October 23, 2019 - Latest news....
Members of the Norwalk Conservation Commission listened with a healthy degree of scepticism as the Summit Saugatuck LLC/Charney team presented a repeat of the same deceptive language they have used consistently in all their appearances before the boards and commissions of Westport.
This is language and wording used to cover over, as well as to cover up, the health and safety damages that would affect all the homes in our community of Old Saugatuck - as well as have an extended impact on a great portion of the general Westport community by virtue of increased traffic alone.
Tonight’s action by Summit was a procedural request to be heard formally on November 12th by the Commission. Summit also requested that no public comments be allowed on the 12th. Commissioners figured out real quick what the game was, and immediately denied the request. Public comment WILL be allowed on the November 12th meeting.
This will be an excellent opportunity to provide critical information to the Commissioners on the history of this 16 year stand-off.
This meeting on the 12th must become the last stop for Felix Charney and the immeasurable damage he represents to the SOS community.
I will be sending out another SOS email next week. I’ll also be circulating an SOS petition for submission on the 12th.
Suggestions, thoughts, and concerns from you would be terrific.
As always, thank you for your support!
Our resistance continues ~ Save Old Saugatuck was formed in 2003 to stop Felix Charney, of Summit Saugatuck LLC, from destroying an historic Westport, CT neighborhood. His development plans will encompass every one of these streets: Ferry Lane West, Hiawatha Lane, Indian Hill Road, Davenport Ave., Heritage Court, Dr. Gillette Circle, Hiawatha Lane Extension, and West End Avenue.
Charney is trying to convince the Westport Conservation Commission that land on Hiawatha Lane Extension is suitable for 187 units of rental housing, and that there is no problem with water, existing wetlands and watercourses in this area, when in fact, it is totally unsuitable for any plan that calls for a combined total of five, three, and four-story buildings.
This area has long been recognized as an area of wetlands, that is frequently saturated with water, and historically has severely limited building permitted.
We are encouraging friends, neighbors and concerned citizens to please share pictures of the flooding that already steadily occurs with the overflow of waterways going through the Hiawatha Lane Extension area.... or any other items you feel relevant... and all are invited to share their present stories and remembrances of this area when it was considered “swampland.
If you have any questions or want to know how you can lend further support or help, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Let’s achieve one more victory for ourselves in our 15-year fight to Save Old Saugatuck.
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Westport, CT. 06880
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