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Firms Apply to Build Parking Garage at Parcel C

Progress resumes on the plot of land in downtown Naugatuck where the Renaissance Place project will begin.

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.

Flowerpot August 14, 2011 at 02:18 AM
I don't know about this "Field of Dreams" theory - build it and they will come?? To Naugatuck??? Leave the water and the ducks. Both keep coming back so maybe it's a sign from God (oops, politically incorrect) to just leave things alone. Plant some grass and trees, throw in some nice landscaping, park benches and a hot dog stand. It would be a nice place for the "Duck Race" event instead of on the ugly DataCom parking lot. It could also be a place for ice-skating in the winter. Put up apartments for Senior Citizens on the remaining land. No revenue in that but we haven't been collecting anything on it anyway so it won't be missed. For many years the infamous Parcel C has been an eyesore. After all these years and $$$$$$$$$ and so-called planning and impressive sketches of "Renaissance" and more $$$$ we end up with a concrete eyesore?? I think there's already a few of those in town.
Lynn August 16, 2011 at 12:48 AM
Wait a minute, the last I heard 25,000 dollars of us taxpayer monies would have to be funded for this garage...
Lynn August 16, 2011 at 01:03 AM
I agree, plus I heard US taxpayers have to pay approx 20,000 in additional monies not covered by the "grant"!!!
Lynn August 16, 2011 at 01:05 AM
Flowerpot, I agree with the way the economy has been lately especially!!!
westhri August 19, 2011 at 01:23 PM
Only 25,000? Don't be surprised if they sneek in more than that. Anything to suck the money out of our pockets. But don't worry, before they decide to suck us even more dry for idiotic things like a parking garage(which, they'll probably charge residents to park there), I'm sure they'll have us vote on it....that's as long as they let know that there is a vote, and when, and where the voting is.......

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