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Daytime Parking Restrictions Requested For Fort Trumbull

Renaissance City Development Association looks to prepare for Village on the Thames residential development

The president of the Renaissance City Development Association has requested that the city increase enforcement of short-term parking at the Fort Trumbull peninsula as it advances a planned residential development for the site.

In a letter to Mayor Daryl Finizio, Michael Joplin says the Fort Trumbull Municipal Development Plan did not anticipate the use of daylong on-street parking. He said this has become more frequent on Fort Trumbull streets as employees of Electric Boat, the Coast Guard station, and the offices at 1 Chelsea Street park on the streets.

Joplin is requesting that parking be restricted to two hours between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Bowditch Street between the “legs” of East Street, on East Street between Walbach Street and Chelsea Street, on the east “leg” of East Street between the Riverwalk and Bowditch Street, and on Walbach Street between East Street and Smith Street. He asks that the parking spaces on these streets be clearly identified as short-term and that the time limit be strictly enforced on an hourly basis.

The RCDA is working to advance the “Village on the Thames,” a planned residential development to establish 99 residential units in 70 Greek Revival and Italianate buildings on four lots at Fort Trumbull. River Bank Construction of Westport is backing the project and expects to break ground prior to March.

Joplin said the RCDA is working with the Transportation Authority to put proper parking procedures into place for the neighborhood. He said the project includes sufficient off-street parking for the residences, so on-street parking will remain available for people visiting the Riverwalk or Fort Trumbull businesses.

“There are still several streets in the Fort Trumbull area which could be used for on-street parking on a longer basis during the workday, including Smith Street and Trumbull Street,” Joplin writes. “Until the parcel adjoining those streets is developed, we do not require limiting Smith and Trumbull Streets to short-term parking at this time.”

Joplin said the Planning and Zoning Commission’s approval for the 1 Chelsea Street office building included two-hour on-street parking along the street. He said this is currently not enforced and that most vehicles parked here throughout the day likely belong to workers at the building. He said there is sufficient off-street parking for employees there and that enforcement of the short-term parking will prevent workers from parking throughout the day on the street.

The letter was also copied to Officer Wayne Neff of the New London Police Department’s traffic section; Mark Christiansen, chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission; and John Brooks, a Fort Trumbull consultant to the RCDA. The City Council also received the letter for informational purposes on Monday, and the Transportation Committee will discuss the matter in its regular meeting today.

Frank McLaughlin, project manager with RCDA, told the council that the request would have the regulations available so they can be enforced when the neighborhood is developed.

“There’s no need for enforcement at this time,” he said.

Councilor John Maynard said he thought the matter should have been brought to the council earlier. He also said the city needs to make a greater effort to ensure that adequate parking is available for Electric Boat employees.

“I think the city needs to move forward and give them a permanent parking spot,” he said.

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Spencer October 03, 2012 at 09:48 AM
If they finally ever do get a residential going...Susette Kelo and her family should get a permanatly free apartment in it.
Emily Kendall October 03, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Why is it that everyone in New London or doing business in New London is so short sighted? Why was all this not considered and addressed with the original plan for Fort Trumbull? We have no leadership at all in tthis city. That is the problem. Jump in today and figure things out tomorrow.
Emily Kendall October 03, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Michael Joplin is a fool and has done nothing to further the cause of New London. Why is he still there? Same organization, same foolish ineptness with a different name. What a joke.
NewLondonSource October 03, 2012 at 11:29 AM
@Thomas: How shortsighted of you. While I agree that the city shouldn't just be handing out abatements like candy, we should all be thankful for EB's presence in the community. Vice Pfizer employees, EB employees are much more likely to explore the town (rather than just race out of it at the end of the day) and I know for a fact that downtown businesses have seen an uptick in patronage since EB moved in. They are good for the city, period. Now, as to the assessment issue, how could you argue against the lawsuit? Look at it from a more personal perspective. If you bought a house currently appraised at $1 Million for $500k (not entirely unreasonable in this economic climate), would you want to pay taxes on the $1M or the $500k? I know what my answer is. EB can't help that they got a steal on a beautiful piece of property, in the same way you probably wouldn't offer to pay more if you didn't have to.
Doc Halliday October 03, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Let Joblin provide a special parking area and tram service for those who he does not want parking in the area for more than short time parking. He is supposed to be doing a good commericial/residential thing for New London, then provide parking...Steal the property, limit parking, build residential building beyond the financial reach of most, and still ask WE THE PEOPLE to sacrifice more? Go home Joplin and take the planning department with you.
William MacDonald October 03, 2012 at 12:55 PM
In response to the quote below: The answer is "no" but private citizens are all paying high taxes on homes that have lost value - why not EB? Why does the city ALWAYS lose out in every deal? If (when) we lose this litigation, the taxpayers are surely going to hit the streets. "Now, as to the assessment issue, how could you argue against the lawsuit? Look at it from a more personal perspective. If you bought a house currently appraised at $1 Million for $500k (not entirely unreasonable in this economic climate), would you want to pay taxes on the $1M or the $500k? I know what my answer is"
Keep it real October 03, 2012 at 03:24 PM
When is development starting in Fort Trumbull?
KC October 03, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Parking abuse by inconsiderate professionals at some of the city's few remaining major employers is clearly violating city residents' rights to patronize large empty lots.
Spencer October 03, 2012 at 03:39 PM
KIR--Apparently sometime, in the future--hopefully before the end of the century!
Lisa Beth October 03, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Somewhere around the 12th of Never
Emily Kendall October 03, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Renaissance City Development Association will soon be announcing that they are moving to Waterford! Every thing else is moving out.
Debbie October 03, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Did the City of New London learn anything from the Pfizers 5-year tax abatement?
Lisa Beth October 03, 2012 at 05:27 PM
You should probably never start a question with "Did the City of New London learn..." cuz the answer is almost always an automatic 'no'. The City of New London never learns anything, they only thing they are capable of (no matter who's in charge) is repeating past mistakes in new and interesting way.
Lisa Beth October 03, 2012 at 05:27 PM
ooops...that's 'ways', although they probably don't know more than one way to do anything either. :)
NewLondonSource October 03, 2012 at 06:11 PM
@William: Then follow EB's lead; Don't just complain about paying higher taxes on a devalued property, petition the assessor to have your assessed valued reduced to a more realistic level.
NewLondonSource October 03, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Love it...
NewLondonSource October 03, 2012 at 06:19 PM
So what are your plans for the economy? Seems to me like we should pander to en employer that's actually hiring and bringing young, professional, well paid talent to the area...
Emily Kendall October 03, 2012 at 06:23 PM
The city has learned how to drive all the good out of the city.
lion king October 03, 2012 at 07:12 PM
did anyone ever see the condos/apartments on the corner of shaw and hamilton st. thats a smaller version of fort trouble /trumbull//////////////////////// build it and the will not come
John Martin December 11, 2012 at 11:52 AM
The hospital parking has spread out to take over the residential neighborhoods in the area. Despite the fact there are two - count 'em - two public parking lots on Crescent Street, these inconsiderate people block driveways, park nose-to-nose in front of our houses, and keep us from parking in our driveways and in front of our houses. When they block our driveways, most police will shrug and say that they will write a ticket, but they won't tow unless you are blocked in. In fact, I have had police tell me that my driveway isn't obvious enough. I've asked these people to be respectful, and they usually have something vulgar and rude to say. I also like the litter of cigarette butts, Styrofoam cups, and other debris that they so often leave in their wake.
Lisa Beth December 11, 2012 at 03:26 PM
The worst part about it is that the City will continue kowtowing and babbling at the feet of L&M while ignoring the pleas of its citizens. Did you see the 'lovely' article in "The Day" yesterday (12/10/12) on how the city is so eager to 'help' L&M and EB with their 'parking problems'? It was a real kick in the teeth to all who live in the 'Hospital Neighborhood'. Now I have that ugly parking lot off Ocean Ave that I have to stare at 24/7 from my backyard and every south facing window in my home. A few months ago I looked out on wonderfully peaceful wooded view. Now I've got a barren parking lot staring back at me. What's the old tune? "Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you got 'til it's gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot". (Big Yellow Taxi-Joni Mitchell)
Thomas Cornick December 11, 2012 at 03:51 PM
This city has no problem driving business away one $25 ticket at a time from downtown. Why not parking meter the area around L&M and recover some of the lost revenue from the ever expanding loss of taxable property that their expansions have caused? 2 hour parking around EB' s site can make up for lost revenue, contested assessments, and some of the tax abatements that serve corporate cronyism. As for Joplin, new tax abated ugly row homes should not confer any special deals. After what he did to our tax base by destroying an entire neighborhood tar and feathers would be more appropriate.

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