|LOCATION & SIZE OF REMINGTON WOODS
344 acres in Bridgeport and 78 acres in Stratford, Connecticut.
422 acres in total. DESCRIPTION
Remington Woods is the largest urban, privately owned, forest remaining in Fairfield County,
Connecticut. Statistics show that Fairfield County has the least forests in the state. Part of it was
formerly used as a munitions testing site, the Woods is now a beautiful living forest with trees, plants,
all kinds of wildlife, a twenty-three acre lake called Lake Success and many inland wetlands. It is
surrounded by a metal fence and is NOT open to the public.
Sporting Goods Properties, a subsidiary of DuPont Corporation. 2.7 acres have been donated to
Stratford, CT toward a road to the site. The forest was formerly owned by Remington Arms
PROBLEMS WITH THE SITE
Though much of the site is not polluted, Remington Woods is a "brownfield" which DuPont is
remediating to meet industrial standards. No major highway provides access to the site. The owners
want Remington Woods to be developed but remain concerned about third party liability.
CURRENT PROPOSED USES FOR THE SITE
- DuPont, Bridgeport and Stratford government officials and the Bridgeport Regional Business
Council have proposed a large corporate office/industrial development.
Since there are many scattered city sites which can respond to economic development, The Friends
believe that a huge centralized office proposal is not an enlightened approach.
The business/industrial development proposal requires the development of a four-lane highway from
I-95 north to the site. Federal Highway `Environmental Justice` requirements will have to be
addressed, costs will be astronomical and achievement far out. Most of the employees will be white
collars from the suburbs and their commuter traffic hours will put unconscionable stress on I-95 and
on Bridgeport`s high air pollution and health problems.
- The Friends propose that the living community of plants and animals called Remington Woods,
which provides many needed benefits to the larger urban community, be preserved and conserved in
perpetuity as a living forest, and oasis for wildlife and humans alike with walking trails, and protected
habitat. We will be able to continue to receive it`s benefits, preserving it will not add to deforestation, it
can be an aid to health and a treasure for the Fairfield county area.