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Danbury News-Times:
Feds fail to fund Georgetown station
By Robert Miller, Staff Writer Danbury News-Times
Published: 11:18 a.m., Friday, February 19, 2010

REDDING — The federal Department of Transportation will not give Georgetown Land Development Company — which is planning the transformation of the old Gilbert & Bennett wire factory — a $28 million grant to build the train station that is a key component of the development.

The development, as planned, would convert the factory site into a multi-million dollar mixed-use development of apartments, commercial and office space.

A train station on the Danbury-to-Norwalk Metro-North line at the development site was one of the essential elements of the transit-oriented development.

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Local housing market: More activity spurs hope

Written by Rachel Kirkpatrick
Monday, 01 February 2010

Things are “picking up” in the local housing market, according to several Realtors, and the spring season may bring the needed proof.

“Everyone talks about spring — but traditionally, for Realtors, it starts three or four weeks into January,” said Redding resident Ira Stone, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Previews. “We consider it the spring market now, and while it’s certainly not as robust as we’ve seen in some prior years, it’s definitely kicking off with much more momentum than it did last year at this time.”

Locally, the numbers show how much of a change the market has been through in just a couple of years. In 2007, 107 listings were sold in Redding. In 2008, there were 75 listings sold, and in 2009, 70.

The average list and sale prices have also dropped over the last two years. The average list price in 2007 was $889,768, with an average sale price of $843,994. In 2008, the average list price was $765,200, with an average sale price of $717,714. And in 2009, the average list price was $708,442, with an average sale price of $664,338.

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Redding resident Randi Hutton, a Realtor with Hutton Edge of William Raveis, points to the lowest price of a home sold in 2009, which was $168,900; looking back to 2007, the lowest price of a home sold was $392,000 — both were for three-bedroom homes.

“Buyers are very savvy and very cautious now and they’re also not necessarily having the largest-is-the-best mentality,” Ms. Hutton said. “Their mindset is more conscious of the costs of running a home, maintenance and taxes.”

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As some of you may have heard, the project for 2010 here in Redding is connected Mark Twain to as many towns and cities as possible. It’s been a lot of fun, to say the least. Tonight I found a new connection but this time it’s not a Connecticut town or city, it’s with Russia!

New York Journal American
June 24, 1959

Mark Twain’s novels have the stature of English language classics in the USSR, according to A. Sarakhanvan, a “scientific” worker in Moscow’s Gorky Institute of World Literature.

In an article appearing in the Redding Times, Sarakhanvan wrote:

“In the first 20 years under the Soviets, “Tom Sawyer” has had 18 editions and 3 adaptations of it were made for the stage. There is hardly a schoolboy in the USSR that has not read “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, or “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court”.

The article, entitled “Mark Twain in the Soviet Union,” is featured in a special issue of the Redding Times. Twain at one time lived in Redding and gave the town its public library.

The Soviet article was prepared by Sarukhanyan at the invitation of A. Kunznetsov, Vice-Chairman of the Soviet Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries.

I’ll now have to find this article. As soon as it is located I’ll post it.

For more on our local project, visit:
http://twainproject.blogspot.com

Mary Travers who lived for many years in Redding, Connecticut has died after battling leukemia for several years. She was 72. She is survived by her husband, Ethan Robbins and daughters, Alicia and Erika.

Redding will miss her very much, she was a wonderful person.

Read more about Mary, her career and her condition. http://new.music.yahoo.com/peter-paul-mary/news/mary-travers-of-peter-paul-and-mary-dead-at-72–61994102

Just a posting to note that I have added information on the Burglary at Stormfield to the Stormfield Project blog.

This Friday is the 101st Anniversary of the burglary:

September 18th 1908 burglary at Stormfield

The Redding Times
February 16, 1956
Vol.1, No. 9

Under the supervision of our local architect William Cram and the general contractor Theodore Kocian of Norwalk, a well known and time-honored landmark is now being broken up into three dwellings by the famous house mover, Edward Monroe.

We refer to the main building of the former Redding Ridge School, owned and once operated as a boy’s college preparatory school by Kenneth Bonner, its headmaster from 1936 until 1951, when the school was discontinued.

To those disposed to shed a tear at the passing of an old landmark, be it said that the original house is to be left standing as it was at the time General Wooster, General Putnam, Benedict Arnold and the Reverend John Beach, and many other able, notorious & pious worthies made use of Black Rock Turnpike. The property is at the intersection of Route 58 and Church Hill Road. It was for years known as the Sanford School, run by Daniel Sanford and his wife. It was Daniel Sanford who added the wing to the building which is now being moved and which is large enough to make two rather substantial dwellings.

The operations of the well known house mover, Edward Monroe are of a spectacular nature. This is nothing new to him. His moving of a Westport Church as described in Life Magazine several years ago attracted nation-wide attention. Even if it is the first time he has tri-sected a house, he is the man who can do it. The ultimate goal is to have three dwellings on sites of about three acres each on the slope running eastward on Route 58/Black Rock Turnpike.

The eastern section of the building has already been moved and renovated as Mr. Cram now looks at it with the pride one who has converted the hideous rear end of a defunct school building into a good looking house does.

Ed Monroe and his team are now busy pulling the strings to drag the next or middle section [of the school] down the hill to its destination roughly opposite Porgy’s house. Interested and cruious bystanders are in constant attendence as the work proceeds.

The next step will be to put the original house in proper shape. If plans go as intended, the original house and the one already relocated and renovated will be ready and on the market this [1956] spring.

Architect (William Cram), contractor (Theodore Kocian), house mover (Edward Monroe), and road builder (Louis Nazarro) as well as the owner are conspiring to make the property no less an asset to the Ridge in the future than it has been in the past.

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1956 Ads:

1956 Volkswagon, $1,495.00

“We also guarantee that you can drive this car 10,000 miles for $115.00 (including gas, oil, grease and repairs) If you can’t we’ll give you a check for the difference!”

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Redding Grand List 1956:

The Redding Grand List as of October 1, 1955 is $10,243,129.00, an increase of $690,030.00 over last year.

The Danbury News-Times
Friday, August 14, 1970

Bank held up in Georgetown- Getaway car found

Georgetown- Bank robbers held up the Union Trust Co. branch (Old Mill Road) here late this morning for the second time in less than two years.

Early indications were that two white male suspects made off with between $5,000 and 6,000. [Real amount taken: $3,100.00]

One suspect was described as about five feet, ten inches, wearing blue bell-bottom trousers, a white shirt, black hair, and about 25-30 years of age.

The other was described as about five feet, six inches, with a scraggely beard.

Information on the holdup, which occurred about 11:30 am, was sparce, but indications were that two white males, armed with a hand gun, made off in a 1967 two-door blue Mustang, Connecticut Registration number EB-8742, which was reportedly stolen this morning in Ridgefield.

The Mustang was recovered about noon on Old Weston Road, a secluded street about 300 yards from the bank. It was parked near a late model Jaguar which had been reported stolen last night from Georgetown Motors.

Later that same day, on Wayside Lane in Redding, the body of a 19 year old Bridgeport youth was found stuffed in the trunk of his father’s car which bandits had used as the getaway vehicle.

The same bank [Union Trust Co. branch on Old Mill Road] was held up on October 22, 1968 by two gunmen who took $40,000.

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