Demolition has begun on what was once one of the nation’s largest munitions factories, and in its place could be a second Bridgeport train station.
Thursday, Dec. 5 marked the start of the demolition of the decrepit Remington Arms, or RemGrit, site on Barnum Avenue in Bridgeport. The 57,600-square-foot manufacturing building and 8,800-square-foot boiler building at the former gun factory will be torn down to make way for new developments, which could include a new train station.
The Bridgeport mayor’s office wrote in a release Thursday that, “After a year-long study process, which involved community stakeholders and regional experts, the Barnum Station Technical and Community Advisory Committees have determined that it is feasible to construct and operate a new Barnum Station on the site of the former Remington factory in the City’s East Side.”
The second station would bring additional jobs and housing facilities to that section of the city and could help to revitalize nearby neighborhoods, according to the release.
The project is funded by a total of $2.5 million in bonds obtained in 2011 and 2013.