THE LATEST AND GREATEST HAPPENINGS IN OLD GREENWICH
The Old Greenwich Association is a local residents association made up of a volunteer board. For over forty years, the OGA has worked behind the scenes on issues that positively affect our quality of life across all ages and interests. Our goal is to maintain, as well as find new ways of supporting, the special atmosphere that makes us proud to call Old Greenwich home.
143 Sound Beach Proposal to be Heard September 19th at the P&Z Meeting at 7pm
The 143 Sound Beach application will next be discussed at the September 19th P&Z meeting at 7pm. We invite our members to attend the meeting and let the P&Z know their opinion on the proposed 60 unit apartment building in the center of Old Greenwich.
OG STRORM DRAINAGE PROJECT - CHECK FOR UPDATES HERE
Notice to the Old Greenwich School Community
Friday, September 01, 2017 – The contractor has completed all major work on school property. The Department of Public works thanks everyone for their cooperation and patience while work was being completed. Work will continue over the next 2 weeks on Sound Beach Avenue and a portion of the playing fields will remain restricted until stabilized turf is established. For your safety and the safety of your children, please respect any temporary fencing, barricades or restricted areas. Permanent restoration of all sidewalks, curbs and pavement is scheduled to be completed by the Board of Education during Summer 2018. All significant work on Sound Beach Avenue will now occur at night between the hours of 7:00 pm and 7:00 am. Any minor work necessary on Sound Beach Avenue will occur during the day between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:45 pm.
Week of September 4, 2017 – All significant work on Sound Beach Avenue in the vicinity of the Old Greenwich school will continue at night between the hours of 7:00 pm and 7:00 am. During night work northbound traffic will be detoured and southbound traffic will remain open. Please refer to “Sound Beach Ave Detour Plan - July 2017” for detour route approved by Board of Selectmen. Some minor work necessary on Sound Beach Avenue will occur during the day between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:45 pm. Two-way or alternating one-way traffic and access to all driveways will be maintained at all times during the day. In addition, a portion of the rear Town parking lot behind CVS, located at 225 Sound Beach Ave will be closed and utilized for staging. Please obey all temporary traffic control devices and uniformed traffic directors.
September 4, 2017 through September 22, 2017 – Contractor will be installing drainage structures and pipe then will complete restoration of affected curbs, sidewalks and pavement on Sound Beach Avenue in the vicinity of the Old Greenwich school. Toward the end of the this two-week period, the contractor may begin work on private property within Drainage Easements between Sound Beach Avenue and Park Avenue. Click HERE for update from town hall.
Binney Park Dredging
Please click on the Upcoming Events link above or check the Department of Public Works website for updated info. Project is scheduled to run through first week of November with no parking on Arch Street, a cordoned off area for the dredging and drying out of the sediment (hold your nose)and various trucks throughout the area.
Ivy Realty Proposes a LARGER apartment building with Affordable Housing for 143 Sound Beach Avenue
Town Proposes Massive Redesign of Old Greenwich Rotaries. Please see flier below and consider visiting savetheisland.org to sign their petition and make your voice heard.
UPDATE: Planning and Zoning reviewed a proposal for a 44-unit Apartment Building at 143 Sound Beach Avenue on March 21st at 7:15pm.
Read the Article in the Greenwich Free Press by clicking here.
Following a private meeting, facilitated by the OGA, between the project's developers, architect and lawyer and the direct neighbors of the property, including those connected to the stop143soundbeach.com effort, new drawings have been released to reflect the residents concerns as well as an addendum to the traffic study previously released.
Please find these new renderings and addendum below:
Addendum to Traffic Analysis
WHAT WE'RE DOING:
We are in daily contact with the development firm's lawyer and have scheduled a sit-down meeting between the project stakeholders and the building's direct neighbors.
We are in contact with concerned residents, answering any claims and helping augment those concerns by directing them to appropriate sources.
Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT TO SHARE
In addition to the renderings above and below, we have been given the traffic study solicited by the construction company and included in the project's proposal submitted to P&Z. Read it here. *Note the recent addendum above.
WHo TO WATCH / what to do
On March 2nd Sam Romeo will be having Mark Betz from GreenView Building Products and those from the Sound Beach Ave project present their plan from 6 - 6:30pm. If you'd like to call in please dial #203-661-5051.
Below are the renderings and site plans from the original proposal, including surveys done by D'Andrea and Associates.
The Eastern Greenwich Civic Center is up for a much-needed remodel with the Department of Parks and Recreation, whose current plan is to build a similar building to what currently exists. If you'd rather see a larger, more comprehensive structure as its replacement, read the petition below.
Please read the petition Regarding the eastern greenwich civic center and consider supporting it. thank you.
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped to make Binney Park look festive for the Holidays!
Volunteers Needed Today, Saturday December 3rd!
The Old Greenwich Association needs volunteers to hang holiday lights in Binney Park this Saturday, December 3rd at 9:30 am. We are meeting by the large stone bridge near Arch Street in Binney Park. We would greatly appropriate anyone who can help even if its just for an hour. We are also in need of a few step-ladders (8 feet or taller).
Hot chocolate, coffee and donuts will be provided. High-School students can also earn community service, we'll be glad to sign their forms.
Please RSVP to let us know if you can help: email@example.com
Thanks in advance from the Old Greenwich Association!
2016 Annual Meeting - Wednesday, November 9 at 7pm
First Congregational Church
108 Sound Beach Avenue
The Annual Meeting is a chance to get together with neighbors and friends to discuss community issues. The agenda for the meeting will include these topics:
Department of Transportation will discuss the Train Bridge Project
Department of Parks & Recreation presentation on the new Civic Center and dredging of Binney Pond
The Village Improvement Committee will discuss the work of volunteers seeking to enhance the appearance of Old Greenwich
SCHOOL BACK IN SESSION
OLD GREENWICH MEMORIAL DAY PARADE - Monday, May 30 at 10am
Look for OGA's brand new tent where we will have lemonade and stickers. We will also be documenting the parade with the help of GHS Yearbook Photographer. Please check back here for our Memorial Day Parade Gallery to download some great photos from the day.
THE OGA SUPPORTS THIS IMPORTANT PETITION.
Please join us by lending your signature:
Thanks to the volunteers who helped remove
the Holiday lights in Binney Park!
our State Rep, Mike Boccchino, kindly PRovides us with maps to the detour routes and landscaping of the train bridge project.
Greenwich Time - Train Bridge Intensifies
Read the latest train bridge construction project update in today's greenwich Time
Night work and road closures have commenced on the Old Greenwich railroad bridge replacement project.
Nighttime road closings have begun on Tomac Avenue. While the overnight work has yet to start on Sound Beach Avenue, it is likely to begin in coming days.
According to Frank Pettise, the senior civil engineer on the project, the night work will run periodically from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., but not simultaneously on the two spans.
Motorists are handling the new phase of the project in stride, though the impact of road closures will be greater once they begin on Sound Beach.
“No problems so far,” local resident Nina Sutton said Wednesday on her way to shop at Kings grocery store in Old Greenwich. “But it is kind of a mess.”
The president of the Old Greenwich Association, Meg Nolan van Reesema, said she has yet to hear about transportation problems in the community. “It’s been quiet. So far it hasn’t been invasive,” she said.
Van Reesema has been meeting with state officials and transportation authorities to gain as much information as possible, especially on the Sound Beach Avenue route, the main artery in the neighborhood.
“I’d like to come up with a more definitive schedule,” she said, since the closures thus far have been sporadic.
Ideally, she said, commuters coming home in the evening, or residents heading out after dark, should be able to know in advance whether road closures will affect their routines.
“I’m meeting with everyone I can, to get open lines of communication,” van Reesema said.
The $14.87 million project is replacing the two aging railroad bridges, and making improvements to the Old Greenwich station.
The latter work includes creating a new retaining wall at the station and installing new staircases. More commuter parking spaces will be added. Improvements to the railway platforms are also in the works, including new energy-efficient lighting, three enclosed shelters and 27 benches for seating.
On Tomac Avenue, a new four-foot-wide sidewalk will be constructed under the west side of the bridge.
The work, which began in the spring of 2015, is expected to be completed by May of 2018.
Detour signs have been posted around the community, and buffer zone installed around the railroad bridges to allow work on the spans.
The main contractor on the project is Manafort Brothers of Plainville.
For Latest Train Bridge Update - Click HERE
Update on the Train Bridge Construction
November 1, 2015
Thank you to all who were present at our Annual Meeting. We are looking forward to an excellent year ahead. We APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!
First Steps Taken in Train Bridge Construction Project
The first phase of the Old Greenwich Train Bridge Rehabilitation Project has begun, and it consists of Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) relocating the existing overhead power line in the upper and lower portions of the South Commuter Parking Lot. In the following weeks, CL&P will also be installing new wooden utility poles and underground electrical service in the lower parking lot. As a result of this work, parking spaces at various locations at the Old Greenwich Railroad Station will be inaccessible. Please be cognizant of any construction signs, cones and notices posted at the site.
For more information, please click on the Train Bridge banner above, and bookmark this site so that you can regularly check for traffic disruption information, work schedules, and more.
Old Greenwich, Conn: Front-Porch Kind of Place
The New York Times, August 20, 2014
By Lisa Prevost
Photos by Douglas Healey
One night last month, Lesley King received a Facebook message that reflected what she considers one of the finest qualities of Old Greenwich: a connected community.
Her new business, Back 40 Mercantile, an upscale general store for the eco-conscious, had opened that day in the small commercial center called “the village.” (Ms. King is an owner with family members.) She had closed up shop only a few hours before. The Facebook message arrived around 9: A man she barely knew wanted her to know that he had spotted a candle still burning in the shop.
A resident of Old Greenwich since 2001, Ms. King says that sort of neighborly outreach is the custom in a community where people’s yards don’t extend much beyond their houses.
At the home she shares with her husband, Bill, and their four children, the swing set sits in the front yard, an open invitation to youngsters walking by. That might not pass muster in the parts of Greenwich that take pride in pristine, gated isolation, but the culture of Old Greenwich is better expressed by the prevalence of front porches.
“The best thing about Old Greenwich,” Ms. King said, “is that everybody lives in houses close to each other.”
A New Old Greenwich Takes Shape
Greenwich Time, December 6, 2014
By Robert Marchant
Meet the new face of the Old Greenwich business district: gluten-free pancakes, organic yogurt, makeovers for dogs, craft beer and $19-a-pound cheese from northern California.
The old face of the business district that is no more: a coffee shop, an old-time pharmacy, a family-run grocery store. Also gone, some feel, is the unpretentious and distinctive atmosphere that gave the retail strip on Sound Beach Avenue its down-to-earth appeal, outdated signage and all.
Since the upturn in the economy, all the vacancies that had once troubled the avenue have now been filled, with about eight new stores opening in the past year. Now that the retail strip has been rebooted, regular shoppers, local residents, community leaders and merchants are discussing whether the low-key appeal of the old Old Greenwich business district has been replaced with a more worldly ambience -- and how much of a good thing that is.
To John Romeo, the trendy new stores on the avenue are a sign of the times, and not in a good way. To him, the upscale boutiques along Sound Beach mark big money's conquest of another section of town. "So many rich people, they're pushing out the middle class," said Romeo, who is in his 70s and works as a crossing guard. "The stores here aren't the same as they used to be. The middle-class stores, they're going to be all gone," he said.
Sound Beach Avenue still has a hardware store -- unlike other upscale shopping corridors where it is impossible to find useful items like duct tape or a garden hose. Sue Connolly, outside the hardware store with her husband, Craig, admits to a bit of nostalgia for the old business district. "I miss some of the mom and pop stores. You used to get that personal touch," she said, "But you have to go with the flow, you can't change it."
A number of other shoppers see nothing but good news in the new mix of businesses that have opened. Maureen Hammer, a teacher and writer who recently moved to Old Greenwich from Trumbull, said she loves the high-low combination of stores that the avenue seems to offer. She was perusing bargains in the Rummage Room.
"I love this town," she said. "I love the mix of stores, and every store has its own unique style. And everyone has been so nice." A prime example of the change in Old Greenwich is the Fat Poodle, opening later this month in the space that housed Arcadia Cafe -- for years a favorite place in the village to meet and hang out over coffee. A local restaurateur behind the business, which will offer more than a dozen craft beers and an "international-bistro" style of dining, said his partners felt the location would be successful.
"There aren't that many places to eat, and a hip new place was needed in the area," saidAntoine Blech, a co-owner of the new venture who is also a partner in Le Penguin in downtown Greenwich. "And we're right next to the train station."
David Rafferty, president of the Old Greenwich Association, points to the local ownership of many of the new businesses -- people like Blech. He said they are much like the store owners who always have run businesses in the district -- only a bit more conscious of changing consumer demands. "A lot of them are moms and pops, they see themselves as moms and pops," Rafferty said, "They've also put a lot more emphasis on design."
Continue Reading the Full Story in the Greenwich Time