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State Seeks Ideas for Waterford's Seaside

Dec 15, 2014

The team that will work to develop a new state park at the former Seaside Regional Center in Waterford will be introduced on Monday evening.

A public meeting is scheduled Monday night at the Waterford Town Hall auditorium. Representatives from the state Office of Policy and Management, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Department of Administrative Services are scheduled to attend the meeting.

Representatives from Oak Park Architects, the Connecticut firm chosen to help with the master planning, will also be on hand.

Governor Dannel Malloy has said the state wants to hear ideas and suggestions from the public about the future park, which sits along the shore of Long Island Sound. He announced its creation during the recent election campaign, causing some controversy in the town. The state had previously contracted with a private developer who was interested in converting some of the abandoned buildings on the site into a luxury resort.

Seaside was founded as a sanatorium for children with tuberculosis in the 1930s, before it became a center for people with developmental disabilities.

Additional local meetings seeking input are planned for early 2015.

This report includes information from The Associated Press.