City Council to hear latest on harbor management plans – News – The Bulletin

NORWICH — The City Council will get an update Monday from the Harbor Management Commission on efforts to revise the city’s harbor management plan and other initiatives in the works.

Last month, the commission gave the Connecticut Port Authority a presentation of its “Waterfront Vision,” outlining key assets such as American Wharf Marina, Howard T. Brown Park, the Yantic River and falls and the Norwich Harbor Water Trail.

The commission’s priorities for this year include finding a feasible location for a new boat launching facility, replacing the public docks at Brown Park, promoting the harbor as a regional recreational fishing destination and looking at ways to redevelop underused waterfront properties in the floodway.

It also has recently been exploring whether the city should buy the site of the former Shetucket Iron and Metal Co., the harborside scrapyard that closed last year amid disputes among the family that owns it. Some members of the commission gained fresh perspective on the site after touring it on Friday.

Democratic Alderman and mayoral candidate H. Tucker Braddock, long a proponent of redeveloping the 3.6-acre site for public use, is a member of the commission, as is Alderman Gerald Martin, who will give the update when the council meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

A court-ordered auction of the Shetucket Iron and Metal site is slated for noon on July 29 at the property at 7 New Wharf Road.

Several council members have expressed reservations about the city taking ownership of the site, which is on a property that has contamination and lies inside a federally designated floodway, making development difficult. Adding to those issues are a steep and narrow access road and freight railroad tracks, which cut through the property.

Among those opposing the move are Mayor Deb Hinchey and council President Pro Tempore Peter Nystrom, also a mayoral candidate.

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