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Deal Pending for Stratford Army Engine Plant Site

Legislators announce progress on 78-acre brownfield in following press release.

US Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-3), Sen. Joseph Lieberman, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal have announced that the General Services Administration (GSA) has selected developer Point Stratford Renewal, LLC (PSR) to enter into a purchase and sale agreement to redevelop the site of the former .

This announcement allows PSR to acquire, remediate, and develop the 78-acre brownfield currently owned by the U.S. Army.

"This announcement is great news and is particularly gratifying after working so hard for the past 17 years to develop a new process for redeveloping the Stratford Army Engine Plant site," DeLauro said.

"After almost two decades of disagreements and false starts, redevelopment will benefit Connecticut's economy and, most importantly, the people and Town of Stratford," the congresswoman added. "I look forward to working with all parties and am optimistic and excited to see what the site will become in the future."

Lieberman said, "Since the Stratford Army Engine Plant was shut down in 1995, we have worked to turn this closure into an opportunity for the community. I am glad we may finally move forward on redeveloping this important property, and I am hopeful that the project will now proceed in a timely manner."

Blumenthal added, "Better late than never -- this step is a breakthrough for beneficial use of an historic site. I look forward to redevelopment and renaissance, offering jobs, economic growth and other benefits to Stratford and the state. Sustained hard work by local officials and our Congressional delegation -- especially Rosa DeLauro -- enabled this major step forward."

In January of this year, Representative DeLauro met with the Army and GSA, and she, Senator Lieberman, and Senator Blumenthal followed up with a on the project after nearly two decades of false starts.

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Marc Dillon, Mayor John A. Harkins' chief of staff, told the Connecticut Post that is was his understanding that the contaminated property would be developed for light industrial use.

"It's not going to be affordable housing or a 500-square-foot museum or something like that," he told the newspaper.

Click here to read the full article by Connecticut Post reporter Brittany Lyte.

Neil Sherman August 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM
How interesting that hiz honor and Harkins' out of the loop staff (including our %90,000 a year Economic Development Director) were not part of this important announcement.
RMK August 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Good for Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Senators Blumenthal and Lieberman. This is very good news and is coming at a great time for Stratford.
Kathleen Ramunni (Editor) August 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM
I think I wrote this same story 12 years ago when I was a reporter at the Post. Let's hope this time something actually happens.
RMA August 23, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Wow, I think I was 15 when this plant closed and here I am 31 and maybe something will happen with it? Working in real estate development, it seems no one in this deal, besides the Senators who come on I believe last year, was too motivated to do anything with this property. What a shame. Hopefully it will sooner than later bring the much needed jobs to the area.
Know what's going on August 23, 2012 at 03:21 PM
17 years and we're supposed to say thanks to Rosa? Where was she when the Army would not let the property be divided into sellable chunks? Where was she when we needed the army to clean up the toxic mess they left on the property. Isn't it nice of you, Rosa, to come out with this announcement just before your potential re-election -- We Stratfordites should take a good look at Rosa's record here in Stratford.
Frank Stirna August 23, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Not really interesting when you consider the sale was is being handled by the GSA because the property is owned by the US Government and PRE-Harkins our town government just couldn't pull a massive project like this together, And it's reported a certain Democrat wouldn't buy a Republican a beer because he held a Romney Sign. So following his example don't expect a master politician such as Congresswoman Delaura to recognize anyone that isn't in her camp, for example Long Beach Clean-up I'm not positive but I don't think anyone from the town government was invited to that Award ceremony at the beach for the involved either. What is interesting is they give no credit to one developer , who probably lit a fire under our representatives with his off the mark public attacks (if I remember correctly he claimed they were doing nothing to facilitate the sale) when they rightfully didn't entertain his "plan" which as far as I could tell was give him the property cheap, money to clean it up and give him 500 million dollars to develop it. It was a very entertaining presentation to say the least. Anyway, its great to have representatives that are close to the president, thanks to them all for getting together and meeting with the GSA and writing a letter. All's well that ends well.
RMK August 23, 2012 at 06:36 PM
The folklore of republican v. democrat schoolyard spats in Stratford aside, how interesting to hear Mr. Stirna allude to partisan brinksmanship from DeLauro -- especially considering how the current Congress is ranked lowest in favorability since forever, which has been mainly attributed to the petty and nasty partisanship from the GOP majority! But, considering your comment on town government being invited to the clean up event, how is it possible that the Mayor was there but few others knew about it? Isn't it the responsibility of the Mayor's office, and not a Representative in Congress, to ensure that local town officials know about the local town event? It's truly sickening to think that the usual suspects - who had little or nothing to say when the deficit was rung up under the last President by two wars (one waged on lies) and tax cuts to the wealthiest - are whining now when something DOES happen. The selectively malcontented in Stratford are the biggest problem this town faces.
RMK August 23, 2012 at 06:40 PM
"17 years and we're supposed to say thanks to Rosa?" Well, that would be a start. Seriously, the election process has DeLauro favored to win, so it's doubtful that your projecting typical GOP practices about re-election announcements has much to do with this. The bigger question is why residents still continue to crank when something good happens. What is wrong with you?
Jezebel282 August 23, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Hold on here a minute. In fact, it has NOT been sold. No checks have been written, no contracts signed. http://stratfordcharter.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/saep-sold-to-whom/
Shirley B. Backus August 24, 2012 at 03:05 AM
One of the proposed developments cited in the CT Post Newspaper was the possibility of turning the Engine Plant into a housing development. This would not help Stratford, but hurt it. It will not create jobs - just put more people in line to take them. What Stratford needs is a place for outsiders to flock to such as a tourist attraction or entertainment studio. With the Airport right across the street, small planes could fly folks in and out, helping the Airport increase its customer base. Anyone interested in developing this property should take advantage of the services available (such as the Airport). With the seaside right there, a showcase marina like Mystic Aquarium or the Maritime would seem a good attraction. A light industrial complex will make a few jobs available, but won't bring in outside money like a tourist attraction would, and won't take advantage of the Airport or the seaside.
Know what's going on August 24, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Shirley What planet do you live on? It's nowhere near Stratford of Bridgeport
Ralph MAMONE August 24, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Hopefully this project will bear fruit. Our town has so much waterfront property that is undeveloped and being wasted. The Stratford Harbor Management Commission should spearhead any project that is proposed. They have the towns best interest at heart.
Yooper August 25, 2012 at 12:31 AM
I wonder why every story about SAEP says it "was shut down" in 1995? I worked there until 1997.
Michael Capodicci August 25, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I honestly hope something happens. I own restaurant across the street and it will help the plaza out that i'm in and would bring construction jobs for a year or two. How can anyone not want to fill in that space?? I
Jezebel282 August 26, 2012 at 12:05 PM
The problem with the space is that for 65+ years it was owned by the U.S. Army and leased by several iterations of private businesses. Being owned by the Army meant it was exempt from all EPA and OSHA regulations. Pretty much whatever they wanted to dump there got exactly that; dumped there. Asbestos, lead, pcb's, heavy metals, solvents, lubricants...anything that could fit in a 55 gallon drum. Some of the studies I've read clearly state that the best possible current remediation would only bring it to an acceptable level for light industrial use. Forget about any residential or recreational use. The Army and the GSA would, of course, like to assume zero liability for this.
OpportunistWatch September 24, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Empty promises for re-election from the "lifer" politician Rosa GREENBERG. Rosa's husband Stanley GREENBERG is a lobbyist and Rosa is one of the richest women in Congress. Joe Lieberman's millions are from Israeli lobbyists who rewarded his vote for war as a CT Democrat in 2001 so he could careless about Stratford. Over 20 years of service each for these lobbyist lovers while the engine plant lay vacant for 17 of those years. Lieberman received false WMD intel from his Israeli lobbyist groups and quickly voted to enter into two wars with impoverished nations that cost us 2 trillion dollars and counting. Just imagine the billions JOE LIEBERMAN WASTED of our tax dollars because of his FAKE WMD REPORTS ON THESE WARS. Clearly, Rose GREENBERG and Joe LIEBERMAN have been in it for the profit based on their accumulated wealth during their office. It helps if you are head of the senate arms committee and your husband is a lobbyist to get millions sent your way. Blumenthal, Greenberg, and Lieberman slap every Stratford resident in the face after receiving our support from us. Sad to see so much waste while we support the ones who secretly gain millions from the waste.
RMK September 24, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Kind of curious why the emphasis on the names Greenberg and Lieberman? Please note that the focus on Democrats regarding the Bush WMD lies that took us to war falls flat when we also note that Lieberman has sided with the Republicans on all things deceptive when it comes to taking the eye off the REAL perpetrators of 9/11. Nice Limbaugh-inspired twist and contort, Opportunist, but blaming the Dems for the sins of the Republicans in CHARGE and in the WH during the worst economic and foreign affairs meltdown in recent history (and let's not forget the Party whose policies led us into the Great Depression) is a feat that even your best attempts to fabricate can't help.
OpportunistWatch September 24, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Joe LIEBERMAN voted as a democrat for WAR based on Fake Israeli intel WMD reports. PROTECTING CT DEMOCRATS who voted for two wars with impoverished nations is why we are in such an economic disaster. RMK forgets that LIEBERMAN's Democrat vote was needed for the wars to take place. Curious on the emphasis of the names? Isn't Joe a citizen of a foreign nation who fed Americans the lies of WMD's? I haven't listened to Limbaugh since he helped get BUSH elected so he can get a cut of the Haliburton deals.
Sean Haubert January 28, 2013 at 01:42 PM
I haven't seen an update about this anywhere. Does anyone know what's going on?
Frank Stirna January 28, 2013 at 02:27 PM
I expect to hear about some progress right before the 2014 elections.

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