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The Governor’s Office and ConnDOT have invited us to join them at a press conference at 11am, on Monday, August 20th, on the New Harpers Ferry Road Bridge - I-84 project in Waterbury.   The press conference is to acknowledge the project being substantially complete more than a year ahead of schedule.  Monday, August 20, 201811am   (please arrive early to park) I-84 project – Waterbury New Harpers Ferry Road Bridge 08/16/2018

Meriden preparing to pave multiple roads next monthMatthew ZabierekMERIDEN — The city is preparing to pave several roads next month as part of its annual paving program.The roads scheduled for paving include: Liberty Street from Cottage Street to Gravel Street; Murdock Avenue from the Wallingford town line to Paddock Avenue; Murray Street from East Main Street to Wall Street; Wall Street from Murray Street to Gravel Street; Pomeroy Avenue from the intersection of East Main Street to Ives Avenue; and West Main Street from Sylvan Avenue to the Southington town line. Associate City Engineer Howard Weissberg said milling work started last month and will finish this week with the milling of the section of West Main Street. Paving is expected to start in early September, Weissberg said.The milling work on West Main Street will take place through Friday, the city said in a press release. Crews will be working from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Detours will be in place throughout the project, with s

New Haven condo development going before plannersMary O'LearyNEW HAVEN — There is a lot of residential development in the city, but one style that has been lacking is condominium.That will change in the relatively near future, when a plan for 30 condos in the East Rock neighborhood is discussed at the City Plan Comission meeting Wednesday.The staff has recommended that it be approved. Ocean Management is the developer, while the project was designed by architect Wayne Garrick.It first came to the city’s attention about a year ago at a community management team meeting. It got approal from the Board of Zoning Appeals last month.The redevelopment, in addition to providing more housing for the city, will clean up a large, blighted block that once was home to the Lehman Bros. engraving company, a well-known business that went bankrupt in 2008. Lehman Bros. turned out expensive engravings and wedding invitations for a century before being forced to close.The housing project is being organized as a planned unit development at 191 Foster St. The one-acre site is bound by Canner, Nicoll and Willow streets.Garrick said the owners determined that there definitely is a market for condominiums.A portion of the main factory will be revamped and two floors added to house 24 condominium units. Across from this, the developer plans to construct 6 townhouses with attached garages.The apartments will be two bedrooms, while the townhouses will have three bedrooms.A warehouse and quonset hut will be removed from the site. The developers decided to offer some three-bedroom units at the urging of the neighbors who would like to have families move there.They originally had hoped to start construction a year ago.Garrick said because condos are individually owned, they tend to be properly maintained and should be an asset to the East Rock neighborhood. 08/14/2018

Bethel police station to be completed by end of monthJulia Perkins BETHEL — Workers are putting the finishing touches on the new, two-story police station on Judd Avenue. First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker said he visited the station last week. Each time he stops by, a new office or other section is complete, he said.“You really see the progress accelerate at this point,” Knickerbocker said.About 99 percent of the exterior of the $14.4 million building is complete, while electricians, painters and cleaning crews are tackling the inside, Jon Menti, chair of the building committee, said at a recent selectmen meeting.But the station is not expected to be fully complete until Aug. 31 — later than officials had originally planned. Menti has said that the elevators were part of the hold-up. The 10-day installation was scheduled to begin last week, followed by a state inspection.Police Chief Jeff Finch said he is happy with how the building is shaping up. His own office already has fu

Stamford moves forward with Veterans Memorial Park restoration 08/13/2018

STAMFORD — Now shrouded in orange fencing, an Abraham Lincoln statue will soon be the beacon drawing residents to a new Veterans Memorial Park.The last piece of funding, $2 million approved by the state Bonding Commission, was recently forwarded to the city for the ambitious overhaul — a project driven by a grieving mother that for the last three years moved forward without all money secured.The last tranche means the entire project, as envisioned in 2015 with a graded mound and prominent placement of long-screened monuments, will be open by 2019, said Rick Redniss, president of the Veterans Park Partnership, the nonprofit shepherding the project.“Veterans Park has been neglected and talked about for many, many years,” Redniss said. “We can now do everything with the park that we want to do.”Until the money was secured, the project had been scaled back with lower-grade lighting and sound systems, for example, Redniss said. But now, the new Veterans Memorial Park will be jus