Bridgeport is a seaport city that lies along the Long Island Sound in Fairfield County and the largest city in Connecticut with 146,570 residents. Bridgeport is 60 miles from Manhatten and 40 miles from the Bronx, New York. Bridgeport borders the towns of Trumbull, Fairfield, and Stratford.
DEVELOPMENT IN REAL ESTATE IN BRIDGEPORT
Downtown Bridgeport is taking on a waterfront neighborhood look due to the $750 million, 2.8 million-square-foot Steelpointe Harbor development. The current plan includes 1,500 residential units, 800,000 square feet of retail, 200,000 square feet of commercial/office space, and 300,000 square feet of hotel/meeting area overlooking a 200-slip marina. Still awaiting approval by the state government are MGM’s lobbying to build a $675 million waterfront casino and shopping center at Steelpointe Harbor.
The city’s public school system has about 20,800 students. The school system employs a professional staff of more than 1,700. The city has started an extensive school renovation and construction program, with plans for new schools and modernization of existing buildings.
Bridgeport is home to two post-secondary institutions, The University of Bridgeport and Housatonic Community College.
Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority (GBTA) offers fixed-route public bus transportation and an ADA paratransit system for individuals with disabilities. GBTA provides bus transportation throughout Bridgeport, Fairfield, Stratford, and Trumbull, with Route 15 service extending to Shelton and Derby, and the Coastal Link bus operating along Route 1 from Milford to Norwalk.
Bridgeport has several venues for live theater and music events.
The Downtown Cabaret Theater hosts cabaret, children’s theater, and concerts.
The Stress Factory is a (300 seats) comedy club with national and local acts.
Klein Memorial Auditorium is (1400 seats) home to the Greater Bridgeport Symphony.
Webster Bank Arena covers sporting events.
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