Construction to start on Bass Pro Shops
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#1 Aug 23, 2014
BRIDGEPORT -- "Vertical construction'' on the Bass Pro Shops that is the centerpiece of the long-awaited Steelpointe Harbor development will begin "within the next 30 days,'' a city official said Thursday.
Adam Wood, chief of staff for Mayor Bill Finch, said that the concrete pad for the 150,000 square-foot store has been readied, and the various city permits needed to build it have been filed.
Developer Robert Christoph Sr., principal of Bridgeport Landing Development, has said that he anticipates a grand opening in the fall of 2015.
The Miami-based developer has handed the site over to the national retailer, which has 400 days to build the store.
There have been rumors recently that Wal-Mart, not the Missouri-based Bass Pro, would be the retail anchor at Steelpointe. "Rumors are powerful in Bridgeport,'' Wood said, "but in this case they are truly wrong.''
The Steel Point property -- it was known as Harborpointe during a 1983 attempt to develop the site -- has languished for years. Bass Pro's decision to build a massive store and tourist attraction was announced in July 2012 with much fanfare by state and local officials.
At that time, the outdoor equipment retailer aimed to open its doors by Christmas 2013.
Connecticut Innovations, an arm of the state's economic development agencies, gave final approval in March to issuing $22 million in state bonds to help build Bass Pro's 150,000-square-foot store.
The deal has already been approved by the state Legislature and the State Bond Commission.
Since: Jun 14
#2 Aug 23, 2014
The store will be build, but will close down within five years.
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