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Bridgeport City Council Approves Land Deal With Sacred Heart University

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim announces a land sale agreement between the city and Sacred Heart University.
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim announces a land sale agreement between the city and Sacred Heart University. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Mayor Joe Ganim is praising the Bridgeport City Council’s approval of the sale of eight acres of land to Sacred Heart University abutting the Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course and the university campus.

The agreement brings the city $4 million and in return, Sacred Heart agrees never to alter, develop or enclose the land, consisting of steep terrain, forest, and wetlands that shall remain accessible to the public.

This agreement also allows Sacred Heart University access to fund and build a world class tennis facility on city-owned 90 Acres Park, tennis courts that Bridgeport residents will be able to use and enjoy.

“This deal is very sensible to all involved,” said Ganim. “Through this agreement, Sacred Heart gets more of a geographical footprint in Bridgeport which it needs in order to build more on its campus in Fairfield. The building that will result from this sale will also benefit the north end of Bridgeport as more students will be able to be housed on campus. The funds obtained will also benefit the taxpayers of Bridgeport while the land and the public’s access to it are also forever preserved. There are also many city residents who will get much enjoyment out of using the new state of the art tennis facility. It is a great deal that makes a lot of sense and I am grateful for our city council’s carefully considered, thoughtful action endorsing this idea.”

The land is part of 95 acres of land deeded to the city of Bridgeport by Frank Hall in 1935. The land contains a golf course that is part of Fairfield and land which is used for Frisbee golf, both of which will continue uninterrupted by the land sale.

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