Bridgeport takes 1st step toward RR station

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Bridgeport took the first step in its plan to build a Metro-North railroad station on Barnum Avenue when it sought Inland Wetlands Commission approval to demolish buildings and storage sheds on a seven-acre portion of the former Remington Arms Co. site.

After listening to a proposal from Donald Lussier, an engineer with Fuss & O'Neill in Manchester, the commission on the recommendation of Ann Pappas Phillips and Acting Chairman Mel Riley decided Monday that a public hearing would be in order before proceeding with approval.

"Something of this magnitude, let's err on the side of caution," Riley said. "Let's hear from the public."

That hearing will take place Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers on Lyon Terrace.

Lussier said his company's plans call for demolishing fire-ravaged, vacant buildings, a smokestack, two utility sheds, an above-ground storage tank and an old wooden railroad trestle. He said the trestle's wood probably is treated with creosote, which medical authorities believe is carcinogenic.

Phillips, a commissioner and land use expert, asked what kind of care would be taken in removing the wood and also expressed concern about the dust created during the smokestack's demolition.

Lussier said he would have those answers for the commission during the public hearing. He told the commission he was more concerned about the smokestack falling on the current Metro North tracks than on the wetland.

That wetland, named the lower Pembroke lake, was created for fire control on the site. The building's foundation abuts the lake.

"We will put a silt fence three feet from the building's edge to catch debris," he told the commission. He also said using explosives to take down the smokestack has been ruled out.

"Most likely we will use a mechanical excavator to pick away at the bricks," he said. "A wrecking ball would send debris everywhere."

Matthew Popp, a consultant to the commission, said he will walk the site this week and compile a report on the project.

The commission also granted approval to a 571 space parking garage at 5456 Park Avenue that will be constructed adjacent to a planned medical building in Trumbull. Plans for the Trumbull building are pending in that town.

http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Bridgepor...

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571 parking spaces is a lot. And to all, a good Night from Tippy and her fish and myself.
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Bridgeport doesn't need a another train station waste of tax dollars

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Fairfield does not need three train stations, so let Bridgeport have one more train station which will look better then the buildings that are now there.
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how much more in taxes is this going to cost me?
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Translation:(for all you non bridgeporters). We have almost reached agreement on the bribes kickbacks,rigged contracts and weekly/monthly payoffs. As soon everybody is satisfied they have a piece of the action construction will begin..There; isn't that clearer than reading the official crap they put out?

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More money that you have BPT. Get a second job.
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American Gentleman Samuel wrote:
More money that you have BPT. Get a second job.
thanks, wise guy.
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