Fairfield Hills

  • Housing At Fairfield Hills

    In the ten years since Newtown purchased the state-owned property that served Connecticut for more than 60 years as a psychiatric hospital, the evolution of 186-acre campus at Fairfield Hills has been mostly municipal. The site is now the seat of Newtown’s government. Attempts to stimulate commercial interest there, however, have sputtered. The one notable exception was the opening of the 86,000-square-foot Newtown Youth Academy in 2008. But now, there is even talk of an eventual town takeover of that facility as well.

  • Apartments Are Not Economic Development

    To the Editor:

    Apartments are not economic development. In fact they can cost the taxpayers far more than the tax revenue received. Apartments are not allowed to discriminate  based on such things as children.

  • Say No Again To Residences At Fairfield Hills

    To the Editor:

    In the history of towns, cities, and parks, nothing could be clearer than that building “residences” inside a beautiful community outdoor space does not create taxpayer value; it destroys it. Overnight, irreversibly. The joy, freedom, and natural beauty go out of the place. What profit there is, is for developers. The loss to the community, in all its generations, is both immediate and permanent.

  • Housing at FFH Without Voter Consent

    To the Editor:

    I have recently learned that there is an effort underway by the town to allow housing on the campus at Fairfield Hills.  Is it true that the authority to do this is either already in place or very close to becoming a reality?  I don't remember that question on the last referendum.

  • Hold Off On Housing At Fairfield Hills

    To the Editor:

    Firstly, please note that I am writing as an individual and not on behalf of the Legislative Council.

    I would like to echo the comments of Rita Willie, someone I have known and respected my entire life, that we should not support the proposed amendment to the Fairfield Hills Design District Zoning Regulations which would allow for residential apartments above commercial spaces.

  • A Development Opportunity At Fairfield Hills

    To the Editor:

  • Officials Recommend Funds For Additional Demolition At Fairfield Hills

    What can the town do to generate activity for demolition at Fairfield Hills? First Selectman Pat Llodra told the Fairfield Hills Authority members Monday, November 24, that town officials recently have had “quite a bit of discussion” about the question.

    She soon handed members a draft of Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) recommendations that include three $3.5 million requests over consecutive years between 2015 and 2018 for demolition.

  • Housing Is Still A Bad Idea For FFH

    To the Editor:

    They are talking about housing at Fairfield Hills Campus again!  They never give up. Mainly the Economic Development Commission, the Planning and Zoning Commission , and the Fairfield Hills Authority.

  • Rental Apartments: Fairfield Hills ‘Mixed-Use’ Zoning Slated For Discussion

    To foster discussion on the wisdom of creating “mixed-use” zoning covering a section of the town-owned Fairfield Hills campus, the town plans to soon hold two public sessions to explore the controversial topic.

    The two sessions will be sponsored by three town agencies: the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), the Fairfield Hills Authority (FHA), and the Economic Development Commission (EDC).

  • Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Thoughts

    To the Editor:

    Today I completed a survey about a permanent memorial for the victims of Sandy Hook School.  As a landscape designer, I want to share my thoughts to aid in discussion.

    I vision an outdoor memorial at a park in town that is not the sole purpose of the park.  The memorial should be a place you visit when you want to reflect on those lost but are not reminded if you are trying to forget for a day.