Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy has proposed the creation of a statewide transit agency that would oversee transit station area development and would have the authority to exercise eminent domain. The Governor’s proposed legislation to establish the Connecticut Transit Corridor Development Authority may be found here. The proposal has generated stiff opposition by municipal leaders who fear their communities will lose local land use authority in the station areas (see recent editorial here and article here). According to one recent news article (see here), state legislators quickly proposed amendments to the bill eliminate eminent domain authority, require the agency to enter into a memorandum of understanding with host communities regarding transit projects, allow municipalities to opt out of an authority project, ensure local zoning rules are followed and provide a municipality’s chief elected official with a vote on the agency’s 11-member, politically appointed board.
On March 27, 2015, the City of Mount Vernon held a groundbreaking ceremony for its latest TOD project, an 11-story, mixed use, affordable housing development being constructed by MacQuesten Development LLC and New York State Homes and Community Renewal. The Modern will include 80 affordable rental apartments and approximately 9,400 square feet of commercial space on the first two floors. It is being constructed on an underutilized former industrial lot at 130 Mt. Vernon Avenue that is one block from the Mount Vernon West Metro-North Station. For more information on the project, please see the articles here and here.