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November 2, 2010
   No Scoping Notices have been submited for review and comment in this edition.
   The following Environmental Impact Evaluation has been submitted for for review or comment. 
      1. Greater Bridgeport Transit - Facility Expansion and Improvement Project, Bridgeport
  STEP I - Notices of Intent to Transfer Property. None in this edition

   STEP II - Public comments regarding proposed transfers that were posted previously in the Environmental Monitor, and the Office of Policy and Management's (OPM's) responses to those comments. None in this edition


   STEP III - Draft recommendations of the Commissioner of Environmental Protection regarding preservation of properties proposed for transfer.  

       1. Norwich Hospital, Norwich


   STEP IV - Final recommendations of the Commissioner of Environmental Protection regarding disposition of properties proposed for transfer, along with comments and responses from Step III.  None in this edition.


   STEP V - Final determinations by the Secretary of OPM regarding the ultimate disposition of properties proposed for transfer.  None in this edition.

The next edition of the Environmental Monitor will be published on November 16, 2010.
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No Scoping Notices have been submitted for review and comment in this edition.
"Scoping" is for projects in the earliest stages of planning.  At the scoping stage, detailed information on a project's design, alternatives, and environmental impacts does not yet exist.  Sponsoring agencies are asking for comments from other agencies and from the public as to the scope of alternatives and environmental impacts that should be considered for further study.  Send your comments to the contact person listed for the project by the date indicated.

The following Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE) notice has been submitted for review and comment in this edition.

1. Notice of EIE for the Greater Bridgeport Transit – Facility Expansion and Improvement Project

Municipality where project is proposed:    Bridgeport

Address of Possible Project Location:   One Cross Street , Bridgeport CT

Project Description: An expanded and renovated maintenance and operations facility is being proposed on the site of the Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority’s (GBT) existing facility to accommodate future transit vehicle and personnel growth as well as alleviate current site circulation and parking issues. The Proposed project will also increase the size of the maintenance facility from 79,000 square feet to 110,000 square feet, to include: 4,800 square feet for a new vehicle paint booth; 14,000 square feet for new service lanes; 3,100 square feet for new vehicle maintenance bays; 8,000 square feet for reorganized parts storage and maintenance shops; 1,100 miscellaneous square footage; and 79,100 square feet for bus and paratransit vehicle storage.

Project Diagram:  Click here to view a schematic of the project area.

Comments on this EIE will be accepted until the close of business on : December 3, 2010

  • The City of Bridgeport's Town Clerk’s Office - City Hall 45 Lyon Terrace, Bridgeport, CT 06604.
  • The Burroughs & Saden Library - 25 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604.
  • The CT Dept. of Transportation - 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Room 2155, Newington, CT 06131.
  • The Greater Bridgeport Regional Planning Agency - Transportation Center, 525 Water Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604.
  • The Connecticut State Library - 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford , CT 06106

Additional information about this project including a copy of this EIE may be found on line at:

There is a public hearing scheduled for this EIE on :  

DATE:   November 18, 2010 

TIME:   7:00 pm

PLACE: Community Room, Second Floor - Bridgeport Bus Station, 710 Water Street, Bridgeport 06604)  Bridgeport Bus Station, 710 water Street, Bridgeport , Connecticut.        

NOTES:  Deaf and hearing impaired persons wishing to attend this hearing and requiring an interpreter must make arrangements by contacting the Connecticut Dept. of Transportation at (860) 594-3062 or e-mail: at least five working days prior to the hearing.  GBT Representatives will be at this location at 6:00 pm to answer any questions.

Send your comments about this EIE to:

Name: Mr. Mark Alexander - Transportation Assistant Planning Director 
Agency: State of Connecticut Department of Transportation
Address: 2800 Berlin Turnpike
Newington, CT 06131

If you have questions about the public hearing, or where you can review this EIE, or similar matters, please contact :

Name: Douglas C. Holcomb, planning and Service Development Officer
Agency: Greater Bridgeport Transit
Address: One Cross Street, Bridgeport, CT 06610
Phone: 203-366-7070 Ext 124


State Land Transfer Notices

Connecticut General Statutes Section 4b-47 provides for public notice of proposed transfers of state-owned lands out of state ownership. The notice process takes place in steps. Step I is the notice of intent to transfer, which includes an opportunity for any person to comment. If comments are received, the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) will respond, and the comments and responses will be published as Step II.

The Commissioner of Environmental Protection may choose to evaluate the property more thoroughly and recommend preservation of the property or restrictions on the transfer. Step III is publication of the Commissioner's report and draft recommendations, and includes a 30-day public comment period. Step IV is publication of the Commissioner’s responses to any public comments along with the Commissioner's final recommendations regarding the property.

Step V is publication of OPM’s final determination regarding disposition of the property. Fifteen days after this posting the transfer may proceed.

IMPORTANT:  Most proposed transfers are not required to go through all five steps.  The land may be sold or transferred 15 days after the close of the comment period of Step I if no comments are received.  If comments are received, and the DEP does not elect to conduct and publish a more thorough study of the property, the land may be sold or transferred 15 days after publication of the comments and responses under Step II.

The Office of Policy and Management maintains a list of properties that have been through this transfer process.

No Step I, or Step II Notices were submitted for review and comment in this edition.

The following Step III Notice was submitted for this edition.

1. Recommendation of the Commissioner of Environmental Protection Regarding a Proposed State Land Transfer in Norwich

Complete Address of Property : Route 12, Norwich

Commonly used name of property or other identifying information: former Norwich Hospital

Number of acres to be transferred: 13.17 acres

Click to view map of property location

Previous editions of the Environmental Monitor have included notices pertaining to this proposed transfer: 

1. Click here to view the notice of intent to transfer the property (Step I).

2. View the comments received in Step II and the Office of Policy and Management's responses: Mr. David Bingham  Mr. Robert Fromer

This notice is being published to correct an oversight that occurred when the Department of Environmental Protection recommended acquisition of the subject property.  Click to read that recommendationfor acquisition, information concerning the environmental resources considered in this recommendation and the response from the Office of Policy and Management.

Comments from the public are welcome in this process.  Comments may include information about significant natural resources or recreation resources on the property, as well as recommendations for means to preserve such resources. Comments must be received by the close of business on:  November 5, 2010

Written comments* should be sent to:

Name :

Elizabeth Brothers

Agency :

Department of Environmental Protection

Office of Land Acquisition & Management

Address :

79 Elm St.
Hartford, CT 06106-5127

E-Mail :

*E-Mail submissions are preferred. 

(Comments from state agencies must be on agency letterhead and signed by agency head.  Scanned copies are preferred.)


  • The Commissioner of Environmental Protection will respond to any comments received concerning this parcel in a Step IV Notice in a future edition of the Environmental Monitor.
  • If no comments are received concerning this parcel, the Department will consider that all public notice requirements of CGS section 4b-47 have been satisfied.
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No Step IV or V notices were submitted for review or comment in this edition.

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