Slowly, but surely, progress is coming along at Parcel C.
The rehabilitation of the property is done, the fences are gone, and now borough officials are moving on to the next step: getting a parking garage built.
On Thursday, Mayor Robert A. Mezzo said six firms have responded to a request for qualifications to build a parking garage on the 2.2-acre plot of land in the downtown. Five of the responding businesses were selected for a tentative interview session on Aug. 25, Mezzo said in an email.
The garage, which the borough will fund through grants, public dollars and bonding, is a prerequisite for a future St. Mary's Hospital medical facility on the property. The garage will also supply parking for the nearby Water Street railroad station, officials have said.
The garage and medical facility are cited as the first major steps in getting the Renaissance Place project going, which is a massive downtown redevelopment that gained public support following a 2007 referendum.
Efforts began in 2010 after the borough contracted with Manafort Bros. to rehabilitate Parcel C. The clean-up was a requirement from the state, due to the fact that the property was once the site of a former factory.
In a blog post published July 20, the mayor said he expected the design part of the construction would begin shortly after a company is selected.
In the meantime, a body of water has formed on the property, likely left over from the snowmelt and rainfall during the late winter and spring. During morning hours a number of geese are often scene flocking to the pool.
Borough officials have joked at public meetings about the new pool in downtown Naugatuck. At a Board of Mayor and Burgess meeting on Aug. 2, Burgess Robert Neth jested that the small body of water could be a great place to go on vacation.
To read an update on the Renaissance Place project, click here to visit the mayor’s blog.