Large Apartment complex Proposed, overlooking Historic Fairfield, Old Post Road

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The Old Post Road Area Association and neighbors living in the Historic District respectfully ask that you review this petition and support our efforts to maintain the historic character and scale of our neighborhood.

As you may be aware there is a proposal to develop the former Masonic Lodge on 131 Beach Road into a large (four-story) apartment complex.  Parking would be above ground, under the first floor, so this would amount to a five (5) story building that is over sixty (60) feet in height.  The project would include a total of forty (40) apartments including one and two bedroom units.

While the property is zoned for a single family dwelling, the developer is proceeding and utilizing a state statute (8-30g) that allows development of any size building, superseding town zoning laws and the consent of abutting neighbors and neighborhood under certain circumstances.

The 8-30g law was designed to provide needed affordable housing to families that meet an income level in accordance with the statute.

The Old Post Road Area Association and neighbors recognizes the need and welcomes affordable housing in our community, however it is clear this developer is using this statute, to erect the largest building possible in a neighborhood most Fairfield residents consider sacred.  Fairfield's unique history, dating back to the war of Independence from the British is the very core of our existence and the genesis of who we are as a Town.  A five-story Apartment complex is simply incongruous to this neighborhood.

The location in question, is literally the "entry point" into the Historic District. It would tower above all existing buildings and houses and be viewable in stark contrast to our Historic Town Hall, First Congregational Church founded in 1639 and viewable from St. Paul's Episcopal Church built prior to the Civil War in 1855.

Additionally, there are legitimate concerns on safety and the impact on traffic in  already dense and highly utilized intersections at Post Road and Beach Road and Beach Road and Old Post Road.  The structure could add up to eighty (80) additional cars to this already over-burdened stretch of road and could potentially eliminate on-street parking spaces there.

Once again we acknowledge the need for affordable housing in Fairfield and would welcome an 8-30g affordable development that is lower in height, has fewer units and is designed in a manner that respects and harmonizes with the character of the neighborhood.  We respectfully and earnestly feel this is too large a building to abut the Historic District and the Housing density too much for the neighborhood.   We would appreciate your support in our efforts to defeat or modify this development.  This building simply does not belong at this site.  

Please contact the Old Post Road Area Association at OPRAA, Treasurer, c/o of Walt Shaw, 487 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 or by email: waltshaw@optonline.net if you'd like more information or you would like to make a donation to our efforts.

Thank you in advance for your generous support.