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GGP may drop planned hotel from The SoNo Collection 03/27/2017

NORWALK — General Growth Properties could be looking to drop a hotel from The SoNo Collection.Under its approved master site plan and development agreement with the city and the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, the Chicago-based mall developer agreed to build retail space, public space and a 150-room hotel on the vacant dozen-acre site off West Avenue.Neither GGP, city or Redevelopment Agency officials were ready to say what changes might be forthcoming for the regional shopping center that has been approved but not yet built. “Discussions are ongoing and GGP continues to work closely with the city of Norwalk on The SoNo Collection,” said GGP Senior Director Douglas T. Adams. “Our goal is to begin construction soon.”Mario F. Coppola, head of the city’s law department, gave a similar response when asked about the mall. “We’re in the process of discussing some issues with GGP and I’m not in a position at this time to report as to where we’re at,” Coppola said. “We an

Wallingford rail crossing will be closed next week 03/24/2017

WALLINGFORD — The railroad crossing at the intersection of Toelles Road and Route 5 will be closed next week for track construction, officials announced Thursday.The crossing will be closed from March 28 at 7 p.m. to March 29 at 4 p.m., although the schedule is subject to change, according to a statement by the state Department of Transportation. The work is part of the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail line project, which is expected to begin expanded service in January 2018.Mohegan Sun Adding $80 Million Convention Center Mohegan Sun is taking another step to diversify its flagship casino in southeastern Connecticut, expanding its convention space by building an $80 million exposition and convention center.The 240,000-square-foot venue — scheduled to open in summer, 2018 — will help Mohegan compete for larger tech industry shows, golf shows, home shows, motor sports and hunting and fishing shows. The convention and expo center also will allow Mohegan to expand shows already

GGP owes Norwalk $1.6M as officials await SoNo Collection groundbreaking 03/23/2017

NORWALK — The SoNo Collection developer General Growth Properties owes the city nearly $1.6 million and may seek changes to its approved development agreement. GGP representatives met with city and Norwalk Redevelopment Agency officials behind closed doors at City Hall on Monday afternoon.Mayor Harry W. Rilling confirmed Wednesday the meeting concerned the roughly million-square-foot upscale regional shopping center, which received its approvals last year, but has yet to go into the ground. “We’re in discussions right now so it’s not in my place to discuss what is on the table right now,” Rilling said. But “the project is going to move forward. We’re just looking at some of the components and so forth.”GGP officials could not be reached immediately for comment on the status of The SoNo Collection. A document obtained by The Hour suggests the Chicago-based mall developer may seek modifications to the Land Disposition Agreement, a tri-party pact between itself, the city a