Preserved as open space, the High Meadow in Fairfield Hills will also be protected by a management plan, which the Conservation Commission members are finalizing, according to commission Chairman Mary Gaudet-Wilson.
“Meadows habitat is what we have the least of in Connecticut and it’s valuable for certain species and biodiversity,” she said. The plan being drafted, which must then be approved by other town officials, will be based on a habitat management plan already written for both the High and West Meadows at Fairfield Hills.
More than once Andrea Zimmermann said she was surprised by what she learned recently while researching Fairfield Hills. Author, researcher and Newtown resident, Ms Zimmermann in October submitted to the town a preliminary 39-page report of narrative and photographs documenting the property history and specific buildings at the former state hospital.
“You could always keep talking about Fairfield Hills because it’s fascinating,” she observed.
The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) has designated as permanent open space an undeveloped area at Fairfield Hills near Wasserman Way.
Following discussion at a recent session, P&Z members unanimously decided to protect as designated open space the areas known as the High Meadow and the East Meadow. The area sometimes is known only as the High Meadow.
Chinese delegates wish to “start right away” with plans for a nursing school to occupy several Fairfield Hills buildings, said Liping Wang, a realtor from Property World in Milford, and speaking on their behalf.
After listening to the brief presentation, Fairfield Hills Authority Chairman James Bernardi called it an “intriguing proposal.” Authority member Renata Adler said, “This sounds outstanding.”
State and federal agencies involved with clearing Danbury Hall and a set of former staff residences at Fairfield Hills for demolition have both provided the necessary documentation for the town to move forward with the project. Now the only thing standing between the buildings and the wrecking ball is a remediation plan being prepared by a town contractor, which is expected to be delivered within the next week or two.
Clerk of the Works Brian Feeney tightened his hard hat. He and Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps member Stuart Rieve entered a construction site filled with heavy machinery, scaffolding, the beginnings of concrete walls, and steel framework outlining what will be a new $4.5 million ambulance garage and facility for corps members. The project is being funded by the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Association.
Police report they arrested two alleged burglars inside Cochran House at Fairfield Hills early on the morning of Monday, October 28, after receiving a call informing them that light and noise were emanating from the third-floor of the massive masonry building.
Police said they charged Paul Longo, 28, of New Haven, and Dale Hanley, 28, of Northford each with third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, possession of burglary tools, and third-degree criminal mischief.
“Concrete block walls are going up” at the new ambulance garage site, said Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps board member Bruce Herring.
As of Wednesday, October 16, the concrete slab for the new construction’s living area had been poured, and the slab for the garage portion of the two-story, six-bay ambulance facility at Fairfield Hills will “hopefully” be poured in coming days.