent of workers in […]

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Developers cut hotel, offices from Shelton’s Fountain Square plan, seek up to 145 apartments instead

Highview Commercial, the project’s developer, has filed an application with the Planning and Zoning Commission seeking to amend the already approved Planned Development District for the site located at 801 Bridgeport Ave. The revised application calls for removal of the already approved hotel and an office building planned for the rear of the site and […]

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Will state’s plan to fix busy Southington intersection actually make traffic worse?

The state Department of Transportation has had reconfiguration plans for the Route 10/Route 322/Old Turnpike Road area just north of the Cheshire line since at least 2008. In addition to squaring off unusual intersection angles, the plans call for the removal of the bridge, regrading Route 10 to meet Route 322 and putting a traffic […]

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Opening of New London traffic circle set to mark end of construction traffic headaches

A massive road rebuilding and roundabout construction project on Jefferson Avenue aimed at improving deteriorating pavement conditions and alleviating traffic snarls is expected to be completed by next month. Director of Public Works Brian Sear said the impetus for the work, which has led to some frustration by drivers attempting to navigate alternating lanes and […]

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Michigan cannabis company proposes 72,366-sq.-ft. grow facility in East Hartford

A multi-state cannabis company headquartered in Michigan plans to build a 72,366-square-foot cultivation site in East Hartford. C3 is in the process of expanding to three new states, according to CEO Ankur Rungta. That includes the proposed facility along Park Road in East Hartford. A request for a special permit is scheduled to go before […]

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A developer wants to place over 2,500 solar panels in rural Bethany. Neighbors are fighting back

The proposal by the developer, California-based TRITEC Americas, to construct a solar photovoltaic facility in Bethany is one of dozens of similar projects under construction or in planning around Connecticut, part of the state’s efforts to rid itself of emissions from fossil-fuel burning power plants by 2040. As both governments and developers seek to ramp […]

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MidState Medical Center seeks permission for $8.4M expansion

MidState Medical Center is seeking to build a new $8.4 million, 16-bed adult medical and surgical unit to boost its inpatient space. The nonprofit Meriden-based hospital, which is part of the Hartford HealthCare system, has submitted a certificate of need application with the state Office of Health Strategy to increase its licensed bed capacity. Because […]

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Three Darien elementary schools have delayed their renovations by nearly a year. Why?

Renovations for three Darien elementary schools have been delayed by a year after a disappointing round of construction bids. Overhauls of Hindley, Holmes and Royle elementary schools, originally slated to begin this summer, will now begin construction closer to late spring and summer of 2024 and run through August 2026. The main cause of delay […]

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Supporters make case for keeping Hartford-Brainard Airport open amid calls to redevelop the land

Not just a playground for wealthy airplane owners, the airport plays an important role in Hartford’s economy as a base for corporate jets, said Teiger, president of the Hartford Brainard Airport Association. Keeping the airport open will also position Hartford for a future where advanced aerospace — be it drones, vertical takeoff and landing technology […]

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State Audit Finds Port Authority Failed to Bid Out $800K Contract

In its first report since a scathing 2019 audit led to then-Executive Director Evan Matthews being fired and the Office of Policy and Management gaining oversight of the quasi-public agency, auditors said the authority didn’t open bids before awarding a $794,790 contract to AECOM Technical Services in May 2019. The auditors’ office told CT Examiner […]

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CT’s infrastructure czar visits three Greenwich sites for potential federal spending

State officials made a trip to Greenwich Friday to visit some sites that may be eligible for Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act money, including the neglected dam on the Pemberwick River that hadn’t been inspected in more than a decade. Connecticut is slated to receive several billion dollars from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, […]

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Second Norwich business park readies for takeoff

Plans were filed this week seeking state and federal approvals for a proposed access road into 384 acres of land in Occum, where Norwich plans to create a second business park. Each of three large condo lots shown on plans filed in the Norwich city clerk’s office shows proposed divisions into smaller pieces. The plan […]

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Latest federal funding provides further lift to Meriden airport

Meriden-Markham Municipal Airport will receive a $1.4 million grant from the federal government to repave the southern section of its taxiway, the latest in a series of improvements to the municipal airport. The funding was awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program and will finish the replacement of the airport’s southern taxiway, which […]

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Here’s a new plan to improve the Route 7/Merritt interchange in Norwalk; public invited to weigh in

This proposal, called Alternative 26, includes plans to smooth traffic flow off Main Avenue by adding new exits and entrance ramps that connect to both Route 7 and the Merritt. Additionally, proposed improvements to the Route 15 and Main Avenue ramps would address the substandard acceleration lanes, steep changes in grade, sharp curves and limited […]

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Stamford weighs $470K contract to create controversial roundabout at busy Shippan intersection

A contract for engineering firm Fuss & O’Neill to design a roundabout at the intersection of Shippan Avenue, Harbor Drive and Magee Avenue is headed to the Board of Representatives for a vote, after the board’s transportation committee unanimously approved it Wednesday night. The contract includes the road redesign, as well as an analysis of […]

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Biden takes steps to protect workers from extreme heat

President Joe Biden on Thursday announced plans to increase protections for workers facing extreme heat, as temperatures across the U.S. soar and large swaths of the country face heat advisories. Biden asked the U.S. Department of Labor to issue its first hazard alert for heat, which will give employers information on how to protect workers […]

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Committee Delays $86M Darien Elementary School Renovations by a Year

Officials have delayed the $86 million renovation of three public elementary schools – Hindley, Holmes and Royle – by a year, pointing to a lack of participation and high cost estimates from contractors. The $86 million estimated budget includes renovations to libraries, classrooms, offices, parking lots and fields, removing portable classrooms and replacing the roofs […]

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Shelton approves 152-unit ‘luxury’ apartment complex on River Road

The Oxford-based developer behind the proposed 152-unit apartment complex on River Road has been given the greenlight to move forward with the project. The Planning and Zoning Commission recently approved initial plans from B-WIZZ to develop the four-building complex at 453 River Road. The developers must return with final detailed development plans once they receive […]

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Winsted invites second round of proposals for 118-acre Mountainside Drive property

After only one application was received to develop 118 acres of town-owned property, the Request for Proposals call remains open until September, an official said. Proposals for the sale and development of Mountainside Drive, located off of Wallens Hill Road, are now due by Sept. 22. Town officials said that any proposal should focus on […]

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Bridgeport battle over Testo’s apartments moves to next stage as developers consider next move

The zoning application was originally submitted in December 2021 by then-Testo’s owners Mario Testa, longtime head of the Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee and ally of Mayor Joe Ganim, and his nephew Ralph Giacobbe. And the apartment plan was drawn up by Bridgeport-based contractor John Guedes, well-know for his work in Shelton and some under-construction downtown […]

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Bridgeport seeks $25M for PSEG-owned, closed power plant

Mayor Joe Ganim’s administration is seeking $25 million from the state to purchase — or, if it comes to it, seize through eminent domain — and demolish the PSEG-owned facility at 1 Atlantic St. in the South End. Those unfamiliar with the massive industrial harborfront property will likely at least recognize its red and white […]

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CT borough hires engineering firm for development hub, roadway

The Board of Mayor and Burgesses has hired national engineering firm Kleinfelder Northeast for $437,273 to work on the design for the Parcel A and B major development hub, roadway and site improvement concept. Borough officials already had chosen Kleinfelder for work on stormwater and sanitary sewer upgrades. Richter & Cegan, an Avon-based landscape architecture […]

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Planned $96M factory project in Windsor gets $1.5 million tax break

A Baltimore-based builder of prefabricated multifamily structures has been approved for a $1.5 million state tax break in return for 112 hires it plans for a new factory in Windsor. The loan committee of Connecticut Innovations, on Tuesday, approved the tax break. The deduction will be applied against taxes on the anticipated $96 million cost […]

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26 acres in Newington sell for $2.3M to developer planning 225 luxury apartments

A planned 225-unit luxury apartment development in Newington is regaining momentum after the withdrawal of a court challenge, which was followed by a $2.3 million land sale. In April 2022, Newington’s Zoning Commission approved a special permit allowing Pennsylvania-based multifamily builder A.R. Building Co. Inc. to build luxury apartments on a roughly 26-acre site along […]

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Farmington moves forward with development of 204 luxury apartments across from Batterson Park

Farmington is moving forward with the construction of 204 luxury apartments across from Batterson Park that zoning officials expect will help address the town’s need for workforce housing. Located at 80 Batterson Park, the site of the Pond View Apartments is also within a few miles of other employment hubs like Jackson Labs, Stanley Black […]

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After decades-long decline, advocates hope hydroelectric power could see rebirth as clean energy solution

As Connecticut inches closer to its 2040 deadline to procure all of its energy from zero-carbon sources, the state needs to diversify production, and some experts say that hydropower must become an increasingly important part of the energy mix if the Nutmeg State is going to meet its clean energy goals. However, for that to […]

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Amazon buys former Lowe’s plaza in Orange for $14.5M

E-commerce giant Amazon.com has purchased two vacant retail plazas along the busy Boston Post Road in Orange for more than $14 million. The site was the subject of a 2020 redevelopment proposal to turn the former Lowe’s center into a 129,000-square-foot delivery station. It is unclear what Amazon’s plans are for the property. The two […]

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Clear Cutting For Powerlines Between Branford and Old Saybrook has Neighbors Up in Arms

Residents of Guilford and Madison as the energy company Eversource has started clearing trees from the 150-foot wide right of way running along transmission lines between Branford and Old Saybrook. The project is expected to run through the end of the year, said Eversource Manager of Vegetation Management in Connecticut Sean Redding. The clearing is […]

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Stratford approves $18M in upgrades for schools, parks, Shakespeare redevelopment and more

School buildings, tennis courts, playgrounds, and other public facilities are all set to receive millions of dollars in repairs and upgrades next year as part of a town-wide effort to improve local infrastructure. The Town Council voted unanimously last week to approve Mayor Laura Hoydick’s proposed improvement program for the 2023-24 fiscal year and issue […]

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Pedestrian bridge at Merritt 7 train station in Norwalk delayed by supply chain; new platform opens

The new Metro-North train station at Merritt 7 is open for commuters, however, the pedestrian bridge going over the railroad tracks to the office complex is missing some of its needed glass, delaying its debut. The delay is due to ongoing supply chain issues that began during the COVID-19 pandemic, Morgan said. Although the bridge […]

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Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, with a price tag of about $25M, on track to be built by spring 2024

The new Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, projected to cost roughly $25 million, should be mostly built by spring of 2024, and one town official said the exterior of the new building will likely completed soon. The new facility, named the Cohen Eastern Greenwich Civic Center after its donors from the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation, […]

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What’s going on with offshore wind projects in New England?

The offshore wind market in North America has attracted global developers and equity partners as state and federal policies finally align to encourage investment in domestic clean energy. But at the same time, developers face challenges as inflation, supply chain bottlenecks, the high cost of materials, competition for vessels and ports, and workforce shortages threaten […]

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Rain flooded a section of I-95 in Norwalk in recent days; the DOT says it’s working to fix it

Flooding has covered a low-lying section of Interstate 95 the past few days during torrential downpours, causing detours and slow downs for drivers. It’s problem the state Department of Transportation says its hoping to alleviate through a construction project that should take about a year to complete. He said the construction zone at the site […]

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CTDOT Maintains Through Streets for Stonington Viaduct Replacement

In an unexpected move, the state Department of Transportation told town officials on Monday that it plans to fully replace the 83-year-old Alpha Street viaduct while preserving the through streets running below it. The new plan, dubbed “option five,” came after the department offered several repair options, including a $25.5 million bridge replacement that would […]

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$29 million approved toward improvements to West Haven’s Surfside Apartments

Board members for Savin Rock Communities voted unanimously to borrow up to $29.3 million to make upgrades to Surfside, a 254-unit public housing property designated obsolete in early 2020 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to authority Executive Director John Counter. Counter said in March that plans to borrow in order […]

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Bridgeport temporarily revokes zoning permit for Testo’s apartments, but developer starts demolition

Hours after municipal demolition permits were issued for the property, the city’s zoning chief Monday advised the developer and contractor behind a 177-unit apartment complex planned for the former Testo’s restaurant of “serious questions and reservations” with the plan approval his department issued in March 2022. As a result, wrote Zoning Administrator Paul Boucher in […]

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East Hartford apartment complex planned for former movie theater site gets $7 million in state funds

Gov. Ned Lamont announced Tuesday that nearly $7 million in State Bond Commission funding will be used for an apartment complex on the site of the former Showcase Cinemas. A groundbreaking is expected later this year. Lamont said construction is tougher in Connecticut than many other states and the lending market is difficult, but the […]

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Stamford’s Landmark Square gets OK to be 31 stories, making it the city’s third-tallest building

The Stamford Zoning Board on has approved a proposal to build a 31-story high-rise apartment building in downtown’s Landmark Square. The residential tower will replace an existing office building built in 1977 as part of Stamford’s urban renewal era. The new project will be the city’s third-tallest building. The developer, White Plains, N.Y.-based Cappelli Organization, […]

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Northern Litchfield County roads in need of repairs after heavy rains

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., on Monday pledged to do his best to secure federal funding for three Northwest Corner towns where roads sustained heavy damage in flooding July 9-10. Blumenthal stopped in Colebrook first, followed by Norfolk, where several roads and two bridges on Route 272 were damaged, before moving on to Goshen and […]

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Agency Begins Scrutinizing Federal Contractors for Compliance On IIJA Projects

Many of the infrastructure improvement projects that resulted from the mega bipartisan IIJA program will be under scrutiny this year by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The agency is increasing its focus on companies receiving those IIJA federal monies. The OFCCP released a list of 250 construction contractors and subcontractors that the […]

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Off shore wind project to supply CT energy gets environmental green light from federal regulators

Revolution Wind, the offshore wind farm project southeast of Block Island that could power more than 350,000 southern New England homes, moved significantly closer to completion Monday when the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced it had completed the project’s final environmental review. Revolution Wind, a joint venture by regional electric utility Eversource and […]

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Manafort Bros. up for $3.6M contract to clear massive industrial building from Waterbury center

Waterbury officials are asking the city’s Board of Aldermen to sign off Monday on a contract paying Plainville-based Manafort Brothers up to $3.6 million to demolish a former brass factory in the heart of the city. Waterbury paid $2.3 million for the 138,304-square-foot building on 6 acres at 170 Freight St. in December, planning to […]

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Flood-prone Meriden spared from heaviest rainfall during weekend storms

Flooding during significant rainfall events historically has been an issue in Meriden. But officials say ongoing efforts during the yearslong Harbor Brook flood control project, which is ongoing, have reduced the severity of those such storms. The Meriden Green is a cornerstone of those efforts, as it is capable of storing some 58 acre feet […]

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Demolition could begin this week at Bridgeport’s former Testo’s, 177 apartments planned for site

Demolition of the former Testo’s restaurant, where Bridgeport’s long-time Democratic Party chief for years cooked for patrons and concocted political recipes for the city, could begin this week to make way for a 177-unit market rate apartment complex. The municipal building department on Monday issued the $4,440 worth of necessary permits to tear down the […]

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Growing Hartford-focused developer lines up 78-unit development on city land

A developer with a growing roster of apartment developments and renovations in a long-struggling corner of Hartford has proposed a $30.4 million project mixing 78 apartments and 12,000 square feet of commercial and office space on two city-owned properties. Now, Bronin is proposing to grant a 49-year lease – with options to renew – of […]

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Southington library to break ground on new building next week

Construction is about to commence on the Southington Library site, following nearly two years of planning by the Library Building Committee. Contractors at Whiting-Turner planned to move their trailer on site Friday, and erecting a fence around the construction area on either Monday or Tuesday early next week. Having met with all the different contractors, […]

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East Hartford agrees to talk incentives for Founders Plaza development

Elected officials plan to discuss government incentives for Port Eastside LLC, a company looking to revitalize an area bordering the Connecticut River with mixed-use development. Mayor Mike Walsh announced earlier this month that he will leave his position in November to help organize the plan, named Port Eastside, without payment from any parties involved. Nicholas […]

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Should Hartford-Brainard Airport close? Mayor Bronin thinks so, but there’s pushback.

The future of Hartford-Brainard Airport was the subject of intense debate Thursday night — with Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin speaking up to make the case for transforming the site into something more valuable to the city. Experts hired by consultant BJF Planning outlined the economic and environmental factors affecting the marketability of the airport property, […]

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Stratford town council hears plan for black box theater at former Shakespeare site

Mayor Laura Hoydick’s proposed replacement for the old American Shakespeare Theater would feature about 500 to 550 seats, according to the architect who helped design the venue. The yet-to-be-approved concept for a black box theater, which Hoydick unveiled last month alongside a larger $11.5 million redevelopment of the riverside site off Elm Street, would be […]

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Grant may lead to redevelopment of Pawcatuck mill into 58 apartments

The blighted property may soon see residential redevelopment after receiving a $200,000 grant from the state Department of Economic and Community Development. The town, in collaboration with the developer, Lee Properties of Haverhill, Mass., applied for the grant this spring to conduct environmental assessments on the property. The grant, one of 15 Municipal Brownfield Grants […]

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Why Greenwich’s Central Middle School construction pushed to 2024, 10K books may be cut from library

Members of the Central Middle School building committee are waiting for a revised cost estimate from the architects and construction manager team. The project’s start date has also been delayed by several months. Tony Turner, chairperson, said these are preliminary and may change once SLAM Collaborative, the project architects, and Turner Construction, the project construction […]

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Construction begins on Mystic Seaport boutique hotel

Construction of a new boutique hotel has begun on the grounds of Mystic Seaport Museum on the site of the former Latitude 41 restaurant. Work began on the site of the future Delamar Mystic Hotel in March with the demolition of Latitude 41 and the Shipyard Tavern by Mystic Seaport, and construction began last month, […]

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Bristol mayor proclaims ‘hottest construction season ever in downtown’ with Wheeler Health, Carrier buildings under way

As the Carrier Companies kicked off construction of a 104-unit apartment complex downtown, contractors were erecting structural steel for Wheeler Health’s new headquarters across Hope Street and other crews were working on the $33 million city hall renovation on the other side of North Main Street. The family-owned Carrier Companies’ groundbreaking for Centre Square Village […]

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Bridgeport to improve air quality, cooling systems at 2 schools

The more than $3.6 million grant will be used to fine-tune the existing infrastructure and to install a wide-range of new equipment, including solar power systems, heat pumps and energy-efficient lighting, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Officials have not yet announced which two schools will receive the upgrades, but could be an example […]

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Construction advances at Waterbury’s Hillside neighborhood

Construction is about 25% complete at Linden Place, a 44-unit, mixed-income housing complex in the historic Hillside neighborhood. The $13 million project, run by nonprofit affordable housing developer NeighborWorks New Horizons, is expected to be complete by June 2024, said Tom Cruess, the organization’s CEO. Linden Place will be for individuals and families earning between […]

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Construction company looks to expand: Naugatuck Industrial park’s neighbors concerned with all-day noise level

The Zoning Commission on June 21 approved a special permit for International Framers to develop two steel and metal one-story buildings, a 25,600-square-foot structure and a 10,200-square-foot building at 280 Elm St. The applicant will be required to provide the borough with a sediment and erosion control landscaping bond and present a landscaping plan and […]

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CT DOT is working on roads, bridges, train stations. What you need to know about top 5 projects.

Whether it’s road construction on Interstate 95, Route 9, the Haddam swing bridge over the Connecticut River or a new railroad station in Windsor Locks, the state Department of Transportation has been out working on improvement projects — and holding up road and river traffic at times. Projects are largely financed with 80% federal funds […]

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Hartford’s development strategy hinges on tax-fixing agreements

In an effort to jump-start development in three key areas in or near downtown Hartford, city officials want to establish various tax-fixing agreements they say will make it more attractive for developers to build mixed-use projects. Mayor Luke Bronin and the city council are considering tax-fixing agreements for future developments that occur at: Rensselaer Polytechnic […]

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Stamford Democrats Question the Public Benefit of ‘Luxury’ Development

During a Board of Representatives meeting this week, Democratic city Rep. Megan Cottrell laid out a view of the development that has earned Stamford the moniker “fastest-growing city in Connecticut.” “The goal, for many, is to turn Stamford into a luxury place,” Cottrell said. “We are attracting affluent people from New York and surrounding areas, […]

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Study finds Tolland would benefit economically from increase in multifamily housing

Director of Planning and Development David Corcoran said that the Economic Development Commission hired urban economics consulting firm Strategy 5 LLC to conduct an analysis of the town to explore the economic and fiscal impacts of additional multifamily housing after two multifamily projects were approved in recent years, the 83-unit College View Village behind Merrow […]

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New tower for Hartford-Brainard Airport proposed as officials study site’s future

A plan to build a new air-traffic control tower for Hartford-Brainard Airport is up for review under a federal environmental report posted for public comment last week. The plan, drafted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), proposes replacing Hartford-Brainard’s 1973-vintage tower with a more modern design including all-electric building systems, recycled steel and harmful-chemical-free materials. […]

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East Haven zoners approve Strong Street housing project, luxury apartment building

The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved applications for a luxury apartment building on South Shore Drive and a housing project on Strong Street. The Strong Street development will include 69 detached single-family homes on about 17 acres on Strong Street, project officials said. The units will not have an age restriction or affordable component. […]

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Two Greenwich school projects missed the CT reimbursement deadline. Could it cost taxpayers millions?

Residents may be on the hook for millions of dollars in school construction work because officials missed the deadline to apply for state aid. And while both the Central Middle School and Old Greenwich School projects will eventually be done, base costs are expected to skyrocket because of inflation, in one case swallowing up whatever […]

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Norwalk wants new SoNo elementary school to be 100 percent solar-powered

The city hopes to power the proposed South Norwalk Elementary School entirely by solar energy, according to Adam Blank, attorney for the school district on the project. During the meeting, the commission also discussed the existing site plans for the proposed $76 million school, which will be South Norwalk’s first in over 40 years. Blank […]

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New Haven gets $25 million grant to create bus rapid transit system with 18 new stops

The project includes creating 18 new stops and four mini-hubs and the procurement of 15 new electric buses. There also will be a dedicated bus-only guideway and traffic signal priority buses, according to officials. Members of the city’s federal delegation and local officials announced a $25 million federal grant to help build a new BRT […]

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CT hands out millions of dollars to redevelop, clean up sites in Bristol, Bridgeport, New Haven

The state is distributing $23.8 million in grants and loans to clean up and revive former industrial sites in Bristol, Bridgeport, New Haven, Fairfield and other towns. The brownfields remediation funding affects 480 acres on 22 properties in 15 communities, including Bridgeport, New Haven and Bristol, where a shuttered steel plant is targeted for renewal. […]

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Bond Commission set to approve $340.2M for projects, including Founders Plaza redevelopment

The State Bond Commission is expected to approve $340.2 million in funding for projects across the state when it meets Friday morning. The agenda includes a $6.5 million request for abatement and demolition of buildings at Founders Plaza in East Hartford, including the former McCartin School and three adjacent buildings. The commission is also set […]

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Bronin eyes tax deal for Parkville mixed-use development

Bronin has requested the city council authorize him to enter into a tax-fixing agreement, purchase and sales agreement, development agreement, and ground lease for 17 Bartholomew Ave. The underutilized downtown parking lot is owned by Carlos Mouta of 17-35 Bartholomew Avenue LLC, who is seeking a public/private partnership with the city in his vision for […]

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Seymour road project could clear way for 200-acre, Quarry Walk-like development

A plan to develop more than 200 acres got closer to realty with the recent announcement of $3 million in federal community project funding. “Every day there’s an article in the paper about the housing crisis affecting families,” DeLauro, who represents the 3rd District, said at a press conference inside Seymour Town Hall Tuesday. The […]

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State approves $4.3M for Plantsville streetscape project

State funding is ready for a streetscape improvement project for downtown Plantsville that’s been in the works for well over a decade. The $4.3 million project will realign the West Main Street and Route 10 intersection slightly to improve site lines in addition to providing other safety and aesthetics upgrades for the area. Funding is […]

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Hamden eyes $5 million in state aid to repair tennis courts, ice rink

Hamden is seeking $5 million from the state’s Community Investment Fund, a portion of which would help repair the tennis courts. The rest would go toward updating and renovating the neighboring Louis Astorino Ice Arena. The Legislative Council on Tuesday voted to give the town administration permission to submit the CIF application. The tennis courts, […]

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Facing higher construction costs and interest rates, some developers turn to affordable housing projects

Lewis Brown, principal of affordable housing developer Honeycomb Real Estate Partners, expects to launch a $26 million transformation of the run-down West Hartford Inn into 44 affordable apartments this fall. Soaring interest rates and construction costs, along with historic levels of state funding, have some of the biggest names in Connecticut’s multifamily development sector moving […]

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Hartford’s North End flooding woes to be addressed with $170M

For decades, homes in Hartford’s North End have been plagued by regular flooding, and nobody took responsibility for fixing the problem. But on Monday, state and local officials, led by Gov. Lamont and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, announced a $170 million project to correct decades of environmental injustice. The $85 million to pay the state’s […]

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Wage theft in CT: Millions stolen from workers since 2019

The exact amount of stolen wages in Connecticut is unknown, but some insight can be gleaned from complaints filed by workers to the departments of labor at both the state and federal levels, which investigate these complaints and can order employers to pay back wages. Based on investigations of those complaints, the U.S. Department of […]

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New London to get $17 million for transit hub improvements

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded New London $17 million for planned transit-related infrastructure improvements downtown, the largest portion going toward expansion of the city’s Water Street parking garage, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd, announced on Thursday. The city has for years sought federal funds for the garage expansion and improvements that would alleviate […]

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