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Bridgeport gets federal money to plan for the demolition of a decommissioned power plant


The City of Bridgeport has been awarded federal funds to help prepare for the demolition of a defunct coal power plant on the its harbor.

The city plans to knock down the power plant, which was decommissioned last year. Its landmark red-and-white smokestacks have dominated the city skyline for decades.

The hope is to create more recreational and entertainment venues on the city's waterfront.

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) said the regional planning organization — the Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments — has been awarded $300,000 in federal funds to help plan for the site's future. The agency also has $100,000 as part of the plant closure agreement between the city and the plant’s owner, PSEG.

Officials say that would be enough money for a comprehensive plan.

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