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  • Spring Project Will See Extended Trail At FFH

    Trails at Fairfield Hills will be extended this spring, adding nearly another paved mile through the sprawling, scenic campus.

    Addressing the Fairfield Hills Authority earlier this month, Parks and Recreation Director Amy Mangold explained the trails project, which will extend the existing paved passive recreation surface. With a budgeted $300,000 in this year’s capital improvement plan (CIP), a recent bid came in from LRM Construction for $291,000, which was “great,” Ms Mangold said.

  • Questions Raised About Senior Center And Community Center Plans

    Plans for a community center, which would begin with a Phase I senior and aquatic center construction, are cause for concern to former Commission on Aging chairman Ross Carley.

  • Authority Peers Into The Future Of Fairfield Hills

    Earlier this winter several Fairfield Authority members and town Grants Coordinator Christal Preszler took a trip to Preston, where a former state facility similar to Fairfield Hills is now in that town’s hands. Unlike Newtown, however, which intends to redevelop its campus as a community and municipal asset, the town of Preston plans for the eventual sale of its property.

  • The Community Has Spoken On Housing At FFH

    To the Editor:

    The community forums on residential housing at Fairfield Hills made it very clear that Newtown does not want apartments on the campus. The Fairfield Hills Authority has acknowledged the lack of support for residential units on the campus. The Fairfield Hills Master Plan Review Commission  reported that this is not favored by the community at this time.

  • Fairfield Hills Housing Issues Reviewed At Forum

    About 50 people, including residents and town officials, gathered on December 11 at a second forum held to discuss the advisability of allowing housing by special zoning permit at the Fairfield Hills campus.

  • Newtown Ill-Suited As A Home For The ‘New Urbanism’

    To the Editor:

    Mixed-use development at Fairfield Hills does not serve the interest of Newtown’s residents. Called the “new urbanism,” these projects attempt to reduce suburban sprawl and traffic gridlock by pairing commercial space with residential apartments to create a pedestrian-enabled lifestyle. They are strategically built next to retail centers with transit options. Sounds great — give up your car to shop and work where you live.

  • From Eyesores To Eye Candy

    To the Editor:

    I am frankly puzzled by some of the [letters to the editor] in opposition to a mixed use project for Fair-field Hills. In the name of keeping Fairfield Hills as open space I believe some are missing the details of what could potentially be a boon for Newtown.

  • Residents, Officials Express Views On Housing At Fairfield Hills

    On Saturday, December 6, the town held the first of two public forums on the advisability of allowing rental apartments by special zoning permit at the Fairfield Hills campus.

    A second forum on the controversial topic was slated for 7 pm on Thursday, December 11, also in the library of Reed Intermediate School.

  • Even A Forum Can’t Make Sense Of FFH Housing Plan

    To the Editor:

    The “forum,” held last Saturday in the Reed Intermediate School library, about the now all-but-inevitable housing at Fairfield Hills, was not a forum at all.

  • Forum Comments Clarified

    To The Editor:

    I would like to clarify my comments as represented in the [12/12/14 Bee] article entitled “Residents, Officials Express Views On Housing At Fairfield Hills” as the way they are presented, well outside the context of what I was saying, is misleading.