Bass Pro development in Bridgeport de...

Bass Pro development in Bridgeport delayed six months

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#1 Dec 1, 2012
BRIDGEPORT -- Keep those $100 Bass Pro Shops gift cards in a safe place for at least another year-and-a-half.
The booty was distributed at July's celebratory fish fry announcing the outdoor retailer's move to the city's Steel Point project in time for Christmas 2013.
But Steel Point developer Robert Christoph last week said the necessary utility and road upgrades are taking longer than anticipated, pushing Bass Pro's grand opening back an estimated six months.
"We're looking at Bass Pro opening sometime in mid-2014," said Christoph, who is based in Miami. "The start for the roads has been further pushed back ... probably to January."
The city has been struggling for 30 years with partners in the private sector to transform the Steel Point peninsula into a waterfront mecca for businesses, residents and tourists.
Over the summer, Christoph, Mayor Bill Finch and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Bass Pro, a retailing giant headquartered in Missouri, had signed up as the first tenant in exchange for to-be-determined subsidies.
The city sought bids for road construction in the spring, with a goal of beginning the work by August and, weather-permitting, wrapping up by spring.
Christoph blamed the current delay on ongoing negotiations with The United Illuminating Co. over relocating and burying electrical equipment.
"It's like the chicken and the egg," Christoph said. "All the major utilities have to be in place to form the `backbone'... before the roads go over the top."
UI's Michael West said the developer and city, for aesthetic reasons, want the utilities installed underground.
"(That is) certainly something a lot of folks do. But the question here is about the costs associated with undergrounding," West said.
He declined to provide a specific figure, but said the work can cost 90 percent more than above-ground installation, which equals hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"What we cannot do is have the costs associated with that project now be paid for by all UI customers versus the beneficiary," West said. "There have been multiple conversations -- months of conversations, actually -- about this project and how to get it done."
West said the sides are closer to a resolution that may involve the state's Public Utilities Regulatory Authority.
"They are the ultimate decision-makers," West said.
Finch spokesman Elaine Ficarra said the administration hopes the issue can be resolved for the infrastructure work to begin in January.
Christoph said Bass Pro has 400 days to complete construction after the utility and road improvements are complete.
Company spokesman Larry Whiteley was unaware of any changes in the original timeline for a 2013 opening. But he acknowledged it takes time to complete a new Bass Pro location.
"Because the stores are so big and uniquely designed to the area of the country, they do take a while to build, unlike non-descript concrete block buildings," Whiteley said.
Christoph said he is still pleased with the momentum at the Steel Point site. The city and developer, for example, recently settled a two-year dispute with one of the last original property owners -- the Pequonnock Yacht Club -- over the condition in which the club left its California Street property when it moved to New Haven.
And Christoph said he and his staff continue traveling the country, meeting other potential tenants.
"Starting Sunday is the International Council of Shopping Centers conference in New York for the Northeast. That's a big one," Christoph said. "I know our leasing team has almost 20 to 25 different appointments set up ... all of whom now know at least Bass Pro is going to be there."
At the state level, closed-door talks over the details of the financial incentives offered Bass Pro are on schedule, according to the Department of Economic and Community Development. The agency offered no details.
http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Bass-Pro-d...

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#2 Dec 1, 2012
Dreaming, only dreaming, if you think that Bass Pro is coming to Bridgeport.

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#3 Dec 2, 2012
What? A harbor project delayed? You're kidding!

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#4 Dec 2, 2012
No, Citizen.

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#5 Dec 2, 2012
America Gentleman Samuel wrote:
No, Citizen.
I was being sarcastic.

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#6 Dec 2, 2012
Yes you were, Citizen.
CTM

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#7 Dec 2, 2012
Over the summer, Christoph, Mayor Bill Finch and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Bass Pro, a retailing giant headquartered in Missouri, had signed up as the first tenant in exchange for to-be-determined subsidies.......Sounds like Finch is trying to get the payoff number high enough to make sure Blumenthal and McKinney are happy with their envelopes. UI? Electric? Roads? Oh, maybe payoffs have to go through the crooked road contract industry and through the supplier side of the electric company. As in , isn't Mckinney still helping with "appropriations" for roads, as in getting the money approved? And Dickie created the monopoly "supply side" of the electric biz.

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#8 Dec 2, 2012
CTM have many interesting comments.
BPT

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#9 Dec 3, 2012
like we did'nt see this comin.
gonna be a long time before bridgeport see bass pro.

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#10 Dec 3, 2012
BPT wrote:
like we did'nt see this comin.
gonna be a long time before bridgeport see bass pro.
The list of harbor projects that have been put on ice is long indeed!
I still have a hard time picturing a lot of people patronizing a store there. Its also not the best use of a harbor. But then, democrats aren't the best choice in government.
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#11 Dec 3, 2012
Yep, to bad the Democrats are the core of corruption in this state, several republicans have a share as well. If there wasn't so much corruption the crooks that are puttin' the squeeze on the harbor would be in jail. To bad a bunch of them were elected. If the FBI and both state and federal attornies weren't getting paid off, this would make national news.

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#12 Dec 3, 2012
Yeah, I don't mean to imply that republicans are any panacea. It's just that the state is under tight democrat control, they are dysfunctional and corrupt, and the press isn't going to tell the voters that, ever.

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#13 Dec 3, 2012
Citizen
Do not call us Republicans names or you will get Mean Faces and Nuts for the rest of the day. Got it?

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#14 Dec 3, 2012
America Gentleman Samuel wrote:
Citizen
Do not call us Republicans names or you will get Mean Faces and Nuts for the rest of the day. Got it?
Don't you generally do that to everyone anyway?(YES, you do.)

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#15 Dec 3, 2012
Citizen

Liar, Mean Faces and Nuts are given out before I get up around Noon.

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#16 Dec 3, 2012
America Gentleman Samuel wrote:
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Liar, Mean Faces and Nuts are given out before I get up around Noon.
Hmmm I'll have to see if that is true. And oddly, as of right now (4:30 PM) there are no nuts or faces.
If you are right, it doesn't mean I purposely lied, Samuel. Maybe I was just mistaken.
CTM

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#17 Dec 4, 2012
Citizen44 wrote:
Yeah, I don't mean to imply that republicans are any panacea. It's just that the state is under tight democrat control, they are dysfunctional and corrupt, and the press isn't going to tell the voters that, ever.
........No, the press will never tell the truth. They are owned by Blumenthals Father-in-law, Malkin. That's why you don't hear about the illegal dumping suits dickie stopped so the dumpers could get away clean, the crooked highway contracts he signed, the 1/4 billion $$ he gave his ex law partner, the 100 million $$ that literally walked out of the Teachers Pension fund that he never went after, the millions of $$ of taxpayer money spent on his touring the country for his own political gain, the electric monopoly he set up, ad nauseum.....

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#18 Dec 4, 2012
CTM wrote:
<quoted text>........No, the press will never tell the truth. They are owned by Blumenthals Father-in-law, Malkin. That's why you don't hear about the illegal dumping suits dickie stopped so the dumpers could get away clean, the crooked highway contracts he signed, the 1/4 billion $$ he gave his ex law partner, the 100 million $$ that literally walked out of the Teachers Pension fund that he never went after, the millions of $$ of taxpayer money spent on his touring the country for his own political gain, the electric monopoly he set up, ad nauseum.....
Hey, it's also the lemmings in CT who will return these skoombags to office over and over again.... ever try talking to a blue collar union guy who has an inferiority complex? They rant and rant and rant about republicans in CT even though repubs have no effect in the state.

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#19 Dec 4, 2012
There are habitual democrat voters in the state who have some kind of psychosis about 'rich people' and 'the corporations'... I had a neighbor who was like that, he would go on and on about it, even when no one was talking about politics. I think everyone knows a loud-mouth leftie.

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#20 Dec 4, 2012
Who is getting Mean Faces and Nuts?

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