In case you havent heard the latest, there was a meeting at the town senior center back on feb 6 with a zoning change request, for a developer who wants to saturate one of our nicest neighborhoods with 105 "mixed income housing" homes located on Strong St. (over 200 concerned residents attended)
With the most troubling problems being the impacts on an already crowded school system, safety of residents, rain drainage and runoff(pesticides,oil,etc) into Grannis lake, traffic, pollution, noise, the enviromental impact and breathing in contaminated dust from a 30ft pile of backfill from his previous jobsites (Riteaid,and Tweed airport to name a few) and then of all things Blasting the rock ledge under it, but what will it do to the value of the homes in the area?
Theres not a park, playground, a sidewalk or a safe place to ride a bike within 5 miles, nor is there a busline.
The only outlet for these kids will be Grannis Lake, but thats private. So the developer hires a expert lawyer on the 830-g statute which is used to get around zoning laws the rest of us must follow.
This developer doesnt care about helping mixed mixed income families..nor does he care about the families he will hurt financially due to home value loss,or the huge impact on East Haven as a whole.
Calculations are it will average $13,000 a kid to school them, not including special needs kids, and will put more of a strain on public works, police and fire departments. All at the expense of us, the taxpayers.
As far as affordable housing goes, the majority of houses in East Haven are valued at under $200K, and furthermore affordable.
My whole point here is with all the concerns not only from the people, but by the zoning committee, and the mayor himself. It will be a sad day for East Haven Tax payers if this ever passes.
And if it does i hope the people of East Haven hold those accountable!