I’ve learn the paperwork on the East Norwalk Improvement plan and have attended among the public conferences as effectively. I write now to precise my issues. Whereas improvement of the East Avenue space in East Norwalk is required and could be fascinating, the plan provides considerably to the density of the neighborhood with out addressing key issues, particularly:
1) Insufficient parking for the inhabitants density proposed, leading to significantly inadequate parking on already at-capacity residential streets;
2) Extra site visitors — and corresponding noise and air pollution — to a level far higher than this largely residential space can accommodate;
3) Giant load vehicles chopping by the neighborhood by the proposed reducing of the road underneath the Metro-North bridge to accommodate bigger automobiles, thereby creating site visitors, noise, air pollution, and insufficient security for pedestrians;
4) Unacceptable density of housing on the former Bank of America property and the Wells Fargo property by housing developments far in extra of surrounding single-family residential areas with out commensurate inexperienced area;
5) Vital improve in truck site visitors all through East Norwalk and Strawberry Hill areas with the proposed Norden Place plan with out the mandatory influence research on site visitors and site visitors management rendering native streets impassable at peak hours;
6) Inadequate area at Marvin College for the inflow of latest college students dwelling in residences; and
7) Extreme lack of inexperienced area and different residential facilities.
The plan is seemingly based mostly on a survey by the planning and zoning fee of all residents of East Norwalk. We’ve got lived on this neighborhood for 40 years and never as soon as has anybody contacted us for our opinion in regards to the redevelopment plan. The town can permit the Tyvek Temple to face empty and as an eyesore for years whereas decimating as soon as viable companies on Wall Street and do nothing, but invade our peaceable village already struggling each summer time with seashore site visitors with a proposal to considerably improve site visitors and density within the guise of enticing village enchancment.
Redevelopment of the manufacturing unit shops and the fast frontage alongside East Avenue is critical and fascinating however not with out thought in regards to the influence of elevated density on site visitors circulate, parking, and schooling. The present plan proposed doesn’t deal with our obtrusive density and site visitors issues.
The plans focus on at some size the elevated housing and business improvement added to the realm, however I don’t see comparable consideration paid to residential facilities, particularly inexperienced area and pedestrian security. There’s already inadequate parking on the East Norwalk practice station, a scenario that has been clear to any commuter for effectively over 30 years. How does this plan deal with the considerably elevated want for commuter parking if the proposed housing complexes are stuffed to capability?
I’m additionally involved about summer time seashore site visitors. Through the summer time, site visitors to Calf Pasture Seashore alongside Gregory Blvd is loud and extreme. In frustration, many seashore goers reduce by on Pine Hill Avenue, typically driving with extreme velocity. Residents of Pine Hill fought for and at last succeeded in getting velocity bumps on this avenue, however solely after a number of critical auto accidents. Security has improved as a consequence; noise stage has not. You may see this primary hand by driving alongside Pine Hill any day in July. Attempt to navigate this avenue on July 4; the site visitors doesn’t filter till midnight on a avenue that’s 100 % residential.
Whereas I’m in favor of considered improvement of East Norwalk, particularly alongside East Avenue from the Metro-North East Norwalk practice station to I-95, I don’t imagine town has devoted sufficient consideration to securing enter from the residents of East Norwalk in regards to the particulars of the plan, particularly what residents would take into account as an applicable stage of density and about fascinating facilities that may improve our property values. I’ve little question that the plan enhances the value of business property homeowners, and one assumes the tax base of town, however I imagine the present plan significantly undermines the value of residential property in East Norwalk.
We might have an important plan for this stunning space the place I’ve loved dwelling for 40 years, however for my part, this plan doesn’t come near fulfilling its potential.
Maribeth Payne is a resident of Norwalk.