Letter: Condos would damage area
Published 9:36 am, Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Fairfield residents in the neighborhood from Thorpe Street to Rugby Road have just concluded four sessions of the Town Plan and Zoning Commission about the proposed high density condo development for 185 Thorpe Street. Throughout this grueling process, members of the RTM have tirelessly aided us in our efforts to defeat this ill-advised massive project.
Ellen Jacobs and Carol Pontrelli from District 9 and Kathy Braun from District 8 have attended all the meetings, walked the streets gathering signatures for an important petition, testified against the application, and have provided guidance on organization for a neighborhood that is deeply fearful of a condo project that will loom over our homes, clog our streets, and disturb the very fabric of a quiet community. We are very grateful for the support of these elected officials.
We have received a fair hearing from the commission. They asked probing questions and attentively listened to hours of comments opposing all aspects of the condo proposal. The next step is a decision on the three elements of the application to build the condos. We hope that the Commission will look beyond Attorney Fallon's final preening comments to the commission when he extolled to everyone that this is the best project to be brought before planning and zoning in many years. (This from the attorney who assisted in inflicting the Metro Center mess on Fairfield and who tried to bring Walgreens to a neighborhood that successfully spurned his prolonged efforts to force Walgreens on the community.)
Attorney Fallon has positioned this condo project as the only alternative to future industrial use of the Thorpe Street site. He claims that there is significant interest in using the property for industrial purposes if the condos are not built. Somehow, he has overlooked the rusting "for sale" sign that has been hanging on the shabby gate of the property for years. Rhetoric cannot disguise the damage to our neighborhood and to the nearby downtown that 65 huge, luxury condos crammed onto this site would cause. This is the worst proposal presented to planning and zoning in many years. We fervently hope that the commissioners will not impose these condos on Fairfield.