I just learned the former Gretsch property, located on the crest of Castle Hill overlooking Newtown’s iconic flagpole, is the focus of a plan to develop more housing. I also learned there is a group of dedicated people who value this property for its beauty and its historical and environmental significance. This group, working to preserve Newtown’s Castle Hill, has my support.
We will admit that we didn’t read the 2/22/13 issue of The Newtown Bee, so we only learned of the cluster housing proposal for Castle Hill last evening. To say the least, our initial reaction was that this is a terrible idea for this land. We have lived on the hill for almost 12 years and know it is a much visited, photographed and beloved area in our town. The development that is proposed here would alter the very face of Newtown forever.
A 136-house development proposal in the Borough of Newtown is prompting an effort to preserve two large tracts of scenic land on Castle Hill.
A preliminary proposal to develop housing clusters at a 66-acre parcel at 20 Castle Hill Road parcel and a 70-acre lot at 60 Castle Hill Road, owned by the Bridgeport Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation, had caught the Newtown Forest Association (NFA) members’ immediate attention. The NFA is a private land trust.
A local development firm is seeking preliminary approvals for the construction of a cluster housing complex that would be the largest newly proposed residential project in more than a decade.
According to documents filed with the town public works department, GLT Development Corporation is seeking preliminary approvals from the Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) to provide sanitary sewer service for the proposed 136-house project in the borough.