Bridgeport families deserve a healthy place to live, work, play, worshipand go to school. We will work to supportredevelopment efforts for the Bridgeport Harbor Station coal fired power plant site, as well as a just transition for the coal plant's employees.
Residents of Bridgeport and the surrounding communities are mobilizing to bring about a healthy and sustainable future for Bridgeport. Any plan for replacing the plant or for redevelopment on the site must include a plan to enhance the economic vitality of the city and create jobs for local area residents. You can help make this a reality in your community! Click here to take action.
According to the City’s 2008 Master Plan of Conservation and Development], a state-mandated document adopted by the City and used to govern all planning, development and conservation activities: “Among all of Bridgeport’s neighborhoods, the South End shows the most promise for marked improvement due to its close proximity to the Downtown and its significant latent assets, including Seaside Park and the University of Bridgeport. Developers have already begun to express interest in its waterfront sites for mixed-use, market rate development. Vacant industrial buildings are being rehabilitated for adaptive reuse. To maximize the benefits of this new development interest, the South End is working to prepare a Neighborhood Revitalization Zone (NRZ) Plan that will outline the neighborhood’s vision for its future.”
Worker Protection Demands for Coal Retirement Campaigns
Here are key protections for workers and their communities that coal-retirement campaigns can demand from coal power plant employers and public officials and agencies who negotiate with them:
Negotiate a jobs agreement with unions representing affected workers.
Find jobs for affected workers who want them.
Ensure job retraining for those who need it to fill new jobs.
Provide decent pensions with healthcare for workers who are not provided other jobs and who do not opt for retraining.
Create jobs restoring the site.
Reutilize facilities to replace losses in the tax base.
Fund job-creating community economic development.
 Bridgeport has organized Neighborhood Revitalization Zones in order to expand and improve business and housing in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods or areas within neighborhoods. With technical assistance from the City and outside consultants, neighborhood residents, non-profits, and faith-based organizations meet and form stakeholder groups. These groups identify the priorities and needs of the neighborhoods and can request City Council approval to become Neighborhood Revitalization Zones (NRZs). These NRZs then become eligible to borrow state money to purchase blighted properties or offer low-interest loans to qualifying businesses for facade improvements.