Friday, September 5, 2008
Cucia park for the army?
An announcement from the City, analysis and commentary to follow later:
The City of Middletown is pleased to announce that it has offered to the Army the sale of the city-owned Cucia Park as a site for the Army Training Facility. The City believes this site has enormous potential.
1. The site is located on Smith Street at the southern end of Industrial Park Road. The land was acquired in the 1960s for economic development from the MacDonnell Brick Company. The total park area is 36 acres.
2. Cucia Park is bounded by Rte 91 (east), Smith St. (north), industrial development (west) and a CL&P transmission line (south). The park is zoned industrial and the Army facility traffic will not travel through residential neighborhoods. The park has I-91 access from both the north and south. Travel to the site is by way of I-91, Exit 21, Industrial Park Road(north), I-91, Exit 20, Middle St (south). The site is located on an existing bus route.
3. Cucia Park has fallen into disrepair and limited community use because of its isolated location and overgrowth.
4. The site is located in an industrial area where water and sewer lines are adjacent to the property.
5. The CT Department of Environmental Protection Natural Diversity Database does not show any species of special concern present at or near the site. The site does have some areas of erosion due to storm water runoff from I-91. The site has two ponds and a stream that runs parallel along the west side of the property. The ponds and stream will add significantly to the aesthetic setting of the site plan.
6. The site is sloped toward the eastern end of the property. The steepest portion of the slope is near I-91.
7. The Westfield Fire Department and State of Connecticut Public Safety complex are both in close proximity to the site.
CITY - ARMY PARTNERSHIP
The Mayor and advisory panel believe Cucia Park offers enormous potential for the Army and city residents. The advisory panel continues to evaluate five (5) potential sites (Pratt and Whitney, CL&P at River Road, Manthay Property, Bysiewicz Property, Cucia Park) but believes Cucia Park is unique because of its location. The City will work expeditiously to move the process of site identification forward quickly to meet the Army's deadlines for identification of potential sites, public outreach and necessary approvals. We are excited about the working relationship between the Mayor, the advisory panel and Army. The Army appreciates the suggestions and input they've received from the Mayor's advisory panel and the community. The next public meeting is planned for 17 September 2008, at a location to be determined, which the Army will publicize in The Middletown Press and The Middletown Eye.