We are hugely concerned about the most recent proposal announced on April 21st to build office buildings and a hotel on this property. Remington Woods should be off-limits for development and instead should be preserved as a park or open space for the people of Stratford, Bridgeport and surrounding towns. There are plenty of true brown fields in the area that should instead be cleaned up and used for office space and hotels, not a precious and rare urban open space such as this one. It would be as if the leaders of New York City proposed developing Central Park as a way to generate "taxes and jobs". Not a good idea in either location.
If you've never been inside the property, a short video tour can be seen below.
Background: Bridgeport is gearing up for reconstruction and extension of Seaview Avenue that would lead into the Remington Woods site. $10 million in federal funds must be matched by a 20 percent match from city coffers.
What to do: The state Department of Transportation is accepting written comments from the public about the proposed Seaview Avenue project until the close of business May 7. Write to say you OPPOSE the Seaview Avenue project. Send comments to Mark W. Alexander, of the DOT's Bureau of Policy and Planning, by mail at 2800 Berlin Turnpike in Newington, or by fax to 860-594-3028, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 2: Stay tuned! But meanwhile, take Step 1!
Our website is Friends of Remington Woods
CT Post article on recent proposal
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!
For a more complete look at Remington Woods, click on the picture below
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: