Jul 24, 2014
09:07 AMConnecticut Today
Work Begins on New Army Training Site in Branford
Evan Lips/New Haven Register
Construction crews worked on Monday in Branford along East Main Street at the site of what will be a new army training facility.
Crews have begun moving earth off of East Main Street at the future site of the Bridgeport Army Reserve Center, as a Mississippi-based construction company secured a $13.5 million contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Army Corps spokeswoman Carol Labashosky said Wednesday the project, which includes building a 37,000-square-foot training building expected to house classes for 300 weekend reservists at the 15-acre site, is expected to be completed in January 2016.
“It should be weeks before construction workers break ground on the building itself,” she said.
Carothers Construction of Oxford, Mississippi, secured the contract.
First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove said the payloaders and backhoes that can be seen moving dirt along the side of the road are prepping the facility’s entrance.
The property itself is part of what once was Bittersweet Farm, home to thousands of chickens. In the late 1980s, the sprawling property was used as a mecca for artists and was dubbed the Branford Crafts Village at Bittersweet Farm.