Chamber: Everybody wins with proposed development

Editor’s Note — This letter was submitted by Trumbull Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jeff Bishop on behalf of the chamber’s Board of Directors.

The Trumbull Chamber of Commerce represents over 100 Trumbull businesses employing thousands of workers with many of the business owners and employees living in the Town of Trumbull.

We recently issued a unanimous endorsement for the proposed development at 48 Monroe Turnpike, the long vacant former United Health Care property. Senior Living Development purchased the property and is proposing a continuum of housing and related services for individuals 55+. They will adapt and reuse the existing structures and reinvent the site into a vibrant community potentially tripling the highest tax yield ever on the property. This $100,000,000 investment in Trumbull will bring much needed housing and services for our senior population which will grow dramatically as our baby-boomer population ages. The project will bring a large number of temporary construction jobs and permanent jobs to Trumbull bolstering our local economy.

Future residents and visitors will bring commerce to our small businesses in the immediate area and throughout Trumbull. In our recent testimony to the Planning and Zoning Commission, we noted this project as an economic development "slam dunk".

There have been many misconceptions and falsehoods regarding the proposed development in the form of an anonymous campaign. While we greatly support civil and robust dialogue when examining all development projects, this campaign is the type of effort that serves to erode the Town's reputation as a good place to invest and do business.

The Trumbull Chamber and many business groups and leaders are working hard to promote Connecticut and Trumbull as a great place to invest, locate and expand.

It is our hope that this project moves forward and helps to grow the Trumbull commercial Grand List to the benefit of everyone. We further hope for a civil and fair discourse on this project and any others so as to not create any further damage to the business climate and reputation of Trumbull. In this season of peace, let us all work together in a constructive way so everyone wins.
Jeff Bishop, executive director
Trumbull Chamber of Commerce