Hopefully some of you had a chance to take a bus tour of the Woods a few weeks ago.
Since many of us did, and because several of us met after the DuPont informational meeting last week to discuss business, we have made some changes to our schedule.
Latest Plans for Development
According to Sporting Goods Properties:
We meet in January, March, May, September and November, with additional meetings when needed.
Plans are to engage a developer in the future with an eye towards implementing current plans for "Lake Success Eco-Business Park" including:
• a low density development of two 133,000 s/f office buildings in Stratford with a parking garage
• six 113,000 s/f Office buildings in Bridgeport
• six 50,000 s/f Commercial Flex buildings
• two 30,000 s/f Commercial Flex buildings
• a 100,000 s/f Hotel-Conference facility in Bridgeport.
Potential end users would be corporate office, R&D, skilled trade, assembly and hotel/conference facility.
They hope to have this completed in the next 5 years (at least the cleanup).
We will need everyone's help to stop such a destructive development in the Woods!
If you haven't already, please sign our petition, and ask your friends and family to do so as well.
So far we have 341 signatures - our new goal is 400!
We focus on local conservation efforts, transitioning to renewable energy, and other local and national environmental concerns.
Location: at the home of Allen and Carole Fanslow, 31 Bridgeview Pl. Stratford CT 06614
Hope to see you there!
The Friends of Remington Woods, a project of the Eastern Fairfield County Sierra Group
Saving one of the World’s Rarities – Remington Woods
At about half the size of New York's Central Park, Remington Woods is a 419-acre forest in the heart of one of the most densely populated urban centers in the Northeast. This unique parcel of land encompasses a 23-acre lake, hardwood forest, meadows and wetlands including vernal pools. 344 acres lie within the borders of Bridgeport and the remaining 75 acres lie within Stratford. Virtually undisturbed since colonial times, Remington Woods is a one-of-a-kind ecosystem -- a large, isolated, contiguous, natural, urban wildlife preserve where Eastern wood turtles, night heron, sparrow hawks, wood ducks, raptors, turkey vultures, amphibians, fresh-water fish, fox, raccoons, deer, and coyote make their home.
Approximately 25 acres of the property
were used as an ammunition testing and storage site during the 1930’s and 40’s,
and some environmental remediation is required, but Hammonasset State Park in
Madison, a former Defense Department artillery range with similar issues, was
remediated to residential standards and is now used by thousands of residents
each year for recreation and camping!
Can you imagine New York City without Central Park? Just as New Yorkers see that incredible space as the core of its city’s spirit, future generations will see Remington Woods as a key to Bridgeport’s soul. Remington Woods can be an important step in the rebirth of Bridgeport and an important asset for all of Fairfield County!To learn more about saving this rare urban forest and see videos, check out: