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 and Ball to prepare an integrated resilience framework for Bridgeport for the federal Rebuild by Design Competition. The resulting HUD grant award of $10,000,000, received by the State of Connecticut in 2015, will be used to develop a plan for reducing flood risk and improving resilience for the South End and Black R ock Harbor areas, and to build a pilot project in the South End that serves as a catalyst for full implementation of broader flood protection and resilience strategies.
The Resilient Bridgeport design team hosts workshops and public events in the South End and at 7 Middle Street in downtown Bridgeport. Sign up above for updates and to learn more about coastal resilience and planning efforts. Documents and resources from past events are catalogued below by event date.
The focus of the Open House was to share research and design work underway, and to outline the project process and timeline and how those relate to the other waterfront planning efforts taking place in Bridgeport today. Also discussed was how upcoming community engagement could be most meaningful to Bridgeport residents.
Bridgeport residents, regional historic preservation officials and experts, local scientists and designers, and design team members gathered in downtown Bridgeport for “Culture & Climate.” The afternoon began with lunchtime lectures by representatives of the Union of Concerned Scientists and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Participants then worked in two groups to tackle critical issues such as sea level rise projections, dry egress, different strategies for addressing chronic flooding and storm surge in the low-lying areas of Bridgeport, and selection criteria for design strategies and the pilot project. Participants then departed on foot for key sites in the South End. One group visited the University of Bridgeport, Seaside Park, Seaside Village and Marina Village. The other group made stops at the Cottage District, Freeman Houses, Park Avenue and railroad intersection, and Marina Village. At these locations, community members shared stories about the South End and from their personal histories, and even opened up their homes and gardens to tour participants.
The design team joined Marina Village residents, PT Barnum Housing residents, and other members of the public for an introduction to the Resilient Bridgeport project and process. The design team invited attendees to participate in the July 23 event at the University of Bridgeport.
Stakeholders, community members, the design team, Connecticut DOH, HUD, and Rebuild by Design representatives came together at the University of Bridgeport for a three part workshop that began with a presentation by the design team of the components of the resilience strategy and of project alternatives, breakout groups working with topographical models, pins, and string to deepen their understanding of project alternatives and design principles, and ending with workshop participants presenting their insights and ideas for project possibilities to each other.