In 2014, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) selected the City of Bridgeport and a multidisciplinary design team led by New Orleans-based Waggonner & Ball Architecture/Environment to prepare an integrated resilience framework for Bridgeport through the federal Rebuild by Design Competition. This was a $10 million Federal grant, which was then followed by an additional $42 million in Federal funding for another pilot project in Bridgeport's South End.
The Resilient Bridgeport team has been working on the design of the pilot project in the South End, beginning with the solicitation of a topographic survey for the project area. This survey will be critical to the design team's effort to advance the pilot project design to 30% completion. The team's engineers also are continuing to refine and use the stormwater model for the pilot project area, especially to understand flooding at the intersection of Park Avenue and the Northeast Corridor railroad. This intersection is critical for dry egress from the South End. The team's focus will focus on the pilot project during the coming months in anticipation of the next substantial amendment to the state's CDBG-DR action plan.
Additionally, the Project Team hosted a series of stakeholder meetings to collect feedback on the resilience strategy and to continue learning about existing conditions and opportunities and stakeholder needs. These meetings targeted the Black Rock Harbor area, and stakeholders including businesses in the Eco-Tech Park, representatives from leadership of the three bordering Neighborhood Revitalization Zones (West Side NRZ, Black Rock NRZ, and South End NRZ), Captain's Cove and other marinas and recreational boating groups, and significant property owners.
To learn more about this $50 million Federal grant project designed to protect Bridgeport from flooding post-Sandy, check out the Resilient Bridgeport website. While primarily focused on the South End of Bridgeport, the project has included Black Rock in the planning process.