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'No To O&G' Says Plant Will Bring Noise, Pollution In Bridgeport

O&G Industries current location on Seaview Avenue Photo Credit: Contributed photo
No to O&G members have shown up at several city meetings, only to have the O&G proposal deferred to a later date. Photo Credit: Contributed photo
A view of Cedar Creek in Bridgeport's West End Photo Credit: Contributed photo
A map of the proposed location and nearby landmarks Photo Credit: Contributed photo

UPDATE: On August 10 at 6 p.m., the Zoning Board of Appeals will rule on O&G’s non-compliance at its current site on Seaview Avenue.

On August 29, Planning and Zoning Commissioners are scheduled to review O&G’s request for a special permit that would allow it to move its asphalt and concrete crushing facility to Howard Avenue in the West Side.

While both meetings are scheduled to be held at City Hall, 45 Lyon Terrace, there is a possibility that the special permit request will be continued to the September 26 Planning and Zoning meeting.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A grassroots organization hopes to see Bridgeport residents out in force this month to oppose O&G Industries’ plan to move its cement and asphalt recycling operations to the banks of Cedar Creek on Howard Avenue.

The plans are scheduled to be heard by the Zoning Board of Appeals at a meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Aug. 10. A decision on the plans is likely at a 6:45 p.m. meeting on Aug. 29. Both meetings will be held at City Hall, 45 Lyon Terrace.

“They’ve made some improvements to the plans,” said Joe Provey, a South End resident and leader of No to O&G. “We still don’t feel they’re adequate.”

O&G hopes to relocate its crushing operation at 1225 Seaview Ave. in the East End to 92 Howard Ave., a site zoned for light industry. East End residents have long complained that the current operations create noise and a fine silica dust that adds greatly to air pollution in the area.

Provey said the change is a matter of “environmental justice” for residents of the West End, South End and Black Rock, which are already impacted by a trash-to-energy, an asphalt plant and other area industry.

The new site will also be visible and audible from Seaside Park, according to No to O&G.

“We think there are much better ways to use this land,” he said.

Black Rock resident Don Greenberg, who helped pass out informational postcards on the plans at a recent downtown concert, said the move makes little sense for the city. The new site would add no more jobs and the tax revenue will not change substantially, he said.

And he said he believes the operation will make the site undesirable for future neighbors.

“It’s going to kill economic development,” the former Fairfield University professor said.

To keep dust under control, O&G has agreed to install an perimeter sprinkler system to stop dust from becoming airborne, according to the application. The application seeks a variance to permit outdoor storage of materials and indoor storage with a coastal boundary.

Mayor Joe Ganim, who has not come out publicly for or against the move, has met with No to O&G, Provey said.

“I think he supports us,” he said.

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