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Old 01-24-2019, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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The state has put the building of a second train station in Bridgeport on the back burner. The station would have been built on the city's East Side at the old Remington Arms site and would serve both Metro North and Amtrak trains. At a ridiculous $300 million, I don't blame them. That is an insane amount of money for a train station that would be located in the middle of a kind of vast wasteland. It seems too ambitious and expensive for that area. Originally it was projected for the station to cost $48 million which is more in line with the cost of other new stations on the line (West Haven, Fairfield Metro Center). Not sure how its cost ballooned 600%+. Jay

https://www.ctpost.com/business/arti...s-13556222.php
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Old 01-25-2019, 05:34 AM
 
Location: New Britain, CT
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I thought the train station Bridgeport has now wasn't that old? I know the bus terminal was done some time in the past 10 years or so.
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Old 01-25-2019, 09:35 AM
 
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I thought the train station Bridgeport has now wasn't that old? I know the bus terminal was done some time in the past 10 years or so.
The downtown Bridgeport train station is older than you think. I believe it was built in 1975 so it is over 44 years old now. The new station though was not going to replace the one downtown. It was to be an additional station serving the East Side. That is why the $300 million price tag is so ridiculous. Even if it was replacing the downtown station, the price is ridiculous. Glad to see CTDOT agrees. Jay
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Old 04-05-2019, 09:09 AM
 
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Another building and the marina is about to open in Steel Point. Great news. Jay

https://www.ctpost.com/business/arti...s-13742467.php
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Old 04-13-2019, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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The amphitheater at the old Bluefish stadium is coming along. Jay

https://www.ctpost.com/local/article...h-13763483.php
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Old 04-13-2019, 10:48 PM
 
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The amphitheater at the old Bluefish stadium is coming along. Jay

https://www.ctpost.com/local/article...h-13763483.php
If it was any company other than Live Nation I'd have my doubts about this particular project. But they have a proven track record and a good eye for venues so I'm alright with it.

My bug question is how the city allows those lots across the street to not be developed to their potential. Magic Johnson had a great idea and vision, but having a tallish parking tower on one of the far corners and allow for two to three storey buildings for a CT version of Temple Square seems like a home run. Flat parking spaces are a scourge in urban areas to be honest... Johnson's plan at least would've added a little extra.
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Old 04-13-2019, 11:53 PM
 
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If it was any company other than Live Nation I'd have my doubts about this particular project. But they have a proven track record and a good eye for venues so I'm alright with it.

My bug question is how the city allows those lots across the street to not be developed to their potential. Magic Johnson had a great idea and vision, but having a tallish parking tower on one of the far corners and allow for two to three storey buildings for a CT version of Temple Square seems like a home run. Flat parking spaces are a scourge in urban areas to be honest... Johnson's plan at least would've added a little extra.
Like many developments proposed but never built, the developers just did not come up with the money to build them. They all sound nice but that does not get things funded or built. Hopefully this new venue will help change that and attract a developer that can get the job done. Jay
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Old 04-29-2019, 03:08 PM
 
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The amphitheater at the old Bluefish stadium is coming along. Jay

https://www.ctpost.com/local/article...h-13763483.php
It remains a stupid idea. However, Bluefish were dying financially.

Unless city gets street full of offices and open late restaurants around it, attendance at any venue will lag other similar venues elsewhere. Fish were dead last attendance majority of the last decade. Build the non special venue economy first, people will feel safer attending.

Hockey attendance in city is also below league average.

Too much vacant land in the area makes suburban folks feel unsafe. Activity matters. sunrise to late night.
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Old 04-29-2019, 06:57 PM
 
Location: New Britain, CT
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Plus the view of the power plant and the "WEBE 108" transmitter isn't too inviting either. I went to one lone game at the ball park. I absolutely hated it!
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Old 04-29-2019, 07:06 PM
 
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Plus the view of the power plant and the "WEBE 108" transmitter isn't too inviting either. I went to one lone game at the ball park. I absolutely hated it!
It's not an inviting area. Looks deserted. For a lengthy distance.

At the very least, the Metro North passageway should be open, all events, and lead directly to the entrance of both Webster and the amphitheater. Not just a few blocks away.

It should have an armed cop, both ways on it, during all events.
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