THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE

FINALLY FORT TRUMBULL DEVELOPMENT

After years of false starts and near misses, the city of New London is ready to break ground on the first major project at Fort Trumbull. A development agreement has been signed for Shipway 221, a 30-million dollar project consisting of about 200 market-rate condominiums. New London Mayor Mike Passero says it’s a milestone and will be the “spark to turn Fort Trumbull around. ” The city has also signed a construction agreement for a 90-unit apartment complex at the site known as Parcel J at the corner of Bank and Howard Streets. Passero says the housing projects will target empty-nesters and millennials working at Electric Boat. Construction on the Shipway 221 project is expected to begin in the spring.

TAX IDEA RESURFACES

The Connecticut Tourism Council is asking the state to restore hotel occupancy tax funding, a move that would increase the tourism budget to $22 million. Tourism spending rose to $15 million when Gov. Malloy took office but is now down to $6.4 million. The coalition is asking the state to return to the promise made in 2010 to put funds from an occupancy tax increase into tourism. The state tourism coalition says advertising tourism will bring in people from out of the state to enjoy what Connecticut has to offer instead of just driving through on their way to Rhode Island or Massachusetts.

NORWICH POPULATION TO RISE

From 2015 to 2040, Norwich is projected to see the state’s seventh-highest percent increase in population. City officials credit a combination of economic and citywide development. But the outlook isn’t as rosy for other southeastern Connecticut towns. The new projections show that multiple towns are approaching a demographic shift due to an aging population, a near net zero overall migration rate, and a relatively low, but stable birth rate. New London and Lyme also are looking at population growth.

SCHOOL CLOSED BEFORE IT’S OPENED

Students at North Stonington Elementary School will enjoy an extended summer vacation after air testing for hazardous materials led to three rooms in the building being closed, leaving administrators little time to reorganize the facility. The testing was the latest development in an effort by the district to monitor the schools for the presence of PCBs. In 1979, the EPA banned the materials from new construction, as the agency considers the chemicals probable carcinogens and set exposure guidelines for their consumption and inhalation. The school will remain closed until Tuesday, Sept. 5th.

LOCAL FOODS IN EL SCHOOLS

The town of East Lyme is start­ing a self-op­er­ated food ser­vice pro­gram for its schools this year rather than con­tract with an out­side com­pany. Chris Ur­ban, the dis­trict’s food ser­vice di­rec­tor, said the food pro­gram will fo­cus on “qual­ity, not quan­tity” and will use fresh pro­duce from lo­cal grow­ers as much as pos­si­ble. Ur­ban said the dis­trictwide pro­gram will of­fer the same food choices at all of the town’s schools and fo­cus on cus­tomer ser­vice. He said the pro­gram also will work with stu­dents to help build the menus and learn about what foods they like.

ARTHUR DIES

Glenn Arthur Jr. (The Bulletin)

Long­time Gales Ferry res­i­dent Glenn Arthur Jr. has died. His ca­reer of civil ser­vice in­cluded ten years in the Con­necti­cut Gen­eral Assem­bly and time on the Led­yard Board of Ed­u­ca­tion and the Led­yard youth base­ball league. Arthur was hon­ored for his 22 year Naval mil­i­tary ser­vice in 2015 when he was in­ducted into the Con­necti­cut Veter­ans Hall of Fame. Glen Arthur Jr. was 85.

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