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Zoning Commission | SPECIAL MEETING


Thursday June 8, 2017 | 7:00 PM
Norwalk City Hall Common Council Chambers, Third Floor 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT

Norwalk Redevelopment Agency | SPECIAL MEETING


Wednesday May 31, 2017 | 5:30 PM
Norwalk City Hall Room 231 125 East Ave Norwalk, CT

Norwalk Redevelopment Agency | Public Hearing


Wednesday May 24, 2017 | 7:00 PM
Norwalk City Hall, Room 300 125 East Ave Norwalk, CT

Norwalk Common Council


Tuesday May 23, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Norwalk City Hall, Common Council Chambers 125 East Ave Norwalk, CT

Norwalk Planning Commission


Tuesday May 16, 2017 | 7:15 PM
Norwalk City Hall, P&Z Conference Room 125 East Ave Norwalk, CT

Public Hearing | Planning Committee | Norwalk Common Council


Monday May 15, 2017 | 7:00 PM
Norwalk City Hall, Room 231 125 East Ave Norwalk, CT

Planning Committee / Zoning Committee | Zoning Commission


Thursday May 11, 2017 | 7:00 PM
Norwalk City Hall 125 East Avenue, Room 231 Norwalk, CT

Public Hearing | Planning Committee | Norwalk Common Council


Tuesday May 9, 2017 | 6:00 PM
Norwalk City Hall 125 East Ave, Council Chambers Norwalk, CT 06854

Planning Committee | Norwalk Common Council


Thursday May 4, 2017 | 7:00 PM
Norwalk City Hall 125 East Ave, Room 231 Norwalk, CT

Norwalk Redevelopment Agency


Wednesday April 26, 2017 | 5:30 PM
Norwalk City Hall 125 East Ave, Room A300 Norwalk, CT

Special Meeting

AGENDA

AMENDMENT

Norwalk Common Council


Tuesday April 25, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Norwalk City Hall 125 East Ave, Council Chambers Norwalk, CT

Planning Committee | Norwalk Common Council


Monday April 17, 2017 | 7:00 PM
Norwalk City Hall 125 East Avenue, Room 231

Special Meeting

AGENDA

PROPOSED AMENDMENT

Norwalk Redevelopment Agency


Wednesday February 15, 2017 | 5:30 PM
Norwalk City Hall, Room 300 125 East Avenue Norwalk, CT

Norwalk Redevelopment Agency


Tuesday January 17, 2017 | 5:30 PM
Norwalk City Hall 125 East Avenue, Room 231 Norwalk, CT

Plan Review Committee | Zoning Commission


Thursday January 12, 2017 | 7:00 PM
Norwalk City Hall 125 East Avenue, Community Room (1st Floor) Norwalk, CT

Zoning Commission


Wednesday November 16, 2016 | 7:00 PM
Norwalk City Hall 125 East Avenue, Council Chambers Norwalk, CT 06851

Zoning Committee | Zoning Commission


Wednesday November 9, 2016 | 7:30 PM
Norwalk City Hall 125 East Avenue, Room 231 Norwalk, CT 06851

Norwalk Redevelopment Agency


Monday November 7, 2016 | 5:30 PM
Norwalk City Hall 125 East Avenue, Room A300 Norwalk, CT 06851

Zoning Commission | Public Hearing


Wednesday October 19, 2016 | 7:00 PM
Norwalk City Hall, Council Chambers 125 East Avenue Norwalk, CT

Norwalk Planning Commission


Tuesday October 18, 2016 | 7:35 PM
Norwalk City Hall, 2nd Floor P&Z Conference Room 125 East Avenue Norwalk, CT 06851

Zoning Committee | Zoning Commission


Thursday October 13, 2016 | 7:30 PM
Norwalk City Hall, Room 231 125 East Avenue Norwalk, CT 06851

Norwalk Redevelopment Agency


Tuesday October 11, 2016 | 5:30 PM
Norwalk City Hall 125 East Avenue, Room A300 Norwalk, CT 06851

Land Use Committee | Planning Commission


Tuesday September 20, 2016 | 7:30 PM
Norwalk City Hall 125 East Avenue, P&Z Conference Room Norwalk, CT 06851

Zoning Committee | Zoning Commission


Thursday September 8, 2016 | 7:30 PM
Norwalk City Hall, Room 231 125 East Avenue Norwalk, CT 06851

Land Use Committee | Planning Commission


Tuesday August 16, 2016 | 7:30 PM
Norwalk City Hall 125 East Avenue, P&Z Conference Room Norwalk, CT

Zoning Committee | Zoning Commission


Thursday August 11, 2016 | 7:30 PM
Norwalk City Hall, Room 231 125 East Avenue Norwalk, CT 06851

Zoning Commission | SPECIAL MEETING


Wednesday June 1, 2016 | 7:00 PM
Norwalk City Hall Council Chambers 125 East Avenue Norwalk, CT

Norwalk Redevelopment Agency | SPECIAL MEETING


Thursday May 26, 2016 | 6:00 PM
Norwalk City Hall Council Chambers 125 East Avenue Norwalk, CT

Zoning Commission


Wednesday May 18, 2016 | 7:00 PM
Norwalk City Hall, Council Chambers 125 East Avenue Norwalk, CT

Norwalk Traffic Authority | SPECIAL MEETING


Wednesday May 18, 2016 | 4:00 PM
Norwalk Police Department One Monroe Street Norwalk, CT

Norwalk Redevelopment Agency


Tuesday May 10, 2016 | 5:30 PM
Norwalk City Hall Room A300 125 East Avenue Norwalk, CT 06851

I. Public Hearing – Reed Putnam Urban Renewal Plan

III. Business

A. Reed Putnam Urban Renewal Plan Area

  1. Approve modifications to Reed Putnam Urban Renewal Plan
  2. Schedule Special Meeting to take up final design review of the SoNo Collection Project

AGENDA

Zoning Commission | Public Hearing


Wednesday May 4, 2016 | 7:00 PM
Norwalk City Hall, Community Room 125 East Avenue Norwalk, CT 06851

Thank you for your continued interest in The SoNo Collection, a proposed retail-based, mixed-use development project that will have a significant, positive impact on Norwalk’s future. We want to provide you with an update on our progress and encourage you to attend a series of upcoming hearings. The SoNo Collection is closer than ever to becoming a reality for Norwalk, but we still need your help in obtaining the final City approvals required for this project.

 

Your valuable feedback and support allowed us to reach another critical point in the review and approval process as we prepare to present our plans to the Norwalk Zoning Commission. Our development team from General Growth Properties (GGP) will make a detailed presentation on the SoNo Collection, which includes 700,000+ square feet of retail space, including anchor stores Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, a boutique hotel and public realm community space. Throughout this process, we have relied on your input and observations to create a project that will work for all of Norwalk. Strong support from residents and local businesses has been crucial, every step of the way.

 

The Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing on the project for 7:00pm on Wednesday, April 27th in the Community Room at Norwalk City Hall. It is anticipated that the public hearing will not close on the first night and will be continued to May 4th, also at 7:00pm in the Community Room of Norwalk City Hall. The primary presentation by GGP will occur on April 27 and your attendance will help us demonstrate the overwhelming community support for The SoNo Collection.

 

We encourage you to attend on both dates, as this will be the best opportunity to share your thoughts regarding the project, discuss the benefits it will provide for Norwalk’s future, and encourage the commissioners to approve it.

 

We would not be at the point in the process we are today without your valuable input. We appreciate your continued support!

Zoning Commission | Public Hearing


Wednesday April 27, 2016 | 7:00 PM
Norwalk City Hall, Community Room 125 East Avenue Norwalk, CT 06851

Thank you for your continued interest in The SoNo Collection, a proposed retail-based, mixed-use development project that will have a significant, positive impact on Norwalk’s future. We want to provide you with an update on our progress and encourage you to attend a series of upcoming hearings. The SoNo Collection is closer than ever to becoming a reality for Norwalk, but we still need your help in obtaining the final City approvals required for this project.

 

Your valuable feedback and support allowed us to reach another critical point in the review and approval process as we prepare to present our plans to the Norwalk Zoning Commission. Our development team from General Growth Properties (GGP) will make a detailed presentation on the SoNo Collection, which includes 700,000+ square feet of retail space, including anchor stores Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, a boutique hotel and public realm community space. Throughout this process, we have relied on your input and observations to create a project that will work for all of Norwalk. Strong support from residents and local businesses has been crucial, every step of the way.

 

The Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing on the project for 7:00pm on Wednesday, April 27th in the Community Room at Norwalk City Hall. It is anticipated that the public hearing will not close on the first night and will be continued to May 4th, also at 7:00pm in the Community Room of Norwalk City Hall. The primary presentation by GGP will occur on April 27 and your attendance will help us demonstrate the overwhelming community support for The SoNo Collection.

 

We encourage you to attend on both dates, as this will be the best opportunity to share your thoughts regarding the project, discuss the benefits it will provide for Norwalk’s future, and encourage the commissioners to approve it.

 

We would not be at the point in the process we are today without your valuable input. We appreciate your continued support!

Zoning Commission


Wednesday April 20, 2016 | 7:00 PM
Norwalk City Hall, Common Council Chambers 125 East Avenue Norwalk, CT 06851

VI. REPORT OF PLAN REVIEW COMMITTEE, JILL JACOBSON, CHAIR

b. #2-08SPR/#2-08CAM – Norwalk Land Development (GGP) – 1 Putnam Av/West Av – District 95/7 North – ±605,000 sf mixed use development with 507,596 sq ft office, 88,094 sq ft of retail & 15,000 sf restaurant in a Design District Development Park – Request for 1 yr ext of approval time – Report & recommended action

c. #5-11SPR/#10-11CAM – Norwalk Land Development, LLC (GGP) – 63 West Av/Putnam Av – District 95/7 South – 265,283 sf mixed use development w/232 multifamily units, 16,500 sf retail, 7,200 sf office & 321 sp garage in a Design District Development Park – Request for 1 yr ext of approval time – Report & recommended action

 

AGENDA

Norwalk Planning Commission


Tuesday April 19, 2016 | 7:30 PM
Norwalk City Hall, 2nd Floor P&Z Conference Room 125 East Avenue Norwalk, CT 06851

IV.REPORT OF LAND USE COMMITTEE, Fran DiMeglio, Chair

Referrals – Report & recommendation

a) Zoning Commission referral – #4-15M/#18-15R – Norwalk Land Development, LLC (The SoNo Collection) – 1 Putnam Av/63 West Av – Proposed map change from RPDD Subarea A & B to entirely Subarea A; proposed amendments to Section 118-502 Reed-Putnam Design District to permit large scale mixed use retail shopping center developments in Subarea A and related technical amendments

AGENDA

Norwalk Historical Commission | Special Public Hearing


Monday April 18, 2016 | 7:00 PM
Norwalk City Hall, Community Room 125 East Avenue Norwalk, CT 06851

A special public hearing of the Norwalk Historical Commission to discuss a proposal to widen Crescent Street at Pine Island Cemetery.

Plan Review Committee | Zoning Commission


Thursday April 14, 2016 | 7:00 PM
Norwalk City Hall, Room 231 125 East Avenue Norwalk, CT 06851

I. REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF APPROVAL TIME

a) #2-08SPR/#2-08CAM – Norwalk Land Development (GGP) – 1 Putnam Av/West Av – District 95/7 North – ±605,000 sf mixed use development with 507,596 sf office, 88,094 sq ft of retail & 15,000 sf restaurant in a Design District Development Park – Request for 1 year extension of approval time

b) #5-11SPR/#10-11CAM – Norwalk Land Development, LLC (GGP) – 63 West Av/Putnam Av – District 95/7 South – 265,283 sf mixed use development w/232 multifamily units, 16,500 sf retail, 7,200 sf office & 321 sp garage in a Design District Development Park – Request for 1 year extension of approval time

 

AGENDA

Norwalk Redevelopment Agency


Tuesday April 12, 2016 | 5:30 PM
Norwalk City Hall, Room A300 125 East Avenue Norwalk, CT 06851

A. Reed Putnam Urban Renewal Area

  1. Authorize staff to advance GGP’s March 29, 2016 request to modify the Reed Putnam Urban Renewal Plan as a plan modification in accordance with CGS Chapter 130 Sec 8-136
  2. Approve scheduling a public hearing on the Reed Putnam Urban Renewal Plan as approved by the Common Council and the requested modification to the plan for May 10, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
  3. Approve that GGP’s March 25, 2016 request to modify the approved Conceptual Master Site Plan does not meet the definition of “substantial change” as defined in Section 7.4 of the governing LDA
  4. Approve the Cecil Group memo recommending approval of the final design plan for the North Water Street Underpass Area
  5. Approve the GGP Public Realm Plan

AGENDA

Norwalk Common Council


Tuesday April 12, 2016 | 7:30 PM
Norwalk City Hall, Common Council Chambers 125 East Avenue Norwalk, CT 06851

C. Planning Committee

  1. Approve acceptance of the Cecil Group Memo as an approval of the final design of the underpass area for the SoNo Collection project
  2. Approve GGP’s Public Realm Plan for the SoNo Collection Project

AGENDA (1 of 2)

AGENDA (2 of 2)

Planning Committee | Norwalk Common Council


Thursday April 7, 2016 | 6:30 PM
Norwalk City Hall, Room 300 125 East Avenue Norwalk, CT 06851

The next scheduled meeting of the Planning Committee of the Common Council will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 6:30 pm in Room 300 in Norwalk City Hall.

REED PUTNAM URBAN RENEWAL PLAN AREA

1. Review and advance the SoNo Collection underpass plan and the Cecil Group’s memo to the Common Council for approval

2. Review and advance the SoNo Collection Public Realm Plan to the Common Council for approval

AGENDA

Norwalk Bike/Walk Taskforce


Monday April 4, 2016 | 6:00 PM
Health Department, 2nd Floor Library 137 East Avenue, Norwalk CT 06851

Brief Update of the Final SoNo Collection Plans Submitted to Zoning

Norwalk Historical Commission


Wednesday March 23, 2016 | 7:00 PM
Norwalk Historical Society Museum 141 East Ave

  • Review Pine Island Cemetery Archaeological Testing report from Nicholas Bellantoni, State Archaeologist Emeritus
  • Review proposed expansion of Crescent Street
  • Review and consider improvements to Pine Island Cemetery

 

Action: Schedule Public Information Session to present archaeological report, Crescent Street expansion plans, and cemetery improvements to the public

AGENDA

Land Use Committee | Planning Commission


Tuesday March 15, 2016 | 7:35 PM
Norwalk City Hall Second Floor, Planning & Zoning Conference Room 125 East Avenue Norwalk, CT 06851

Zoning Commission referral – #4-15M/#18-15R – Norwalk Land Development, LLC (The SoNo Collection) – 1 Putnam Av/63 West Av – Proposed map change from RPDD Subarea A & B to entirely Subarea A; proposed amendments to Section 118-502 Reed-Putnam Design District to permit large scale mixed use retail shopping center developments in Subarea A and related technical amendments – For distribution only; action at April meeting

AGENDA

Norwalk Common Council


Tuesday March 8, 2016 | 7:30 PM
Norwalk City Hall Common Council Chambers Norwalk, CT 06851

VII. Common Council Committees

A. Public Works Committee

7. Authorize the Mayor, Harry W. Rilling, to execute an escrow agreement between the City of Norwalk and General Growth Properties, Inc. for the funding of a traffic engineering peer review of the traffic impact study for the SoNo Collection mall project on local roads. General Growth Properties will fund the escrow amount with an amount to be determined by the City necessary to complete a full and thorough review.

8. Authorize the Mayor, Harry W. Rilling, to execute a professional services agreement with Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $90,000 to provide traffic peer review services of the traffic impact study for the SoNo Collection mall project on local roads, subject to the execution and funding of an escrow account agreement by General Growth Properties, Inc. between the City of Norwalk and General Growth Properties, Inc.

AGENDA

Norwalk Redevelopment Agency


Tuesday March 8, 2016 | 5:30 PM
Norwalk City Hall 125 East Avenue, Room A330 Norwalk, CT 06851

III. Business

A. Reed Putnam Urban Renewal Area

  1. Review and approve the SoNo Collection documents as evidencing that the CMSP has met the conditions of approval. Such approval is independent of the overpass activation approval and the Public Realm approval.

AGENDA

Zoning Commission | SPECIAL MEETING


Thursday March 3, 2016 | 7:00 PM
Norwalk City Hall, Conference Room A-300, Third Floor 125 East Avenue Norwalk, CT

V. REVIEW OF PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BUILDING ZONE MAP/PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE BUILDING ZONE REGULATIONS/SPECIAL PERMIT REVIEW/CAM SITE PLAN REVIEW (2 LOTS) a. #4-15M – Norwalk Land Development, LLC (The SoNo Collection) – 1 Putnam Av/63 West Av – Proposed map change from Reed Putnam Design District (RPDD) Subarea A in part and RPDD Subarea B in part to entirely RPDD Subarea A (2 lots) b. #18-15R – Norwalk Land Development, LLC (The SoNo Collection) – Proposed amendments to Section 118-502 Reed-Putnam Design District to permit large scale mixed use retail shopping center developments in Subarea A and related technical amendments c. #21-15SP/#26-15CAM – Norwalk Land Development, LLC (The SoNo Collection) – 1 Putnam Avenue/North Water St/Crescent St – North Parcel: 8 story, 790,278 sf mixed use retail shopping center development with 506,671 sf retail, 26,470 sf restaurant/cafe and 46,998 sf public realm space and 2,380 parking spaces in a shared garage d. #22-15SP/#27-15CAM – Norwalk Land Development, LLC (The SoNo Collection) – 63 West Ave/North Water St/Pine St Extension – South Parcel: 8 story, 297,855 sf mixed use retail shopping center development with 154,026 sf retail, 8,446 sf restaurant and 28,099 sf public realm space and a 13 story, 170 room hotel (94,588 sf) with 588 parking spaces in a shared garage

AGENDA

Public Works Committee | Norwalk Common Council


Tuesday March 1, 2016 | 7:00 PM
Norwalk City Hall 2nd Floor - Room 231 125 East Avenue Norwalk, CT 06851

New Business

7. Authorize the Mayor, Harry W. Rilling, to execute an escrow agreement between the City of Norwalk and General Growth Properties, Inc. for the funding of a traffic engineering peer review of the traffic impact study for the SoNo Collection mall project on local roads. General Growth Properties will fund the escrow amount with an amount to be determined by the City necessary to complete a full and thorough review.

8. Authorize the Mayor, Harry W. Rilling, to execute a professional services agreement with Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $90,000 to provide traffic peer review services of the traffic impact study for the SoNo Collection mall project on local roads, subject to the execution and funding of an escrow account agreement by General Growth Properties, Inc. between the City of Norwalk and General Growth Properties, Inc.

AGENDA

Zoning Committee | Zoning Commission


Thursday February 11, 2016 | 7:30 PM
Norwalk City Hall, Room 231 125 East Ave. Norwalk, CT 06851

I. PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BUILDING ZONE MAP/ZONING AMENDMENT/SITE PLAN/CAM b) #4-15M/#18-15R/#21-15SP/#26-15CAM/#22-15SP/#27-15CAM – Norwalk Land Development, LLC (The SoNo Collection) – 1 Putnam Av/63 West Av – Proposed map change from RPDD Subarea A & B to entirely Subarea A; proposed amendments to change sf of retail permitted in RPDD Subarea A and related amendments and special permit/coastal site plan for 8 story, 1,004,693 sf development with 661,798 sf retail, 39,434 sf restaurant, 26,561 sf health club, 13 story, 170 room hotel and 2,968 space parking garage (2 parcels) – Preliminary review of revised plans, traffic & stormwater reports rcvd Jan 25, 2016 AGENDA

Norwalk Common Council


Tuesday February 9, 2016 | 7:30 PM
Norwalk City Call, Council Chambers 125 East Avenue Norwalk, CT

D. Planning Committee

  1. Approve that the attached documents and plans meet the conditions imposed upon GGP's Conceptual Master Site Plan in October. The Common Council will further consider the proposed project's Public Realm Plan and the Underpass Area Activation Plan at a future date, neither of these plans are subject to this approval.
AGENDA

Planning Committee | Norwalk Common Council


Thursday February 4, 2016 | 7:00 PM
Norwalk City Hall Room 231 125 East Avenue Norwalk, CT

II. Business A. Reed Putnam Urban Renewal Area

  1. Review and approve advancing to the Common Council the SoNo Collection documents and plans evidencing that the CMSP has met the conditions of approval. Such approval is independent of the overpass activation approval and the Public Realm approval. Presentations to be made by Norwalk Land Development, LLC and the Cecil Group
AGENDA

Land Use Committee | Planning Commission


Tuesday January 19, 2016 | 7:35 PM
P&Z Conference Room - 2nd Floor Norwalk City Hall 125 East Avenue Norwalk, CT

I. REFERRALS: Review & recommendation g) #4-15M/#18-15R – Norwalk Land Development, LLC (The SoNo Collection) – 1 Putnam Av/63 West Av – Proposed map change from RPDD Subareas A & B to entirely Subarea A and Proposed amendments to Section 118-502 Reed-Putnam Design District to permit large scale retail in mixed use developments in Subarea A, increase height of parking garage, reduce open space and related technical amendments – For distribution only; action at February 2016 meeting AGENDA

Zoning Committee | Zoning Commission


Thursday January 14, 2016 | 7:30 PM
Norwalk City Hall, Room 231 125 East Ave. Norwalk, CT 06851

II. PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BUILDING ZONE MAP/ZONING AMENDMENT/SITE PLAN/CAM b) #4-15M/#18-15R/#21-15SP/#26-15CAM/#22-15SP/#27-15CAM – Norwalk Land Development, LLC (The SoNo Collection) – 1 Putnam Av/63 West Av – Proposed map change from RPDD Subarea A & B to entirely Subarea A; proposed amendments to change sf of retail permitted in RPDD Subarea A and related amendments and special permit/coastal site plan for 8 story, 1,003,142 sf development with 752,046 sf retail, 31,819 sf restaurant, 26,561 sf health club, 13 story, 152 room hotel and 2,973 space parking garage (2 parcels) – Preliminary review AGENDA

The SoNo Collection will be an unparalleled shopping destination that will serve as a community gathering place and provide additional visibility and revenue to the City of Norwalk and the State of Connecticut.

The center will be a world class, state-of-the-art experience. Alongside other impressive retail options, curated dining selections, all housed inside a refreshingly modern environment, the SoNo Collection will feature the only Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom in southern Connecticut.

Centrally located off of I-95 and Route 7, the center will fill a retail void and stitch Central and South Norwalk together into a vibrant, pedestrian and bike friendly district. It will complement existing businesses, and create a larger community that is the perfect balance of history and hip.

Know The Facts and Figures

What Is The SoNo Collection? +

The SoNo Collection is a proposed mixed-use development that includes:

  • Full Line Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s stores (300,000+/- SF in total)
  • 80-100 small shop inline retailers (343,000+/- SF)
  • Large public common area (180,000+/- SF)
  • Curated selection of food and beverage uses (Up to 6% of GLA)
  • Over 87,000 square feet of Public Realm including indoor/outdoor sculpture
    garden, rooftop SoNo garden, exterior public plazas, enhanced West Avenue
    streetscape, potential museum and education space, and three interior courts

Will This Project Be Good For Norwalk? +

The SoNo Collection is positioned to enhance SoNo, the City of Norwalk, and State of Connecticut.

Project Positioning

  1. Enhance SoNo as a cultural and entertainment destination. The SoNo Collection will attract additional visitors to the City and bolster existing businesses and attractions such as the Maritime Aquarium and the waterfront to create an even stronger destination.
  2. Generate spillover spending for SoNo restaurants and retailers. With new visitors to the area, there will be a spillover of spending for nearby retailers and restaurants. GGP intends to connect with and complement the existing restaurant, entertainment and retail businesses in SoNo. The project creates a vibrant, exciting, and eclectic hub of activity, which will serve as a strong foundation for future economic growth in Norwalk.
  3. Bridge the gap between Wall Street and SoNo. The SoNo Collection will build upon the City’s revitalization efforts along West Avenue to help stitch together Wall Street and SoNo. Co-marketing and co-branding with local businesses will encourage visitors to explore the entire West Avenue Corridor from SoNo to Head of the Harbor.

Other Commitments Include:

  • $250,000 towards a career training program for local residents, developed in partnership with Norwalk Community College
  • $550,000 payment to the City of Norwalk towards a circulator trolley system. GGP has committed to work with Norwalk’s Transportation District on a circulator trolley to get people around the corridor without having to use their cars
  • Enterprise Zone agreement that will bring $2.5 million in new real estate tax revenue to the City of Norwalk over 7 years, with $5 million in revenue per year thereafter.
  • $800,000 per year in personal property tax revenue
  • $1,022,500 payment to the City of Norwalk for necessary easements
  • $5,000,000 payment to the City of Norwalk for necessary permit fees
  • 5% of the project dedicated to Public Realm space, this includes activated and programmable space for the public to enjoy
  • Limit of the project area that can be used as restaurants to 6% of the Gross Leasable Area (GLA). GGP intends to connect with and complement the existing restaurant and entertainment businesses in SoNo
  • A single phase development – the entire project will be built all at one time (30 months) versus a phased-in approach which could take 5+ years
  • Activated streetscape, landscape and pedestrian enhancements on West Ave and North Water Street
  • Upgrades to bike paths around the site and in Matthews park
  • Upgraded way finding signage surrounding the site
  • A commitment to sustainable development

What Is The Economic Impact To Norwalk? +

According to HR&A Advisors, the project is expected to generate significant revenue and job growth for the City of Norwalk and the State of Connecticut.

One-Time Economic Output: One-time construction economic output (spending) will generate an impact of $773 million in the City and $967 million in the State.

One-Time Employment: The Project will support 1,745 construction jobs in the City of Norwalk. In addition to construction jobs, supporting industries such as architecture, real estate, healthcare, and retail in the state will also benefit.

One-Time Labor Income: Construction will generate $424 million in one-time labor income, with the majority from high-wage construction jobs.

One-Time Tax Revenues: Project construction will generate over $34.3 million in one-time fiscal impact to the City and State. This includes City building permit fees, State sales and use tax for construction materials, fixtures, furniture, equipment, and State personal income tax from direct and multiplier employment.

Ongoing Tax Revenues: The Project is projected to generate approximately $26.6 million in sales and personal income tax revenues to the State each year, equivalent to $299.6 million over 15 years in net present value terms. An Enterprise Zone agreement will bring $2.5 million in new real estate tax revenue to the City of Norwalk for 7 years, with $5 million in revenue per year thereafter. It will become the third largest taxpayer in the City after the Enterprise Zone has phased out. The total tax revenue generated to the City of Norwalk by the Project over 15 years is equivalent to $45.7 million ($2017) in net present value terms.

Ongoing Economic Output: Retail and hotel operations will generate $265 million in economic output (spending) each year.

Ongoing Employment: Retail and hotel operations will support 2,485 FTE jobs, ranging from entry-level to management opportunities.

Ongoing Labor Income: Ongoing operations will generate $105 million in labor income each year in addition to benefits.

How Many Jobs Will Be Created? +

This center will be a catalyst for economic growth and job creation in Norwalk. We anticipate that the project will create thousands of jobs during the 30 month construction phase alone. We are projecting over 1,745 construction job opportunities at an average salary of $76,400. While jobs will be concentrated in the construction sector, they will also benefit a diverse range of supporting industries, including architecture, real estate, healthcare, and retail.

Once operational, we expect the center to create 2,485 permanent full time equivalent jobs, with an average salary of $42,200. Salaries range from $37,000 to over $100,000 covering a whole variety of entry level, mid-level, and management level positions.

GGP has committed $250,000 to a career training program for local residents. We are working with Norwalk Community College (NCC) to develop a curriculum that will focus on retail and customer service. The program will run for a period of 5 years, and NCC is anticipating to begin enrolling students this summer for fall 2017 classes.

Given the national scale of potential retail tenants and hotel operators, employees would have access to career ladders and career development programs that enable them to advance to supervisory and management-level corporate positions.

What About The Design? +

GGP has diligently worked to listen and respond to comments and requests concerning the design of The SoNo Collection. Over the past year, GGP has developed the project with the City’s oversight and review as well as considerable feedback from the community. GGP continues to have an open mind when receiving input regarding the design, including Planning & Zoning and Design Review comments still to come.

When Will The Center Open For Business? +

GGP officially submitted our proposed development to the City in December 2014. We hope to have all necessary city and state approvals by mid-2016. Construction will commence shortly after receiving all of our necessary permits, and the center will be built in one phase. Construction is projected to take 30 months, and the center will be fully open for business immediately following construction.

Who Will Own And Manage The Property When Completed? +

GGP will own and operate the project when complete. We are the second largest retail real estate investment trust in the United States, with a portfolio comprised predominantly of Class A regional malls and flagship urban retail properties. GGP owns approximately 25 percent of the high-quality malls in the U.S.

GGP is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol GGP.

To learn more about GGP, please visit www.ggp.com

Will GGP Incorporate Sustainability Initiatives Into The Center? +

Sustainability is an integral component of GGP’s long-term success. We recognize this in our day-to-day operations and strive to conduct business by exploring ways to:

  • Foster energy efficiency.
  • Conserve natural resources.
  • Reduce waste.

We are committed to improving efficiencies and understand the tremendous impact we have on communities. Our stewardship is vital as we strive to lead by example.

Please review our 2015 Sustainability report. The report includes GGP’s achievements in sustainability during the past year and information regarding GGP’s approach to environmental and social responsibility.

Highlights of the report include the following:

  • Awarded the 2014 Green Star and recognized as the North American leader in the Retail – Large Cap Sector by the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (“GRESB”);
  • Awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (“LEED”) certification for the 77,000 square foot lifestyle expansion at the Mall in Columbia located in Columbia, Maryland;
  • Reduced electricity consumption by approximately 16%, or 200 million kilowatts, since 2011, the equivalent of the annual energy use of nearly 19,000 homes in the U.S.;
  • Diverted approximately 33% of waste to recycling, composting or alternative energy generation; and
  • Reduced water consumption across the portfolio by approximately 3% and installed smart water irrigation systems at seven properties in Texas saving approximately 10 million gallons within the first four months after installation.

2015 Sustainability Report

What Is The Trade Area Of The Project? +

The primary trade area measures roughly 26 miles from SW to NE along the coast, and covers the towns of Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Norwalk, Westport, Fairfield, New Canaan, Wilton, Weston, and Easton.

What Will The Traffic Implications Be? +

Preventing traffic congestion is very important to us and we are actively working to ensure that the project will not negatively impact traffic conditions in Norwalk.

Our proposed Concept Master Site Plan has a similar amount of square feet as the current approved plan, and although the mix of uses is different, we believe the planned improvements are likely to accommodate the traffic demand with reasonable modifications. For instance, while it may not be required by the state or local authorities, we are studying a dedicated, below-grade entrance to the parking structure from West Avenue. This entrance would ensure that visitors to the center can turn off of West Avenue quickly and efficiently, while allowing through traffic to move smoothly.

Presently, the site has an approved permit from the State Traffic Commission for the entire development envelope of 1,144,000 square feet of development and the majority of the road improvements have been implemented.

Who Is Involved With The Project? +

GGP has put together a best in class team with depth, experience, and true passion for this type of development. Members of our team on this project include:

Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP
Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP is a Connecticut based law firm with offices in New Haven, Stamford, Waterbury and Southbury. With over seventy five (75) attorneys, it is recognized for its work in real estate development, litigation, business services and public utility law. The firm’s real estate practice group has led the land use entitlement programs for significant properties throughout the state. In Norwalk, the firm has entitled Waypointe, Pepperidge Farm, Norden Park, The Pearl, Ironworks, Swim Seventy Aquatics Center, and Point Rock, and more. In Stamford, the firm’s work includes the RBS North American headquarters, Harbor Pointe, Trump Parc, Stamford Hospital’s new campus, Metro Green and many others.

Gaffney, Bennett and Associates, Inc.
Gaffney, Bennett and Associates currently represents more than 70 clients on various legislative, regulatory and administrative matters in both Hartford, Connecticut and Washington, D.C. These clients include numerous Fortune 500 companies; utilities; telecommunications providers; health care institutions; municipalities; trade and nonprofit associations; and a large number of small- to medium-size businesses and organizations.

Gaffney Bennett Public Relations
Gaffney Bennett Public Relations (GBPR) is a full-service public relations and strategic communications firm. GBPR has had the privilege to work with a variety of clients in Connecticut, New England and across the U.S. and engagements span a wide range of industries, from utilities and real estate development to financial services and labor unions.

HR&A Advisors, Inc.
HR&A Advisors, Inc. (“HR&A”) is an industry-leading real estate, economic development and energy efficiency consulting firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. The firm has provided strategic advisory services for some of the most complex mixed-use, neighborhood, downtown, campus, and regional development projects across North America and abroad since 1976. HR&A conducts fiscal and economic impact analyses on behalf of a range of public, private, and non-profit organizations and has estimated the economic and fiscal impacts of more than $50 billion in proposed development since 2006. HR&A has studied the impact of the High Line, Times Square, and 111 Westminster (Providence, RI) amongst other major projects, policies, and places. The firm and its partners have also worked extensively throughout Connecticut, including a strategic plan for retail development in South Norwalk, an economic and fiscal impact analysis for a mixed-use development in Stamford, economic development planning for the State Department of Economic and Community Development, and studies of transit-oriented development opportunities in Stamford, New Haven, West Haven, and Bridgeport.

JAA Consulting
JAA Consulting is a construction related consulting firm that specializes in assisting, developers, contractors, owners, and engineering firms.  We work closely with the owner, architects, engineers, and other consultants to develop the overall plan for the project along with coordination of state and local officials, entitlements, recommendation of contractors and consultants, assisting in traffic assessment and overall development coordination, assisting in overall design related coordination with the design team, and assist in pre-construction services with construction manager and contractor. JAA Consulting offers dispute resolution services satisfying the client’s need for accurate analysis of disputed issues, impacts, delays, acceleration and damages. Our major objective is to analyze what was required by the contract, what actually happened and why, and to provide an opinion on the causes and effects of the disputed issues.

Langan
Langan provides an integrated mix of civil engineering and environmental consulting services in support of land development projects. Our clients include developers, property owners, public agencies, corporations, institutions, and energy companies around the world. Founded in 1970, Langan employs more than 900 professionals in its Elmwood Park, NJ headquarters and among 18 regional offices.

RTKL Associates
RTKL is a worldwide architecture, engineering, planning and creative services organization. Part of the ARCADIS global network since 2007, RTKL has over 1,000 employees in 14 offices around the globe and specializes in providing its multi-disciplinary services across the full development cycle. As leaders in the field of retail and entertainment design, RTKL has driven the evolution of retail centers from shopping malls to vibrant mixed-use environments in world-class cities around the globe. Our time-tested retail design process begins with utilizing market data to generate brand experiences and transform program goals into leasable and navigable site and plan diagrams. RTKL combines experiential concepts with practical anchoring and circulation strategies to create successful shopping centers tailored to each specific site and client. This blend of the creative and the practical distinguishes RTKL’s retail design from that of its many competitors.

Silver Creative Group
Silver Creative Group is a full-service branding, web-development and marketing agency combining creative thinking, smart design and category experience to deliver thrilling results. Based in South Norwalk and regarded as one of the leading creative agencies in the New York Metro area, Silver Creative works with top-tier clients in categories such as real estate, gourmet natural foods, nutraceuticals and technology to produce award-winning, industry-recognized creative. With a strong business presence in SoNo, Silver Creative Group strives to serve clients nationwide as well as cultivate a meaningful position in the community through work with local companies and non-profits such as the Human Services Council and Norwalk Little League, and Connecticut companies like Seligson Properties, Haynes Materials & Development, RMS Companies, Heavenly Bites, Cognate Nutritionals and Torie & Howard Hard Candy.

Who Can I Contact If I Have Questions Or Concerns? +

We appreciate any input you have regarding our proposal.

Please contact us at updates@ggpnorwalk.com

or visit the SoNo Collection Outreach Office:
119 Washington Street
Norwalk, CT
203.529.4861

You may also contact the following individuals:

Douglas Adams
Deidra Davis
Rob Jakubik
The SoNo Collection Future Location
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