• High Density Housing – The Fight Of Our Life

    To the Editor:

    The fight of our life is on, and it is against high density housing – not just in our town, but everywhere! As a homeowner in Sandy Hook, it was my decision to locate here due to the bucolic and picturesque nature of the town. Well that is about to change, according to what’s going on now. We as a community must take note that this won’t be the first, or the last, of these large tract developments that create blight and traffic woes for everyone who live here.

  • Is Newtown’s Housing Just For Richer Folks?

    To the Editor:

    Reader comments in The Bee have made it clear that some Newtown residents not only consider future three-story condominium intrusions in their idyllic, bucolic lives, but also that affordable housing would be even worse than simple intrusions.

  • The Community Has Spoken On Housing At FFH

    To the Editor:

    The community forums on residential housing at Fairfield Hills made it very clear that Newtown does not want apartments on the campus. The Fairfield Hills Authority has acknowledged the lack of support for residential units on the campus. The Fairfield Hills Master Plan Review Commission  reported that this is not favored by the community at this time.

  • Newtown Ill-Suited As A Home For The ‘New Urbanism’

    To the Editor:

    Mixed-use development at Fairfield Hills does not serve the interest of Newtown’s residents. Called the “new urbanism,” these projects attempt to reduce suburban sprawl and traffic gridlock by pairing commercial space with residential apartments to create a pedestrian-enabled lifestyle. They are strategically built next to retail centers with transit options. Sounds great — give up your car to shop and work where you live.

  • From Eyesores To Eye Candy

    To the Editor:

    I am frankly puzzled by some of the [letters to the editor] in opposition to a mixed use project for Fair-field Hills. In the name of keeping Fairfield Hills as open space I believe some are missing the details of what could potentially be a boon for Newtown.

  • Even A Forum Can’t Make Sense Of FFH Housing Plan

    To the Editor:

    The “forum,” held last Saturday in the Reed Intermediate School library, about the now all-but-inevitable housing at Fairfield Hills, was not a forum at all.

  • Forum Comments Clarified

    To The Editor:

    I would like to clarify my comments as represented in the [12/12/14 Bee] article entitled “Residents, Officials Express Views On Housing At Fairfield Hills” as the way they are presented, well outside the context of what I was saying, is misleading.

  • Housing At Fairfield Hills

    In the ten years since Newtown purchased the state-owned property that served Connecticut for more than 60 years as a psychiatric hospital, the evolution of 186-acre campus at Fairfield Hills has been mostly municipal. The site is now the seat of Newtown’s government. Attempts to stimulate commercial interest there, however, have sputtered. The one notable exception was the opening of the 86,000-square-foot Newtown Youth Academy in 2008. But now, there is even talk of an eventual town takeover of that facility as well.

  • Apartments Are Not Economic Development

    To the Editor:

    Apartments are not economic development. In fact they can cost the taxpayers far more than the tax revenue received. Apartments are not allowed to discriminate  based on such things as children.

  • Say No Again To Residences At Fairfield Hills

    To the Editor:

    In the history of towns, cities, and parks, nothing could be clearer than that building “residences” inside a beautiful community outdoor space does not create taxpayer value; it destroys it. Overnight, irreversibly. The joy, freedom, and natural beauty go out of the place. What profit there is, is for developers. The loss to the community, in all its generations, is both immediate and permanent.