Construction of the long-awaited National Coast Guard Museum in New London, Connecticut could begin this summer.
Wes Pulver, the chairman of the museum association, told the New London City Council this week that they were now financially able to begin the first phase of construction.
Mayor Mike Passero said after years of promises, he was relieved it was finally happening.
“The longer the project lingered in the twilight zone it was in, the more people were skeptical about it being built,” Passero said. “But as you can see from the revival, if you will, of downtown New London, the redevelopment of the central business district, we’ll never know for sure, but a lot of that investment, a Much of this activity, COVID notwithstanding, I think is a consequence of the prospect of this museum coming to New London.
Construction is set to begin at City Pier after the city held its annual Sailfest event in early July.
Passero said much of the city’s waterfront plaza will still be open and available, despite concerns from some local businesses.
“City Pier will always be open,” he said. “The floating docks will always be open. And they’re going to preserve our use of the remaining part of the place. And of course, all the rest of the waterfront and the city center will not be affected by this construction phase. For the summer of 2022, the impacts will not be so significant.
The museum is also set to get a boost if Congress includes $50 million in the upcoming Homeland Security funding bill for the project.
The project still needs permits from the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers.