Another delay for Steel Point project

Another delay for Steel Point project

There are 16 comments on the Connecticut Post story from Sep 10, 2008, titled Another delay for Steel Point project. In it, Connecticut Post reports that:

A step forward and two steps back. For years, that faltering scenario has been the story behind the massive redevelopment proposed for the Steel Point peninsula.

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disgusted

Fairfield, CT

#1 Sep 10, 2008
what a shame
Hillary

New York, NY

#2 Sep 10, 2008
attn bpt citizens...keep voting democrat...we've accomplished so much for you!

Obama 08
truth be told

Naugatuck, CT

#3 Sep 10, 2008
this has nothing to do with democrats or republicans.
it is a shame- the only way to find out the full story is to call city hall and your city elected officials.
not to rely on the media.
Jay Tee

Fairfield, CT

#4 Sep 10, 2008
I'm not so sure this has nothing to do with the Democrats, who have run Bridgeport for about 60 years.
Let's not forget, at the beginning of this project there were land seizures and evictions based on bribes to Pinto.
I don't believe Bridgeport is very well run, and I don't see what is wrong with someone like Torres for mayor.
Why did they kick out Hitchcock Marine, anyway? It would not have been in the way of Derektor- you can see that now that Derektor is there.
Spiral

Brooklyn, NY

#5 Sep 10, 2008
I am in development and have knowledge of development of coastal properties in Bridgeport. Everyone knows that any coastal development must go through another layer of approvals/permitting - via the State and DEP - a very lengthly process. From where I sit, the fact that this was not anticipated beforehand defies logic - boundary map error or not, all parties should have known you can't get a pdd without state and dep permits and approvals - that's development 101.
TIM

Hackensack, NJ

#6 Sep 10, 2008
TOO BAD
bridgeport mike

New York, NY

#7 Sep 10, 2008
bridgeport and its politicians are such a joke, no wonder its the laughing stock of the nation.

Since its waterfront property, why doesn't the city build another jail or bus station.

Just like the Harborpointe project this project will never be built.
DISASTER_THE_POI NT

New Rochelle, NY

#8 Sep 10, 2008
Someone double check my math here. Rex is the 4th Developer involved in this project in the post-Conroy era, correct? Uh...RCI, Tomasso Brothers, Midtown Equities and now Rex.
WTF?????
Spiral

Brooklyn, NY

#9 Sep 10, 2008
Midtown Equities and Rex are now one in the same - sort of - RexMidtown Development Llc is a partnership between Rex-Corp Realty and Midtown Equities.
disgusted

Fairfield, CT

#10 Sep 11, 2008
truth be told wrote:
this has nothing to do with democrats or republicans.
it is a shame- the only way to find out the full story is to call city hall and your city elected officials.
not to rely on the media.
Your kidding right? The Democratic party will circle their wagons and protect each other because they are all fed off the same gravy train. I wouldn't ask my "elected" official for the correct time.
Sick and Tired Bpt

New York, NY

#11 Sep 11, 2008
Spiral wrote:
I am in development and have knowledge of development of coastal properties in Bridgeport. Everyone knows that any coastal development must go through another layer of approvals/permitting - via the State and DEP - a very lengthly process. From where I sit, the fact that this was not anticipated beforehand defies logic - boundary map error or not, all parties should have known you can't get a pdd without state and dep permits and approvals - that's development 101.
The problem is the City's Planning and Economic Development division. The officials do not know what the heck they are doing. This oversight of getting the proper permits for Steel Point is incompetence - blatant INCOMPETENCE!

Mike Nidoh, the head planner has been in that department for more than 25 years. Ed Lavernoich has been in Bridgeport's planning and economic development department for almost, if not more than 20 years himself. Neither one of them knows what they are doing and have no vision or respect for Bridgeport. They are not committed to Bridgeport's development and progression. They are committed to their hefty paychecks and future retirement benefits.

Administration after administration have failed to see... to understand that longevity in City Hall does not equate to competence. And obviously all the consultants the previous director Nancy Hadley had to hire to run Planning and Economic Development because she didn't know what she was doing... the job was waaay over her head... outright beat the City by not performing, which is incompetence too. Look at Zoning, Engineering and Building departments... a reck of a mess! The process that now includes LUCRA has done nothing but make the process of obtaining a building permit even more cumbersome than before. It's a disgrace that in 2008 - the 21st century - Bridgeport City Hall is still run like it the 1950s... nothing's automated.

Clean up City Hall... it's time to drain the swamp! Get rid of the dead weight! Fire Mike Nidoh and Ed Lavernoich.
disgusted

Fairfield, CT

#12 Sep 11, 2008
"Clean up City Hall... it's time to drain the swamp! Get rid of the dead weight! Fire Mike Nidoh and Ed Lavernoich."
If only.......
John

Bridgeport, CT

#13 Sep 11, 2008
Sick and Tired Bpt wrote:
<quoted text>
The problem is the City's Planning and Economic Development division. The officials do not know what the heck they are doing. This oversight of getting the proper permits for Steel Point is incompetence - blatant INCOMPETENCE!
Mike Nidoh, the head planner has been in that department for more than 25 years. Ed Lavernoich has been in Bridgeport's planning and economic development department for almost, if not more than 20 years himself. Neither one of them knows what they are doing and have no vision or respect for Bridgeport. They are not committed to Bridgeport's development and progression. They are committed to their hefty paychecks and future retirement benefits.
Administration after administration have failed to see... to understand that longevity in City Hall does not equate to competence. And obviously all the consultants the previous director Nancy Hadley had to hire to run Planning and Economic Development because she didn't know what she was doing... the job was waaay over her head... outright beat the City by not performing, which is incompetence too. Look at Zoning, Engineering and Building departments... a reck of a mess! The process that now includes LUCRA has done nothing but make the process of obtaining a building permit even more cumbersome than before. It's a disgrace that in 2008 - the 21st century - Bridgeport City Hall is still run like it the 1950s... nothing's automated.
Clean up City Hall... it's time to drain the swamp! Get rid of the dead weight! Fire Mike Nidoh and Ed Lavernoich.
Well, said here,here
Free American

Waterbury, CT

#14 Sep 11, 2008
The problem is that this was planned by Bridgeports corrupt Democratic leadership along with real estate developers who are all robbing us bling
Sick and Tired Bpt

New York, NY

#15 Sep 15, 2008
Real estate developers are in the business of making money for what they do - develop raw land or redevelop property for a new use.

If there's any "robbing" going on by developers, it's because the City of Bridgeport's Office of Planning and Economic Development (OPED) officials along with the City attorney are INCOMPETENT. They are allowing it. They are the ones that initiate and negotiate land development agreements with developers. And, by the way... the City Council has to approve those agreements

For example - the sale of those 50 acres for the Steel Point development - the City is accepting only $4.5 million dollars to turn that property over to a private development team. Yet, there is no demand in the Development Agreement for the developer to provide any upfront financial risk by purchasing that property from the City directly using THEIR OWN MONEY... no request from the City for the developer to prove their commitment to the project. In fact, the current development team, specifically MidTown Equities, cannot write a check or get private financing to purchase that property from the City. Why? Because they're broke... and have been... even before the downturn in the real estate market. That selling of bonds is not a true financial commitment. That's using OPM (other peoples money).

John Fabrizi and ex-director Nancy Hadley by way of the City Attorney rushed to get a development agreement for Steel Point signed and approved by the Council before going out of office. That agreement makes no financial demands on the developers to put up their own, non-refundable, money initially. That's not the developer's fault. It is OPED's fault. City officials did not look out and do what is in the best interest of the City taxpayers. No... they did what was best for themselves, at the time.

Let's not confuse capitalism with incompetence by OPED officials and our elected officials - the Chief Executive/Mayor and Council members.
bpthoodnews

Lodi, NJ

#16 Aug 1, 2013
LOL Steel Point always get delay.

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