An urgent push to preserve two Castle Hill properties recently eyed for development included The Animal Center of Newtown/Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.
"From the very beginning, this property has been a place we envisioned for the [sanctuary]," said Animal Center Vice President Harmony Verna. One of the 12/14 victims was 6-year-old Catherine Violet Hubbard, who will be remembered for her love of all animals and her constant smile.
Bob Eckenrode, president of the Newtown Forest Association (NFA), said Monday, March 25, that the Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation of Bridgeport’s decision to sell 136 acres off Castle Hill Road to a Newtown man is “bittersweet” for the private, nonprofit land trust.
In a statement, the diocese said that it plans to sell its acreage at #20 and #60 Castle Hill Road to Joseph Draper, a Newtown resident who intends to maintain the existing character of the properties, which formerly were known as the Gretsch estate.
The Diocese of Bridgeport plans to sell the approximately 136-acre Castle Hill parcels in Newtown to Joseph Draper, a Newtown resident, who intends to maintain the existing character of the properties.
While I always admire The Bee editorials as thoughtful, pithy and thought provoking, and have nothing but admiration for the way in which the paper, its editor and staff have handled things in the past few terribly difficult months, I don’t agree with the sentiments expressed on March 15 in “A Case for The Board of Irony.”
Water and Sewer Authority (WSA) Chairman Richard Zang explained this week that a public hearing, started on March 21, was the first step in a long review process for a local developer’s proposal for a cluster housing complex off Castle Hill Road.
Mr Zang referred to GLT Development Corporation’s proposal to construct up to 136 cluster-style individual single-family houses at a 136-acre site at #20 and #60 Castle Hill Road.
GLT is seeking to buy the land from the Bridgeport Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation.
The Newtown Forest Association (NFA), a private, nonprofit land trust, is spearheading a fundraising drive to buy 136 acres off Castle Hill Road, near Taunton Lake, to preserve that property as open space land.
The NFA drive to buy the land is in competition with a local development firm’s proposal to purchase the land for the construction of up to 136 single-family houses in a cluster-style residential complex.
Our inclination to peel back the layers of bureaucracy to save a little money and a lot of complexity makes us loathe to suggest the need for another town agency. But as we witness the growing controversy surrounding plans to build 136 houses in a “cluster” development on 136 acres on Castle Hill, we think this proposal desperately needs to go before a Board of Irony.
I have lived in Newtown for more than 20 years. I grew up less than four miles from my current home on Pumpkin Lane. During those years I rode my bike on streets that all seemed to be named Taunton. I loved this maze of country roads and was thrilled at the opportunity to make my home here and start a family.