You may have read an otherwise informative article in the Middletown Press yesterday about the Army Corps of Engineers and it's continued investigation of Boardman Lane as a site for the Army Reserve Training Center, but you may have been puzzled about the identity of a mystery site mentioned by Corps spokesman, Todd Hornback.
According to the press, at a meeting on Wednesday :
... the Corps will also discuss a new site that has been suggested, Hornaback said. He would not give much insight into where that site may be.
"The city sent a recommendation for a particular site," he said. "It's a new site that we have not seen yet, a particular park that has not been used."
Of course, that site was identified, more than a week ago on this newsblog, as Cucia Park.
The Press story cites correspondence sent by Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz, Representative Rosa Delauro and Middletown Mayor Sebastian Giuliano to Governor Jodi Rell, and US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates demanding transparency about "the formal legal opinions, the U.S. Army Corps indicates that this facility must be built in Middletown."
While the town, and the city's site committee seem pleased to have discovered this new site, and the Corps seems ready to at least discuss it, questions remain if the Corps accepts the site.
Will the city be bound by its own recently adopted statute to put the parcel up for open bid because it is town property?
How will the Army compensate the town, and for what amount?
Since the cite is a park (open space), will the city be committed to applying the funds received from the Federal government to buy other open space (perhaps the site on Boardman Lane, or sites in Maromas)? Or will the city create another park?
Who is the Cucia for whom the park is named, and are there any conditions in the grant of that park land to the city which would prevent the deal?
Does the Army Reserve Training Center really have to be built in Middletown?