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To the Editor:
The new plans for the former UConn campus are a bad joke. Exactly how does this over-built assault on multiple nearby neighborhoods address the survey results previously submitted to the town? Over 600 residential units! Buildings 5 stories tall! (In a neighborhood of 1- and 2-story homes.) A new grocery! (We need another?) Retail! (remember Bishops Corner?) Restaurants! (How many do we already have?)
This is absurd. Neither the look of the proposed buildings nor the character fit the neighborhoods. And the traffic it will add to Trout Brook and Asylum is quite possibly deadly.
In exchange for trading a well-established area of homes we get what? A short expansion of the trail, a bridge over the pond (already one there), and wetland areas (because they can’t build there).
There are lots more questions and many, many issues to address in the review process. Should the developers have the right to build on this site? Yes. They bought the right. But the terms are up to the town – and WE the people.
Pay attention. Share with neighbors. Speak out. Let the Town know what you think. Before it’s too late.