Update to this May 26 post: Here’s a link to the petition. I’ve become FB friends with Nils Wiesenmüller, who makes a very compelling case. More than a mere idealist, Mr. Wisenmüller has the credentials to make a firm case to save this building.
A Facebook campaign is pointing to a news story that says the massive and unused GE plant on Boston Avenue remains headed toward demolition. That’s the will of its owner, General Electric, which is headquartered a few miles away in Fairfield.
But a group in the community eye the property as a haven for arts and artists.They are filling petitions with signatures and organizing an opposition.
Like I lot of people, I don’t want to see such a big part of Bridgeport history be swept away, but I do have that “and then what?” moment when I picture the wrecking ball halted. Also, I wonder if there is ground contimination, which I’ve always assumed is what really makes the incredible structure, which has miles and miles of sturdy floor space, obsolete.
I’m sickened by the loss of such a magnificent building, which is really 13 connected buildings on 76 acres. I’m sickened that arts at NEST, Star Pin and the Remington building, the latter appearing to be the GE plant’s little sister, are gone. I’m happy that there are better minds than mine who think they can save it.
I wish these activists at the Bridgeport Design Group all the luck in the world. If they can salvage the building while ensuring the safety of any future occupants, it will be a modern miracle.