The Remington plant just a few years ago housed a busy community of artists, creatives, and craftsmen like millworkers and a terrific wood restorer who rebuilt my baby grand. They were all unceremoniously evicted for a condo project that never happened. Now, two mysterious fires later, it is now being torn down. No plans for the massive site, near Bridgeport Hospital have been announced. Pathetic.
When I used to visit for their “open galleries,” I always marveled at the huge, muscular structures, just miles and miles of concrete and brick (not the most flammable materials). It felt great to see an abandoned factory turned to a slightly bohemian enclave. But it wasn’t a bunch of hippies. Denise Schmidt made quilts that were featured in Martha Stewart Living. Ulla Surland made dresses. There were several artists’ lofts. Many of these tenants are now in the American Fabrics building on Connecticut Avenue.
Now, surprise, the buildings are suddenly deemed useless, even dangerous. The mayor went on TV and said so.
From Channel 8: “We want these buildings down,” Finch said. “They serve absolutely no useful purpose except to put our firefighters and our neighborhood at risk. We want these buildings down. That’s why we’ve been trying to take the action in court and we urge the owner to do everything he can to get these buildings down. They don’t serve any purpose except as a hazard.”
So in an area of town that has a whole lot of nothing, more nothingness is about to arrive.