With Fort Trumbull development planned out, what happens to the RCDA?

Last September, attorney Bill Sweeney stood in front of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission to praise a development deal that would transform three long-vacant Fort Trumbull parcels into two apartment complexes and a six-story parking garage. RCDA notes on its website that its overarching mission, to work with developers on projects that will “complement and support the ongoing redevelopment and revitalization of the Fort Trumbull” area ― as well as nearby downtown ― is “nearly completed.” Talks with developers interested in Fort Trumbull land have moved in fits and starts in the years after the ruling but only gained real momentum in 2022 with the purchase of 4 acres by the Optimus Construction Management company, which plans to build 104 apartments and a hotel with extended-stay suites on the site. That project has not yet broken ground, though. Davis said the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent supply-chain issues interrupted the construction schedule.


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