Senior housing plan remains just a plan

There are 4 comments on the Amity Observer story from Jul 19, 2008, titled Senior housing plan remains just a plan. In it, Amity Observer reports that:

' The first selectman dismissed as "premature" any talk of widespread opposition to a proposed affordable housing development on a corner of town-owned land at the former airfield.

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Gorski

Farmington, CT

#1 Jul 20, 2008
Horrible Plan Horrible Location this is a small horse town why would we allow a corrupt selectman to line her pockets with big buiness developers cash and campaign contributions while ruining the towns Culture. Get Gorski out before she ruins the town!
Wiley

Bridgeport, CT

#2 Jul 23, 2008
Unfortunately I have been on the developer’s side and my job is usually to sell a development or new facility to municipalities. So when I read about the land deal the current selectperson is making to place Low Income Elderly Housing on the Air Port property I believe it is real and well under way. No matter how much the current Chief Executive Officer wants to down place her plans this deal is realty. Look at the facts. She has chosen a developer without having other firms present other options or other firms being able to profit for town property. This developer has spent money to create a plan and prospective base on a piece of property someone in the town has suggest or offered to be used. Developers doing just choose town public property and start spending money to build a housing area without some idea it will become real. Therefore someone in the town has offered this property to the developer. I can only assume that Tom Cavaliere with the Economic Development Commission is supporting this effort. To wait for Planning and Zoning to voice any type of objective is too late. If the administration wants this project, small town politics and timing will enable the project to proceed.

Low Income housing is a real social problem in every community in Connecticut and no one wants it in their back yard. I am sure this development to replace the horse rings and playing field would be attractive and in good taste. These are the only positives I can find concerning this project.

I would hope Arthur Slicer with the local Airport Advisory Commission, Arnold M. Novenstein as the Horse Commissioner and Ruth Beardsley with the Parks and Recreation Commissions have made the selectperson aware the negatives of this project. I of course am assuming they have been made to accept this deal and have been asked to full support the administration’s plan. I would hope the administration would consider the overall good for present Bethany residence.

The lost this project would have on the town would be great. Creating an urban environment within the focal point of our town would destroy the rural landscape we love and have grown to take for granted.

The lost of the Equestrian Rings and facilities is just another way this administration has lost touch with its constants. Bethany’s Horse community should not let this happen. Bethany has always been a haven for the horse and its owner’s. Loss of this facility would be a crime.

The airport property is used by the youth in our community we should look at CoFransico Fields and another option. This field is only used for baseball and softball seasons. The airport is used for soccer, football and lacrosse. The airport is also used for special events, car shows, horse shows, carnivals, and various other important and positive events. Utilizing other fields without the airport fields will over extend the other sports field and cause them to become worn and substandard.

Depending on the deal the town has entered into the property sounds like it would be leased. If that is a fact this project would not increase the tax roles. This project would however decrease the property values within town. This project would also increase the burden of additional services. Added cost of Police, Fire and emergency services. Increasing the need for additional or increase taxes will follow. If Bethany is planning on creating a housing authority in town the expense sky rockets from here and the town tax payer will need to pay.

confused

United States

#3 Jul 28, 2008
hope this gets straightened out.
outraged

Waterbury, CT

#4 Apr 10, 2009
What about a public hearing? I'm presently building a single family house in the woods and it took me almost a year to get inlands/wetlands and zoning approval. We had 2 public hearings for a house that nobody but its inhabitants would ever see. Now a low income development is in the works with no input from its residents. This is totally ridiculous and an outrage. Gorski should be ashamed of herself for sneaking this through. I guess she doesn't want to get re-elected.

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