Mayor Joseph P. Ganim
For Immediate Release
November 2, 2017
Mayor Ganim, Bridgeport Fire Department Police Chief Perez Knock Down Blighted Properties to Make Way for Future Developments
BRIDGEPORT, CT – Mayor Joseph Ganim joined the Bridgeport Fire Department and Police Chief Perez this week to knock down blighted properties in Bridgeport’s East and West Ends. The demolished properties were located on Lee Ave and Newfield Ave, a building apart of the Civic Block. The future developments on the Civic Block will be a part of a $10 million project that will include a state-of-the-art library, a public park, a community based grocery store, affordable housing and retail space. Mayor Ganim and Police Chief AJ Perez have made it their goal to clean up the Civic Block as it eliminates an area known for high crime.
It was a collective effort to move this project forward. Bridgeport Fire Fighters also used this opportunity to test out new equipment on the East End demolition. New roof chainsaws were utilized known for better vertical ventilation by creating space for smoke and dangerous toxins to escape. This new machinery allows firefighters to continue search and rescue while extinguishing a fire.