The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has rendered its Record of Decision regarding the future use of the 32 acre Seaside State Park. Based upon its Environmental Impact Study and the public’s comments gathered during the June 20 to August 25, 2017 review period, DEEP has decided that a Destination Park with modifications is the Preferred Alternative Plan.
This plan would entail a public-private partnership in which a private developer would develop the historic buildings into a 63 room hotel/lodge. It states that “the State of Connecticut would retain ownership of the entire site, including all buildings and grounds, while a private entity would be responsible for restoration of the historic buildings, operation and management of these buildings, and any ground maintenance associated with the buildings.”
DEEP will seek proposals from prospective developers. If none of the lodging plans are deemed economically viable, DEEP will implement either the Passive Park or Ecological Park concept. All plans will allow public access to the park and waterfront from dawn to dusk.
For more information and a detailed explanation of DEEP’s Record of Decision on Seaside State Park, please click here.
As always, if you have any comments or concerns regarding Seaside State Park, please do not hesitate to contact me at Kathleen.McCarty@housegop.ct.gov or 1-800-842-1423.