Derby Looking for New
Direction for Downtown Development
The Derby Board of Aldermen, frustrated with the lack of
progress on the development of downtown, have decided to proceed
with plans to drop its current developer and begin anew.
Statement of Board President Ken Hughes at the
City has posted the documents related to the Plan of
Redevelopment for downtown Derby illustrated on this
page. If you
click here, you can read them all for yourself.
The information is in two parts:
The visuals of the concept plan
The Redevelopment Plan – This document is the
description of the City’s desire for the
The Redevelopment Plan was referred by the
Redevelopment Agency to the Planning and
Zoning Commission pursuant to the
Connecticut General Statutes. The P&Z
Commission will conduct a meeting on Tuesday
April 26, 2005 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall to
discuss this document in their roles as the
City’s Planning Body and will offer a
written opinion to the Redevelopment Agency.
When P&Z has rendered its written opinion,
the Redevelopment Plan will again be taken
up by the Redevelopment Agency to discuss
the written opinion of the P&Z Commission.
After which the Redevelopment Plan will be
forward by the Redevelopment Agency to the
Housing Authority for its review at a public
meeting. This is also pursuant to
applicable law because of the significant
housing component of the Redevelopment Plan.
After review and comment by the Housing
Authority, the Redevelopment Plan will once
again be taken up by the Redevelopment
The Redevelopment Agency, after considering
the written opinion of the Planning and
Zoning Commission and the review and comment
of the Housing Authority, will adopt the
Redevelopment Plan with any additions,
deletions, or corrections based on the
At each step, there will be ample
opportunity for the public to give input and
comment to the Planning and Zoning
Commission, the Housing Authority and the
Redevelopment Agency pursuant to Section 101
of the City Charter.
The next step will be the Preferred Developer
Agreement (PDA). The PDA is the legal agreement
between the City and the Developer (Ceruzzi
Derby Redevelopment, LLC) and will have to
conform with the
The PDA will include the specific roles and
obligations of both the City and the
It will also include a detailed timeline for
It will contain the specific plans for the
project including, number of residential
units, types of commercial development,
parking requirements, etc.
Downtown Redevelopment Plan Unveiled
Ceruzzi Derby Redevelopment, LLC, a partnership between Ceruzzi
Holdings and Stoneridge Partners, LLC, recently presented a revised plan for
the downtown revitalization area in response to both market conditions
and public input. The spectacular concept illustrated above hold the
potential to transform the downtown and have a major impact on the
The latest proposal, prepared by Street-Works, a nationally
recognized urban design and development firm (www.street-works.com),
was modified from earlier discussions to enhance its connections to the existing downtown
and to provide improved access to the riverfront for the public. Land on
both sides of Caroline Street within the redevelopment area has been
included to allow creation of a pedestrian focused shopping and dining
street. The plan will continue to be predominantly residential in
nature, with commercial uses arrayed along the new Caroline Street. Main
Street itself will remain in its current configuration with two travel
lanes and parking on both sides.
The Developers viewed the focus on downtown beginning at the edge
of the Derby Green and flowing down
through the new downtown to the new Greenway and the Housatonic River.
The plan is conceptual in nature and is subject to further public
input and governmental approvals.
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