To the Editor:
As Organizer of Southington Citizens Against Overdevelopment (SCAO), I strongly oppose the rezoning of 65 acres of property on West Street in Southington to a mixed use and instead call for the property to be preserved as open space. The property is in an area where the current character is light commercial and industrial with nearby residential areas and that the undeveloped land would be a perfect spot for use of the Town’s open space dollars.
This mixed-use proposal would alter the character of this side of town irrevocably and lead to pollution and traffic congestion. It’s about time our town leaders saw the light and worked to prevent the rampant overdevelopment of the remaining undeveloped open space areas. We don’t need another Queen Street.
Another proposal for an outlet center and other commercial development was proposed for the open land adjacent to I-84 exit 31, but the proposal was withdrawn last fall and has not been resubmitted. We also opposed the development of this area of West Street where the traffic is already congested.
The character of town is priceless, and we should not allow short-sighted greed to alter forever the small-town character of Southington. Do we want to be a West Hartford or New Britain, or do we want to have a positive quality of life? Overdevelop-ment and increasing density and urbanization contribute to increasing taxes and lowered property values.
Does anyone want their taxes to go up and their property values reduced? We must stand up for our Town before it is too late..
SCAO is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/734692253307321/ and Steve is reachable at 860-302-8099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve Theriault, Southington