News articles report on the third train station project and our administration's efforts to spearhead revitalization of this dilapidated foundry site. Most Fairfielders understand these goals and I appreciate the frequent positive comments citizens offer. Proactive steps are finally ensuring this long-sought vital train station gets completed soon. Recently I obtained $2.2 million in new federal funds to complete area traffic safety improvements without town cost, including safer improved exit 24 rotary approaches, intersections and street repaving. This important work will begin by spring.
In 2003 when Fairfield boards overwhelmingly approved the revised train project, the state and private landowner signed an agreement to spearhead public site work at the project. The state's crucial work creating the actual train station is evident driving along the railroad by Kings Highway East, as new platforms and an overpass onto the old Bullard site begins to render the old brownfield viable again. Town's commitment of up to $6 million bonding, to complete a 1,500-space parking lot, includes the written proviso I negotiated guaranteeing all $6 million is reimbursed to town from state parking revenues. The private plan by BlackRock Realty, owner of 27 acres, envisioned four office buildings, a hotel, ancillary small stores and a park adjacent to the station. This private development is economically stalled, but analysts believe smart growth is destined to thrive alongside mass transit.