Planning & Zoning Public Hearing
7pm Tuesday, January 14 at Town Hall
If you own a home in Old Greenwich you may be very interested to hear what Planning & Zoning is proposing.
As you are aware, new legislation is going to require already difficult and onerous new policies and procedures for renovating or building in Old Greenwich flood zones.
However, at the P&Z public hearing this Tuesday evening (January 14) at 7pm at Town Hall, local officials will be discussing implementing additional measures that might require residents to exceed the new standards, making it potentially more costly and more difficult to do any sort of work on your home or property. If this is implemented, P&Z will be raising Greenwich's standards far higher than the rest of the nation for no known reason.
I encourage every Old Greenwich homeowner to attend this meeting, learn the facts, and confront your elected officials if need be. Greenwich residents should not have to be held to unnecessarily higher standards.
President, Old Greenwich Association
Facilities Usage and Racial Imbalance Update
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Howard Stern sidekick acclimates to civic service
Board of Parks and Recreation member Gary Dell'Abate at Binney Park in Old Greenwich, Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Dell'Abate's day job as the producer of controversial "Howard Stern Show" made for a turbulent confirmation process last year by the RTM for the volunteer position. Photo: Bob Luckey / Greenwich Time | Buy This Photo
To the Editor:
Last Sunday's Greenwich Time carried a front page photo of Gary Dell’Abate sitting on a bridge spanning Binney Pond. The text of the article focused on Mr. Dell'Abate' nomination, appointment and his work for the Board of Parks and Recreation this past year. The feature failed to address, although the photo clearly showed, the great need to get on with the re-dredging of the badly silted Binney Pond. Sunday's photo did one thing well. It clearly showed one of the growing mud islands now so evident in Binney Pond. Frankly, the pond is a mess, debris cluttered and silted badly especially in the north end. One can only hope that this photo of Mr. Dell'Abate will serve as a reminder that the Board's obligations are to pay attention, not only to active recreation activities in our public open spaces, but also to the passive recreation places belonging the community. Unfortunately, the photo suggests that the Board of Parks and Recreation might be turning its back on the Binney Pond dredging question. We hope that is an incorrect assumption.
The Board of the Old Greenwich Association
The railway bridge on Sound Beach Avenue in Old Greenwich on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. Metro-North Railroad has slated this bridge and the one on Tomac Avenue to be replaced. Photo: Helen Neafsey / Greenwich Time | Buy This Photo
Century-old bridges in Old Greenwich to be replaced
The Sound Beach and Tomac avenue bridges in Old Greenwich have borne the weight of untold thousands of trains and many more commuters over the last 100-plus years.
And it shows. With patches of crumbling concrete, rusting metal and peeling paint, age has crept up on the sturdy structures.
But starting next year, the state will undertake a massive, four-year construction project to replace both railroad bridges, at an estimated cost of $30 million to $40 million.
The Sound Beach and Tomac avenue bridges in Old Greenwich have borne the weight of untold thousands of trains and many more commuters over the last 100-plus years.And it shows. With patches of crumbling concrete, rusting metal and peeling paint, age has crept up on the sturdy structures.But starting next year, the state will undertake a massive, four-year construction project to replace both railroad bridges, at an estimated cost of $30 million to $40 million.
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Replacement of Trees in Old Greenwich
The Old Greenwich Association lent its support to the Old Greenwich Merchants Association in lobbying the Town to replace selected trees on Sound Beach Avenue with ones that would provide increased shade, better sight lines and a more "New Englandy" feel. Over 300 local residents signed a petition supporting this measure. However, there were many others who disagreed, and a public hearing was held on the matter. All sides were well represented and eloquent in making their points, and after several days of consideration, Town of Greenwich Tree Warden Bruce Spaman has decided to begin a plan of pruning and maintenance, and not to remove any trees at this time.
In addition to this hearing drawing attention to the needs of the downtown village trees, one of the best things to come up was the call for more study to look into what else could be done to beautify the area. Now the ball is rolling, and at this moment there are individuals and groups planning to organize and look into trees, plantings, benches, signage and more in order to make Old Greenwich an even more attractive place to live, work and shop. If you want to read more about this, the official decision from Mr. Spaman is posted below. As always, if anyone has any questions or wants to volunteer to help, please contact us here at the OGA.
Old photo showing shade trees before they were diseased and replaced