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Public will be heard Tuesday on Huntington Green development

August 20, 2018

SHELTON-Residents will get another chance to voice their views on a developer’s plan to build 20 single family homes on about four acres of land behind the Huntington Congregational Church off Ripton Road.

The public hearing on the proposal will resume Tuesday at 7 p.m. during a meeting of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission at the Shelton Intermediate School’s auditorium, 675 Constitution Boulevard north.

Many of the more than 500 residents who turned out for the June 27 meeting were unable to address the commission because of time constraints. The commission has the auditorium for three hours Tuesday.

On June 27, all of the residents who spoke, which included four aldermen, opposed the project

The crowd which included four aldermen filled the Shelton Intermediate School Auditorium. They demanded that the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission reject any proposal that would change the one house per acre zoning in much of Huntington including a portion of this six acre parcel.

“Its about time we listened to the people of Shelton,” said David Gidwani, a freshman first ward alderman who joined colleagues Anthony Simonetti, Noreen McGorty and Jimmy Capra in urging the Commission to reject the proposal. “Let’s not listen to builders.”

During the three hour session, Commission Chairwoman Virginia Harger repeatedly asked the angry crowd to refrain from shouting comments while Dominick Thomas, a local land use lawyer; James Swift, a local engineer and David Sullivan, a traffic engineer described the proposal they put forth on behalf of John Guedes and his Primrose Development of Bridgeport. Guedes has re-purposed several factory buildings downtown into apartments and some retail.

Guedes’ Huntington Village proposal calls for 20 two-story, three-bedroom Colonials with about 2,000 square feet of living space hooked up to city sewers and city water built behind the church. Seventeen homes would have a two-car garage. All would be built on two cul-de-sacs with a privately maintained entry road and surrounded by a full sidewalk. Of the 6.1 acres used approximately 1.4 acres would be set aside as open space.

Thomas called it a moderate sized development, when compared with previous proposals including a 140-bed assisted living and convalescent home. He said the 20-homes fit Huntington Center’s village design.

“Twenty houses on four acres is not a moderate size development,” charged Scott Gura, a Centerview Drive resident, Shelton Intermediate School history teacher and Shelton High School baseball coach on June 27. He gave the commission a history lesson telling them Huntington is named after Samuel Huntington, a Declaration of Independence signer.

Much of the June turnout was attributed to the efforts of Harry and Eva Foothorap, who live on Centerview Drive near the development’s entrance..

Eva Foothorap handed the Commission a petition signed by 492 residents.

Harry Foothorap told the commission he’s battling against something he was promised on at least two occasions by Huntington Congregational Church representatives would not happen. The church owns the property on which the development is proposed.