Neighbors suggest uses for rejected site

Neighbors suggest uses for rejected site

There are 9 comments on the Connecticut Post story from Aug 20, 2008, titled Neighbors suggest uses for rejected site. In it, Connecticut Post reports that:

It's a big lot - 10.48 acres, to be exact - surrounded by a chain-link fence. Concrete Jersey barriers dot the landscape where the most distinctive feature is a large, rock ledge.

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Steve

Piscataway, NJ

#1 Aug 21, 2008
I still say an adult super store would be fitting for the neighborhood now!

How much you want to be its going to be like these NIMBYs ... residents in one town protested the building of a Wal-Mart to the point where the plans finally fell through. Now instead of the Wal-Mart they got a noisy recycling plant:
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-3rpm.6547...
Media Critic

AOL

#2 Aug 22, 2008
Steve wrote:
I still say an adult super store would be fitting for the neighborhood now!
How much you want to be its going to be like these NIMBYs ... residents in one town protested the building of a Wal-Mart to the point where the plans finally fell through. Now instead of the Wal-Mart they got a noisy recycling plant:
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-3rpm.6547...
How much you bet Steve would be singing a different tune if he lived on Vermont Avenue? It's like the homeless - everybody supports the construction of affordable or supportive housing until it's next door to them. The reason Fairfield didn't land Whole Foods is because the developer just couldn't be satisfied with 10 vacant acres and had to blast away a cliff and trees to get more land. What he should have done is scale back the number of buildings to be built from three to two and then maybe he could have left the buffer untouched and gotten his project approved. But greed rules the day in Fairfield and Ken "Skippy" Flatto seems more than happy to see a once-charming town turn into Yonkers - as long as developers whip out their checkbook before Election Day. Like Michael Dukakis once said, "A fish rots from the head down."
JAddler

United States

#3 Aug 22, 2008
That Pond guy is a complete and utter moron. He's the one who sat on a hatch in his backyard for 290348203429834092384 years and then kept insisting his hole in the ground was part of a system of tunnels. Why do the papers even bother with this lunatic's opinion?
nancy

United States

#4 Aug 22, 2008
Uhm not all the people on vermont ave don't want to see the wholefoods. I personally would've loved to have it there. It's a heck of a lot better than having yet another tacky car dealership around. Some people are so pushy with their ideas for what should be done that you ruin it for the rest of us.

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#5 Aug 22, 2008
Perhaps your part of town is "charming". Take a trip just past the site and its eyesore after eyesore. I love the righteous indignation of people who happen to live in the same town but no where near the actual site. The only opnions I respect (even if I disagree with them) are from residents who would be directly affected. Not those with an agenda against Flatto or those who are just against big businesses.
Media Critic wrote:
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How much you bet Steve would be singing a different tune if he lived on Vermont Avenue? It's like the homeless - everybody supports the construction of affordable or supportive housing until it's next door to them. The reason Fairfield didn't land Whole Foods is because the developer just couldn't be satisfied with 10 vacant acres and had to blast away a cliff and trees to get more land. What he should have done is scale back the number of buildings to be built from three to two and then maybe he could have left the buffer untouched and gotten his project approved. But greed rules the day in Fairfield and Ken "Skippy" Flatto seems more than happy to see a once-charming town turn into Yonkers - as long as developers whip out their checkbook before Election Day. Like Michael Dukakis once said, "A fish rots from the head down."
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#13 Sep 10, 2008
VLD Fairfield CT wrote:
Perhaps your part of town is "charming". Take a trip just past the site and its eyesore after eyesore. I love the righteous indignation of people who happen to live in the same town but no where near the actual site. The only opnions I respect (even if I disagree with them) are from residents who would be directly affected. Not those with an agenda against Flatto or those who are just against big businesses.
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Then talk to people on Vermont Avenue. I think you will find a significant majority want the cliff and woods maintained, or, at the very least, a drastic scaling back of the amount of cliff and buffer that Summit Development wants to remove. Hopefully you will respect their opinions and see this project for the overdevelopment that it represents. No one is against "big business" or Whole Foods so don't set up a straw man to knock down. We are against the size of the proposed development, and that includes residents "who would be directly affected." Ken "Skippy" Flatto is beside the point, though he seems to support developments after developers donate money to his propaganda campaigns (Black Rock Realty and Summit Development are but two examples.) Tell you what...Let's build a 120,000 square foot development in your backyard and see how much you change your tune. I think you'll be bleating up a storm. Try to step into someone else's shoes and not see everything only from your perspective. And I doubt that residents on Vermont Avenue would agree that their neighborhood is "eyesore after eyesore." Having won this argument rather easily, I will now proceed to eat my dinner. Cheerio!

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#18 Oct 15, 2010
You won the argument? I grew tired of debating with a person who's agenda clouded their thinking. Sometimes when I pass the site and see all the wonderful developments, I imagine you exploding in a fit of apoplexy. Enjoy!

Since: Aug 10

Location hidden

#19 Oct 15, 2010
I agree with the neighbors. Best of luck to all of them.

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