Once More, With Feeling

The November 21, 2008, issue of The Day, the New London, Connecticut,¬†newspaper, reports that the New London Development Corporation (NLDC), the folks in charge of the Fort Trumbull redevelopment project that gave us the wretched Kelo case, is seeking developers willing to take another shot at it. The former redeveloper, was unable to obtain financing for the project, and is apparently out of the picture. The original project area has been razed and is largely vacant at the moment. Given the country’s unfortunate and worsening economic condition, accomplishment of NLDC’s goal will take some doing, but as they say, developers are an¬†optimistic lot.

The deadline for responses to NLDC’s Request for Qualifications is January 5, 2009. According to The Day story, what NLDC has in mind is “plans for a hotel and conference center, office and/or research facilities and residential and mixed use.”

Rots of Ruck, guys.

2 thoughts on “Once More, With Feeling

  1. Fred Paxton

    Have appreciated your postings on this issue but think this one puts too much of the onus on New London. The New London Municipal Development Plan was hatched in Hartford and driven by the Rowland administration’s vision of remaking post-industrial waterfront neighborhoods in the capital, New Haven, Bridgeport and New London. As Claire Gaudiani once said to me, “The State is a blunt instrument,” and most of the locals feared to get in its way.

  2. gideon

    This is an interesting comment. I was not aware of the extent of the State’s role in the Fort Trumbull mess. But the answer is: so what? Whoever done it, it was done badly. So whether the city was the prime actor, or whether in the end it can enter the plea of “The devil made me do it,” does not make what happened in New Loindon any less blameworthy.

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