The City is holding Revaluation
Presentations by neighborhood. The meeting that's scheduled for the sections of
Norwalk that the Eastern Norwalk
Neighborhood Association represents is Monday, January 12 at at City Hall in the
Community Room. This is your opportunity to ask questions about your
preliminary property valuations.
Also, the next monthly meeting of the ENNA is Wednesday, January 14 at in Room 322 at City
Hall. Agenda is posted on the ENNA website at http://eastnorwalk.org.
Everyone is welcome to attend and participate.
Laurel Lindstrom, president
Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood
ENNA Membership donation request - and
monthly meeting Wed. at
next meeting of the Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association is this Wednesday
at at City Hall in Room 333. The agenda is
posted on the ENNA website. As always, you are welcome to attend and
I don't see you then, on behalf of the ENNA board of directors I wish you and
your family a wonderful holiday - and a happy and healthy new year.
below for a note from ENNA Treasurer Diane Cece.
ENNA Member or Friend,
We realize these uncertain economic times have
put a burden on each of our family budgets, and that stretching support to the
many good organizations we all support is harder than ever. But when you are
budgeting for your charitable giving this season, won’t you please consider a
membership fee of just $25, or a donation in any amount, to The Eastern Norwalk
Our board, active members and volunteers of the
ENNA work hard all year on behalf of all our neighbors to maintain and improve
our quality of life. Here are some highlights of our efforts in 2008 and
where your money goes:
contributions allow us to purchase copy paper, toner, & postage; covers the
cost of our website; and pays for government recording fees and FOI document
requests. No officer, board member, volunteer or anyone affiliated with the ENNA
accepts a stipend or salary, and 100% of your contribution goes directly to
funding the mission of the ENNA:
The purpose of
the Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association is to foster and
preserve the residential character, natural and historic resources and quality
of life in the eastern Norwalk community, and to encourage the residents
of eastern Norwalk to actively participate in achieving this
Remember: Your donation or membership fee
is tax deductible. A thank-you letter for each contribution is
mailed to you for your tax preparation purposes.
I invite you to visit us online at www.eastnorwalk.org to learn more about
the ENNA and to see how you can keep up with the latest issues that affect your
life here in the beautiful & historic Eastern Norwalk district. You’ll
also find a link to our membership form and our contact information.
On behalf of the entire Board of the ENNA, I wish
you and your families a safe and happy holiday season and a healthy and happy
make your payment to: ENNA & mail to: 37 Olmstead Place Norwalk CT
Announcement below is from Diane Cece. Hope
you can help out...Laurel
Joanne Romano and Diane Cece are organizing an Election Day
food drive to collect non-perishable foods at each of the city's polling sites.
The project has been dubbed "Paying it Forward" as we feel all of us
have been helped by someone at some point in our lives. See attached flier.
We desperately need voluteers who can:
Deliver the collection bins to a local polling place by 6am on election day
Check periodically during the day to see if bin is overflowing and move
overflow to a secure place
Check to be sure bins are not obstructing voters path to building and that no
one has placed any political literature on it.
Return to a site at
to gather the foods and bins to be returned to a central location for pick up
by the the Food Bank. We are not sure yet where the
central point will be.
The next Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association meeting is Wednesday, October
8 at in Room 333 at City Hall.
We meet monthly and everyone is welcome to attend - and bring up items that are
of concern to you in the neighborhood.
Every meeting we discuss neighborhood improvement strategies, watch list
properties and issues related to traffic, crime and other quality of life
You are always welcome to attend. Also, visit the ENNA website at
http://eastnorwalk.org where you'll find our past meeting minutes, the agenda
for our upcoming meeting and other items of interest within our neighborhood
and throughout Norwalk.
Laurel Lindstrom, president
Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association
Pasture Beach Road - a canopy of more than
40 trees to be planted
Wednesday, September 10 at the Tree Advisory Committee of
Norwalk and Hal Alvord, Director
of Public Works will present information about an extensive tree planting
project that is planned for Calf Pasture Beach Road .
I encourage everyone to come to MarvinElementary School on Calf Pasture Beach Road to hear the
presentation, ask questions and offer feedback. The plan includes the addition
of more than forty new trees lining the boulevard to recreate the canopy that
in years past welcomed beach goers and beautified this East Norwalk neighborhood.
September 10 is the day the ENNA had scheduled our monthly meeting. But we are
instead attending the tree meeting and encouraging our members to do the same.
Laurel Lindstrom, president
Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association
Public invited to
June 30 DEP informational meeting for East Norwalk
At risk is the health of a dense East Norwalk
residential neighborhood and the NorwalkHarbor.
A few decades ago the former Norwalk Barrel Company buried
old metal barrels that contained toxic material on the east bank of the NorwalkRiver just south of the I-95. The
site was subsequently sold for a condominium development.
The CT Department of Environmental Protection and U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency got involved when the current owner started
site development preparation for more condos. Pieces of the old drums were
found. The owner’s consultant has recommended containment rather
than excavation of the toxic material. But there are questions as to whether
this is the right course of action.
The Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association along with
residents from the immediate neighborhood joined with the League of Women
Voters to arrange for the DEP to hold an informational meeting. The
Health Welfare and Public Safety Committee of the Common Council is part of
this coalition of concerned citizens.
Just how toxic is this site? The coalition wants to know if
leaching of toxic material has occurred to surrounding property and into the
harbor – and the level of risk to the residents who live on and around the
The DEP meeting will take place Monday, June 30 at at City Hall in the Community Room.
There will be a panel of experts including those from the CTDEP and EPA.
Public is encouraged to attend this important meeting.
Just prior to the informational meeting DEP representatives
will hold an on-site visit from 6 PM to 7 PM. Meet in the parking lot at 23
Platt Street. Public is welcome to attend.
Please contact Laurel Lindstrom (ENNA) at 855-7668, Diane Lauricella (LWVN) at 858-1537 or Mike Geake, Chair of the
Health Welfare and Public Safety Committee at 722-8909 for more information.
President of the Eastern Norwalk
and Member of the Common Council representing East
Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association invites the public to a discussion on Neighborhood
Crime Prevention with Chief Harry Rilling and representatives from the Norwalk
so much in the news these days about crime it’s difficult to figure out just
how much crime there is and how residents and business owners can better
protect themselves. Has crime in Norwalk increased? What types of crime
occur most frequently – vandalism, burglary, violent crime, gang activity? And
how can the public help authorities prevent crime in our neighborhoods?
answers to these and other crime-related questions by joining in the
forum will take place on Wednesday, May 14 from 7:30 to 9 PM at Norwalk City
Hall in Room A333. For more information call 855-7668 or visit the ENNA website
The Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association is holding a Spring Cleanup of
neighborhood streets this
Saturday, April 12 from 9 AM to 12 Noon.
Come join us. Volunteers meet at City Hall in the parking lot adjacent to
Sunset Hill Avenue. We'll fan out along neighborhood streets, picking up litter
to Strawberry Hill Ave. and down East Ave. to the Historic East Norwalk Cemetery.
Gloves and bags will be provided. Rain or shine.
Any questions, please contact me.
Laurel Lindstrom, president
Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association
The City of Norwalk Department of
Recreation and Parks will be hosting a Public information session regarding the
future master plan for Veteran’s Park to be held Wednesday, January 9, 2008 from in the Community Room in City Hall.
This is also the evening of our monthly ENNA meeting. So we will start our
meeting in Room 333 at City Hall after the Vets Park meeting ends.
Hope to see you there.
Laurel Lindstrom, President
Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association
On behalf of the Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association Board of Directors I
want to wish you and your family a happy holiday season and a healthy and
joyous new year.
As we come to the end of the year, it's a time to review our accomplishments
from the past year and set goals for the future. The ENNA has had a full year
with many accomplishments (outlined below in a note to you from our Treasurer).
With your help we can continue to provide valuable service to the neighborhoods
of eastern Norwalk.
With Warmest Regards,
Laurel Lindstrom, President
Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association
Dear ENNA Member or
When you budget for
your charitable giving this season, can you consider a membership fee of just
$25 or a donation to The Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association?
Our board, our members
and countless volunteers of the ENNA work hard all year on behalf of all our
neighbors to maintain and improve our quality of life. Here are just a few
highlights of our efforts in 2007 and where your money goes:
lobbied against the Planned Residential Development Cap increase that would
have allowed condominiums at the former FitchSchool site.
TRAFFIC CALMING: Vocal
against projects that increase traffic on residential streets and speeding on
main roads such as Strawberry Hill and East Avenues.
Supported the funding of flood remediation projects for neighborhoods of
property watch list to closely monitor future development plans impacting the
area, notify residents of development issues and provided valuable input to the
City of Norwalk Plan of Conservation and Development.
Proactive on inappropriate commercial ventures and potential misuse of
resources at Veteran’s Memorial Park.
Organized and conducted spring and fall neighborhood clean-up days and sponsor
area adopt-a-spot locations including year-round maintenance.
No officer, board
member or anyone affiliated with the ENNA accepts a stipend or salary, and 100%
of your contribution goes directly to funding the mission of the ENNA:
The purpose of the Eastern Norwalk
Neighborhood Association is to foster and preserve the residential character,
natural and historic resources and quality of life in the eastern Norwalk community, and to
encourage the residents of eastern Norwalk to actively
participate in achieving this purpose.
Remember: Your donation or membership fee is tax deductible.
A thank-you letter for each contribution is mailed to you for your tax
I invite you to visit us online at www.eastnorwalk.org
to learn more about the ENNA and to see how you can keep up with the latest
issues that affect your life here in the beautiful & historic Eastern Norwalk district. You’ll also
find a link to our membership form and our contact information.
Treasurer - ENNA
Please make your
payment to: ENNA and mail to: 37 Olmstead Place Norwalk CT 06855
development plan. Wed. at 7:30 PM - public hearing
On Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 PM a new 4-story office building, and a
proposal by the developer to double the office use permitted (from 30% to 60%)
in existing buildings at 10 Norden Place (Gibbs
College/Norden Systems site), goes to public hearing
before the Zoning Commission at City Hall (125 East Ave.) in the 3rd Floor
If approved the zone change and additional building would increase traffic on
adjacent streets, so much so that the developer's own traffic study indicates
that the level of service at Strawberry Hill Avenue and Beacon Street would
fail. They are recommending a new traffic light at this location to help
improve traffic flow. But nothing is proposed for handling additional traffic
on Winfield Street or to manage the overall increase in traffic anticipated.
On Wednesday the developer will present the proposed plan, and then you - the
public - will be given an opportunity to speak.
If you would like to review the plans before the public hearing you can go to
the P&Z office at City Hall and ask for the file.
If you are unable to make it to the public hearing but would like to have your
comments considered by the Zoning Commission you can submit a letter or send an
email to the Director of Planning and Zoning, Mike Greene, at
email@example.com before 5 PM on Wednesday. The agenda item is:
#10-07R/#8-07SPR - Norwalk Center, LLC - 10 Norden Pl. - Proposed amendments to Restricted Industrial
to increase the amount of office in an industrial development park from 30% to
60% and site plan for 154,690 sq ft office building.
Also, on Wednesday is the regular ENNA meeting. The meeting will take place
following the Norden Place item at the Zoning
Commission meeting. The ENNA meeting is on the same floor as the Zoning
Commission public hearing, down the hall in Room 333. The agenda is posted on
the ENNA website.
Hope to see you there.
Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association
Presentation by City's Tax Assessor - Wed. at 7:30 PM
Revaluation 2008 presentation
Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association invites you to a presentation of the
Real Property Revaluation 2008 to help answer your questions about the update
process that the City of Norwalk is now conducting. The meeting is open
to the public and will take place Wednesday, October 10 at 7:30 PM at City Hall
in Room 333.
Assessor Michael Stewart, Director of Finance Thomas Hamilton and Principals of
J. F. Ryan Associates contracted by Norwalk to assist the Assessor with the
revaluation will be present to share their revaluation plans, answer questions
and seek your input.
regular monthly ENNA meeting will follow the presentation.
East Ave. road improvements meeting set
for Sept. 20 at 7 PM
Hope everyone's enjoying the terrific last days of summer.
Here's a 'save the date' for you.
On Thursday, September 20 at 7 PM in the Community Room at City Hall
Department of Public Works representatives are hosting a public roundtable
discussion on the East Avenue road projects planned for the stretch of road
from the railroad bridge at Fort Point north to Exit 16.
Hal Alvord and Dick Linnartz will present the issues
they want to resolve and are there to listen to your input. They are in the
very early stages of gathering data so this is the time to speak up and get
your suggestions added to the mix.
Also, a reminder that our monthly meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 12 at
in Room 333 at City Hall. Agenda is posted on the ENNA website.
And for those of you who missed hearing - At its Sept 6 meeting the Zoning
Committee of the Zoning Commission recommended that the full commission vote
against the condos at the former Fitch School site. The Zoning Commission will
vote at its next meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 PM. Thank you to all of
you who attended the public hearing - and also the couple dozen who answered
the call and came out to the committee meeting. Turnout definitely
affects how the vote goes. Also, even if it looks like the commission will vote
down the condos on the 19th it would be a good idea to have neighbors present
See you on the 12th, the 19th and the 20th.
Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association
ENNA opposes former Fitch School PRD plan - public hearing Wed. at 7:30 PM
Based on the responses we've received from residents who live near the former
Fitch School property located on Strawberry Hill Avenue, as well as our own
deliberations, the Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association Board of Directors:
1. Opposes amending zoning regulations to raise the cap on
number of Planned Residential Development (PRD) units permitted
in B Residence zones: and
2. Opposes approval by the Zoning Commission that would
construction of the PRD that's proposed for this site.
While the impact on traffic, drainage, schools and infrastructure of the
29-unit PRD, may be similar to that resulting
from the 18 detached houses on a cul-de-sac that could be built 'as of right',
and while we applaud the inclusion of affordable housing in the PRD, the lack of connection to the
larger neighborhood resulting from the proposed PRD is the deciding factor in the
The planned PRD is viewed by the neighbors and by the ENNA Board as incompatible with
their neighborhood, which is comprised of single family homes fronting on
public rights of way. Residents know their neighbors, are aware of their
comings and goings and are able to quickly identify intruders or people who may
be there for other than "neighborly" purposes. Such neighborhoods are
safer to live in and foster a spirit of cooperation.
By contrast, the units in the proposed PRD front on private interior roadways
that will be infrequently visited by neighbors, its residents will be cut off
from the rest of the neighborhood, creating a pocket of unobserved activity
that decreases safety and neighborliness for everyone in the vicinity,
including the PRD residents.
Starting two years ago when the PRD was first proposed, the ENNA has taken a leadership
role informing and educating residents to the process, and has presented the
pros and cons of the PRD as compared with a cul-de-sac of private homes. These
discussions resulted in the drafting of a petition opposed to raising the cap
on PRD units which the ENNA circulated,
obtaining more than 100 signatures. Although residents have heard the arguments
for and against, those who continue to contact us remain strongly opposed to
As a board representing the neighborhood, and based on the merits of the case,
we support the residents in their opposition to the planned PRD.
We also strongly encourage residents, those we've heard from and those we
haven't - no matter what your stand is on the PRD, to attend and speak up at the
Zoning Commission public hearing on this proposal that will take place
Wednesday, August 15 at 7:30 PM at City Hall.
If you are unable to attend the hearing your comments to the Zoning Commission
can be submitted in writing prior to 5 PM on August 15. Hand-delivering a
letter to the Planning and Zoning Department at City Hall is the best way. But
you can also email your comments to the Director of P&Z, Michael Greene, at
As always, contact me if you have questions or concerns.
Laurel Lindstrom, President
Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association
The City has started bulky waste pickup in all neighborhoods. Bulk waste
collection is for residents who receive City garbage collection. Bulk waste
collection is designated by the day of the week your garbage in picked up.
Here's the schedule for Bulky Waste Collection:
Monday - Saturday, September 29, 2007
Tuesday- Saturday, July 28, 2007
Wednesday - Saturday, August 25, 2007
Thursday - Saturday, August 11, 2007
Friday - Saturday, October 13, 2007
General Information (Provided by the City of Norwalk):
Bulk waste consists of items like furniture, appliances, and other household
items that are not part of typical weekly trash pickup.
Bulky waste service is offered to residential properties only (up to six units)
Items should be neatly and orderly placed curbside by 7 AM on the
designated collection day (no more than 48 hours prior to the collection day)
not next to a mailbox, fence or utility pole. Do not block the sidewalk or any
portion of the street.
Amount of bulk waste is limited to 6 cubic yards per residential property
(approximately the size of a couch and large chair with other small items
placed on top or 6 feet long, 6 feet wide and 4 feet tall).
Bulk waste will only be collected from the residential unit where it is
generated. Do not place items on a neighbor's bulk waste pile - this is
considered illegal dumping.
Do not put out cardboard boxes, either empty or filled with other items.
Place like items together. For example, place metal items together, rugs
A bulk waste pile will be stickered or tagged and no
items will be picked up if the bulk waste guidelines are not followed. For
example, if a pile is suspected to contain hazardous waste or liquids the
entire pile will not be removed.
Laurel Lindstrom, President
Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association
If you'd like a break from the BBQ, and want to get out of the sun for awhile,
the next ENNA meeting is this Wednesday, July 11 at 7:30 PM at City Hall in Room
333. It's an opportunity for you to discuss neighborhood issues and to hear
about what's going on in the neighborhood.
The meeting agenda is now posted on the ENNA website.
Hope to see you Wednesday,
Laurel Lindstrom, President
Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association
Our summer newsletter is now posted on the ENNA website homepage at
http://eastnorwalk.org. The ENNA Board Master Plan priorities that we presented
to the Planning Commission last week are the focus of the newsletter.
Also last week the Common Council approved a third of the funding required for
the road design work on East Ave. There is funding still
required for the construction phase. The Request for Proposals (RFP) for that
phase likely won't go out from the City for another couple of years since the
State DOT isn't scheduled to start the railroad bridge work until 2010.
The ENNA board is arranging to meet with Public Works to review the project.
I'll keep you up to date on anything new.
The proposal for a Planned Residential Development (PRD) at the former FitchSchool property on Strawberry Hill Ave. was reviewed by the
Planning Commission last week. The PRD was recommended by that
Commission. But the Zoning Commission will take the final vote after holding a
public hearing - tentatively scheduled for August. The Zoning Commission
started its review of the 29-unit development last week and will continue the
review at its next meeting in July. Please contact me if you have additional
questions. Or contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 854-7780.
Many of you are asking about the demolition notices on the houses at 198 and 200 East Avenue next to the Dunkin
Donuts. I've been in contact with the owner and also the historical
community about these properties. There is no immediate plan to take the houses
down - and a 90 day delay on the demo has gone in. There may be a public
hearing. I'll get the word out if there is.
The owner by right can demolish the houses but he may agree to keep them in
place and just gut the interiors for re-use. If the houses do come down he
assures me that whatever goes in their place would be architecturally in
keeping with the historic character of East Norwalk.
Whatever happens it shouldn't come as a surprise and the owner sounds willing
to listen to anyone who has suggestions.
WESTPORT AVE. UNDERGROUND POWER LINE PROJECT:
I've been meeting with CL&P, along with other community leaders, in
preparation for the Middletown-to-Norwalk power line project that will be
starting shortly. The focus of the meetings right now is the need to set up a
'tank farm' to allow trucks to empty water that has been collected as the
trenches are dug. CL&P is looking to set up the tanks from July to November
(or longer) just south of the Wall Street bridge on the east bank of the river.
Since this location is within the Wall Street Revitalization area it would be
better if it was placed at another location. Alternate sites are still being
If you hear about issues, please contact me so that our association can
follow-up on them.
Laurel Lindstrom, President
Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association
Phone: (203) 855-7668
The Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association meets this Wednesday, June 13 at
7:30 PM at City Hall in Room 333. You're invited to join us. The agenda is
posted on the ENNA website 'Home page' at http://eastnorwalk.org.
Also, go to the 'Documents' page on the website to view the list of ENNA Master
Plan priorities that I presented to the Planning Commission at its Public
Hearing on May 30.
Some items of interest coming up this week:
1. EAST AVENUE 'IMPROVEMENTS': After almost a decade on hold, Public
Works is moving forward on designs for widening lower East Avenue (from Exit 16
to the railroad underpass) in conjunction with the work the State plans to do
in 2010 on the railroad bridge. Important is that the work proposed by Public
Works has not been approved and has not gone through public hearings as yet.
The Common Council is set to vote this Tuesday on approving moving forward on
the design work. Hal Alvord (Director of Public Works) says there will be
public hearings later. I have a call in to Hal and hope to get more details. It
may be better to have the Council hold off on approval on Tuesday - especially
since the project calls for takings of portions of private property to
accommodate the widening - until some questions are answered. After all,
there's been years of delay. Delaying another month would not hurt, and it
would definitely help if some basic questions from the public and from Council
members get answered. For more information go to the ENNA website 'In the News'
page to read an article that ran in last week's The Hour.
2. FORMER FITCH SCHOOL: The plan for a planned residential development (PRD) at this location is
back. The Planning Commission's Land Use Committee will review it on Tuesday,
and the Zoning Commission's Zoning Committee reviews it on Thursday. Both
meetings begin at 7:30 PM and are open to the public (although the public can
only listen and not speak). A public hearing will be scheduled - probably for
July or August (which is not the best time for public turnout). This was a hot
item when the ENNA invited residents to a presentation on the plan a couple of
years ago. It is still likely to be a hot item. I'll keep you informed as I
find out more. And anyone who wants to hear firsthand should attend the P&Z
meetings this week - in particular the Thursday meeting since the Zoning
Commission is the main approving body for this project.
For other items the ENNA is involved with - VeteransPark, CL&P plans,
demolition postings, etc. - learn more by attending our meeting on Wednesday,
or email or give me a call.
As always, we are looking for more of our members to get active in the
Hope to hear from you soon,
Laurel Lindstrom, President
Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association
Phone: (203) 855-7668
Plan of Conservation and
Development (Master Plan) Public Hearings on May 9 and May 30;
ENNA Regular meeting on May 9
(start time 8 PM); and
Veterans Park Public Hearing
on the proposed 36 Hole Miniature Golf and Batting Cages tentatively scheduled
for May 16 at City Hall at 6 PM (note change in start time and location). The
current word from Rec and Parks is that the public
hearing will be postponed until June if the mini-golf plan is not ready for
presentation by the May meeting.
Please contact me if you have
questions or want more information.
A quick reminder that the neighborhood cleanup is this
Saturday and the shoreline cleanup next Saturday. (See
notice below and attached map of suggested cleanup
Hope to see you for one or both of the cleanups!
Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association has organized two cleanups this spring
– a Neighborhood Cleanup on April 21 and a Shoreline Cleanup on April 28. Both
of these Saturday cleanups will run from 8:30 AM to 12 Noon. Gloves and plastic
garbage bags will be available at the designated meeting locations for each
cleanup. Also available will be fliers showing full-litter-bag drop off sites
(no large items please) and a map of the suggested cleanup sites.
The Neighborhood Cleanup
meeting location will be at City Hall in the parking area near Sunset Hill.
Volunteers can fan out north and south on East Avenue as far as the train
station and beyond – and to Strawberry Hill Ave.
The Shoreline Cleanup
meeting location is at Veterans Park. Volunteers will focus on Veterans Park
(where the ENNA will be joined by volunteers from the Norwalk River Watershed
Association and a brownie troop from Fox Run School), Constitution Park – and
Taylor Farm and Calf Pasture Beach, if there are sufficient volunteers.
Although the ENNA will
focus efforts on these locations, volunteers may have identified other areas
that need to be cleaned within the ENNA area – and are encouraged to organize
family and neighbors to use the time to clean those areas.
For more information
contact Laurel Lindstrom at (203) 855-7668 or go to http://eastnorwalk.org. The
ENNA is a participant in the Keep Norwalk Beautiful campaign. ___________________________________________________________________________
Sent April 9, 2007
meets Wed. April 11 at 7:30 PM
The monthly ENNA meeting
is this Wednesday, April 11 at 7:30 PM at City Hall in Room 333. The agenda is
posted on the ENNA website home page (link below).
Also, newly posted on the
website is our spring newsletter. You'll find details in the newsletter about
our Spring Cleanups and a Parks Planning meeting.
ENNA Neighborhood Cleanup
- Saturday, April 21, . Meet at City Hall.
ENNA Shoreline Cleanup -
Saturday, April 28, .
Meet at Veterans Park.
Parks Planning Meeting -
Wednesday, May 16, . At Mill Hill Museum
on East Wall St. Recreation and Parks Committee of the Common Council agreed to
hold meeting, at the request of the ENNA, for public throughout Norwalk to have
input into what goes into our parks. Note: this is not a public hearing
specific to the Vets Park minigolf plan - although it
can still be brought up at the meeting.
Let me know if you have
questions. Also, for anyone who plans to participate in one or both of our
Cleanups, please contact me in advance if you can volunteer to man our bag-and-glove-distribution-area
for part of the Cleanup time.
The Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association is meeting next Wednesday, March
14 at at City Hall in Room 333.
You are invited to attend.
The agenda is posted on the home page of the ENNA website at
http://eastnorwalk.org. The main topics of discussion will be Veterans Park
planned improvements and the City's Budget & neighborhood flooding.
Hope to see you there.
Laurel Lindstrom, President
Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association
Phone: (203) 855-7668
you to those of you who attended the Capital Budget Public Hearing in support
of funding fixes for neighborhood flooding – and for other funding that will
help preserve our neighborhoods. One more public hearing will be held by the
Common Council before the capital budget is approved.
Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association’s next regular meeting is this
Wednesday, February 14 at 7:30 PM at City Hall in Room 333. The agenda is
posted on the ENNA website.
other items, we will be discussing plans that have been proposed by Recreation
& Parks for Veterans Memorial Park. The ENNA Board recently met with
Mike Mocciae, Director of Rec. and Parks, to learn
more about the plans (miniature golf, batting cages, an amphitheater, etc.).
The notes from our meeting are also posted on the ENNA website.
heard from some residents in the area and the reactions are mixed. Some are
vehemently opposed to the proposed additions to the Park – and others would
like to see modifications made to the plans.
at the bottom of this email is a message from the Norwalk Fire Department
asking for assistance from you in ensuring your safety.
look forward to hearing from you. Hope to see you Wednesday.
from the City of Norwalk Fire Department: 121 Connecticut Avenue, Norwalk CT
06854. Phone: (203) 866-3313
as small as a three-inch number wouldn’t seem to be a matter of life or death,
but when it relates to an emergency response it matters very much.
Whether it is the Fire Department, Police Department or an ambulance, the
time wasted trying to locate an address number on a building could be just that,
a matter of life ore death.
is a critical four to six minute window for medical emergencies such as heart
attack or stroke victims. The same time frame applies to a fire. A room and
contents fire can reach flashover stage, when all combustibles within the room
would ignite, within four to six minutes.
City of Norwalk currently has an ordinance, 72-1, which requires a minimum of a
three-inch number to be located on a building and or a mobile home. The numbers
must be at least three inches in height, Arabic and be in a color contrasting
to the area it is affixed to. They shall be located on the top or sides of the
main entrance of the building or mobile home facing the street to which the
the building or mobile home is more than 50 feet from the street, the owner
must also number the two sides of the mailbox, post or fence or sign located in
close proximity to the street. The numbers must be visible from the street to
traffic moving in both directions.
of apartment buildings, condominiums or other multi-building residential
complexes shall number each building in a location and format approved by the
Fire Marshal. This applies to residential and commercial buildings within the
City of Norwalk.
can see why numbering can be so critical to the life safety of the citizens of
Tomorrow night at the Capital Budget Public Hearing residents from Olmstead,
Buckingham and Lockwood will be asking the Planning Commission to fund the
improvements that they need to help alleviate flooding on their property and in
They are asking everyone who wants to lend support to attend.
The public hearing is Wednesday at 7 PM at City Hall in the first floor
Wednesday, December 13 from 7 PM to 8:30 PM in Room A333 at City Hall the
Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association is hosting a
discussion 'Finding Solutions to Neighborhood Flooding'.
Alvord, Director of Public Works, will present options and budgetary
considerations. Q&A and discussion will follow.
meeting will focus primarily on areas within the ENNA boundaries. Several
streets within our association area suffer from repeated flooding that has
resulted in property damage and distress for the residents. State and
City officials have been invited to attend.
regular ENNA meeting will follow, starting at 8:30 PM.
presentation at ENNA mtg. - Wed. at 7:30 PM
Seligson properties is
presenting its revised development plan for West Ave. at the ENNA
monthly meeting. They are first on the agenda at 7:30 PM, followed by a public
question and answer period. Even though the plan area is outside the ENNA
boundaries, it is a large enough development that it will have an impact on all
of Norwalk. During the past several months the ENNA Board, along with other
neighborhood associations in Norwalk, has influenced positive changes in
the proposed plan
meeting is at City Hall Room A333 Wednesday, November 8 at 7:30 PM. The agenda
is posted on the ENNA website.
The mission of the
Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association includes fostering the preservation of
historic resources and the residential character of the neighborhood. Since the
Grumman St. John House at 93 East Avenue is located within the boundaries of
our association – and is a significant historic asset that would enhance our
neighborhood if it is restored – we support saving the house at its current
Below is information
provided by ENNA Advisory Board Member on historic matters and Norwalk
Preservation Trust Board Member, Marija
Bryant, about the upcoming public hearing.
come to the public hearing about the proposed demolition of 93 East Avenue --
the Grumman St.John house -- on Wednesday,
November 1 at 7:30 PM in the Community Room of City Hall.
Grumman- St. John house is an extremely historically significant building
in a National Register District and Village District. Maybe Washington
didn't sleep there, but the patriots that fought off Tryon most certainly trod
that sacred ground in 1779.
an important part of our history and -- as you can see from the link -- can be
put to excellent use as a historic Inn. If a major chain like the Hampton Inn
sees value and economic return from a historic inn, why can't our local Norwalk
Inn? The Hampton Inn Col Alto has been doing great business for 10 years with a
blended solution of restored historic building and modern motel. It could work
here...please support an alternative to demolition.
Westport Ave. Corridor Study - Thurs. at - Presentation
Main and Westport Avenue Corridor Study and Plan - which will become part
of the City's Master Plan once it is approved - is being presented this
Thursday, October 26 at 7:30 PM at City Hall in the Common Council Chambers on
the 3rd floor.
consultants - Phillips, Preiss, Shapiro, Inc. of
- will present their findings and recommendations to the Advisory Committee at
meeting and to the public at a Public Gathering.
meetings are open to the public - and there will be an opportunity for the
public to ask questions and comment on the plan following the presentation.
The consultants will then revise the plan based on these comments.
copy of the plan is available for public review in the P&Z office at
City Hall. You can contact Michael Wrinn, Assistant
Director Planning and Zoning Department at 854-7780.
since I am a member of the Advisory Committee representing the
Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association, let me hear from you if there
are concerns that you want addressed.
is a significant study that will direct future zone changes, development and
traffic projects along the Westport Ave. and Main Ave. corridors.
is your time to weigh in on how our neighborhoods are impacted by future
next meeting of the Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association is Wednesday,
October 11 at
at City Hall in Room A333. You're welcome to attend and to participate.
The agenda is now posted on the ENNA website.
newly posted on the ENNA website is the Fall 'Sea to the Green' newsletter.
Both can be found on the homepage.
- Governor's Priorities for Early Childhood Education
October 5 Forum that Cathy DeCesare of United Way
contacted me about sounds like something some of you may want to attend.
Flyer is attached. I've also posted it on the ENNA website at http://eastnorwalk.org.
"'Laurel Lindstrom'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Listening Forum - Governor's Priorities for Early Childhood
We are part of an effort
to get feedback back to the Governor’s Cabinet on the subject of Early
Childhood Education priorities.
I have attached the flyer
for the Listening Forum we have scheduled for Oct 5.
If you can get the word
out I would appreciate it.
are several items that the ENNA continues to follow. Many of these we will
provide updates about in our Fall newsletter which should be
posted on the ENNA website by next week. I'll send you another bulletin when
is for those of you who want to have a say about the development at
the old Fitch School/Lea Manor site at 73 Strawberry Hill Avenue
(next to the Fitch Playground, just south of the I-95).
Conservation Commission Public Hearing is scheduled for this Tuesday, September
at City Hall in Room 331. Before the public speaks the developer will
present the proposed plan. The plan has to go before the
Conservation Commission for approval because the property drains into the pond
(wetland area) behind the site. Your comments need to be specific to
plan currently is calling for 29 townhouse condos in a Planned Residential
Zoning Commission also will hold a Public Hearing (not yet scheduled). In
addition to approving the site plan, the Zoning Commission will need to approve
(approve an amendment to the zoning regulations to increase the cap on the
number of PRD
units allowed) before the PRD
can by built. If the Zoning Commission denies the PRD then the developer can 'by
right' construct a cul-de-sac with single-family homes.
comments can also be submitted in writing prior to the public hearing.
Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association has continued to hold monthly
meetings - but it's mostly stayed quiet with not much going on.
couple things coming up this week:
For those of you
following the development plans
at the old Fitch School site (73
Strawberry Hill Avenue), the revised plan will be presented and discussed
at the Conservation Commission meeting Tuesday, August 22. The meeting
starts at 6 PM at City Hall in Room 231. The Plan Review
Committee of the Zoning Commission with likely have it
on its September 14th agenda for presentation and
discussion. Both these meetings are open to the public but are
not for public participation. Public Hearings are yet to be
The First ever 'Surf City' Block Party (on Main Street from Hoyt
Street to Wall Street) will be
held Thursday, August 24 from 6 PM to 10 PM. The local merchants
organized the event to celebrate future revitalization of the area. The
public is invited. Since this section of the Wall Street area is within
the boundaries of the ENNA, I am getting the word out. More details
of the event are posted on the ENNA website Calendar Page.
next ENNA meeting is September 13 at 7:30 PM at City Hall in Room A333.
Meeting minutes are posted on our website - and an agenda for the September
meeting will be posted about a week in advance.
I received the
following email from Sharon Cadden who heads up the
Norwalk High School parents group. Looks like an important vote will be taken
on the Norwalk High School Improvement Project at Tuesday's Council meeting.
know that you just sent out your email - but for those concerned about the
schools in our area ... maybe you would be willing to send out the information.
Eastern Norwalk Residents concerned about schools in our area,
Tuesday, June 13th,
there is a Common Council Meeting at 8:00 P.M.We need to
have representatives from the various parent groups, who support moving forward
with the Norwalk High School Building Renovation, attend the Common
Council meeting. We need them to sign up to speak and ask the Common
Council members to vote yes to ...
Authorize the Mayor, Richard A. Moccia, to execute an
amendment to O&G Industries, Inc.s Construction
Management contract for the construction phase (including pre-construction
phase services and allowances for roofing and mechanical work) of the Norwalk
High School Improvement Project for a total not-to-exceed ($31,286,350). Acct
Establish an allowance for Owners Contingency in the amount of $1,700,000.
Authorize the NFCC to issue change orders on contract for a total not to exceed
the Owners Contingency Allowance.
This is critical to the successful start of the work this summer,
and it is critical that this be approved it we have any hope to stay on
schedule with the project as it is outlined. Greg Burnett, Paul Arcario and I have all been to several of the meetings
related to this resolution so we can answer any questions at the Monday PNHS
meeting at 7:00 in the library. We invite anyone (parents, student,
guardian, alumni) who might be willing to speak at the Common
Council meeting to come and hear more about it that night at the PNHS
volunteers!? We need your help
- this is your chance to help make a difference!
are the most current updates for the ENNA neighborhoods - and other
development application (for a zoning amendment to allow housing
on the site and for the site plan) was denied last week at a Special
Meeting of the Zoning Commission. The developers can submit a
new plan for housing and a new request for zone change - but public
hearings will again be scheduled by the Conservation Commission and the
Zoning Commission before any decisions are made. Last week's Hour article
is posted on the In the News Page of the ENNA website at http://eastnorwalk.org/ENNAintheNews.htm
Former Lea Manor/Fitch School regular maintenance is being neglected by the owner. Last year,
representing the ENNA, I had contacted them and eventually got
results (occasional mowing). This time, after a long period of neglected
maintenance, Senator Bob Duff got involved - and the owner
has agreed to keep the property better maintained. Thanks to Bob for
his assistance. Note: I was in touch with P&Z last week. No
application for any housing plan has been submitted as of yet.
Zoning and the Master Plan are in
need of attention. All neighborhood associations throughout Norwalk
are being impacted by the lack of a current master plan - and zoning that
allows inappropriate development. Today's Hour article is
posted on the In the News Page of the ENNA website at http://eastnorwalk.org/ENNAintheNews.htm In
an attempt to bring attention to zoning concerns the Spring
Hill/Hospital Area Neighborhood Association (SHHA) is circulating a
petition. The petition is posted under CNNA on the Calendar Page of the
ENNA website at http://eastnorwalk.org/enna_calendar1.htm
Veterans Park - parking
concerns resulting from the $5 fee for nonresidents to park at Veterans
Park were discussed further at the Mayor's Neighborhood Preservation
Committee (MNPC) meeting last Wednesday. Following the last ENNA
Bulletin that I sent, I received email from you concerned about effects of
additional changes to parking regulations - such as requiring a 'residents
sticker' to park on area streets. It turns out that this change had
not been made. But following the discussion of this ENNA item introduced
at the MNPC meeting, it was decided that signs would be placed on Seaview restricting commercial vehicles from
parking. This will eliminate bus parking on Seaview.
The positive changes that we have seen from the addition of the $5 fee are
worth it. Apart from the revenue to the City, the park has become a
safer friendlier place for area residents to visit. Note: At the MNPC
meeting I also introduced several other issues that were sent to
me in emails from you.
Customer Service Center at City Hall is a resource to keep in mind. You can phone 854-3200
or email email@example.com.
Information such as a street sign that has been knocked over, a
vacant lot used for dumping, a commercial truck
regularly parked on a residential street overnight, or a
car parked on a sidewalk - or on a front lawn - are problems that can be
reported to the service center. For broader or more significant
neighborhood issues, please continue to contact the ENNA so that we can
help have these issues addressed.
More participating ENNA membersare needed. From the emails and phone calls I
receive I know that there are dozens of you who care about the
neighborhood. But we need this caring to be translated into
participation in the form of attending meetings and
volunteering to take on assignments/tasks. Please contact me.
this Memorial day weekend, I wish you all happy summer days ahead!
this bulletin I've included an email communication I received recently from an
ENNA member who lives near Veterans Park. He has information regarding
parking restrictions to pass on to residents that may be affected by
ENNA was in favor of the fee for nonresidents at Veterans Park that was
recently approved. But I attended the Common Council meeting to address
the council and Mayor before they approved it. At that time I asked that
the area be monitored for exactly the problem that is now occurring.
Fortunately, the Mayor acted on the ENNA request that additional
enforcement and methods to prevent inconvenience for residents be instituted.
Mr. Arthur Santella 45 Seaview Ave.
Laurel, I am dropping you this note to ask you to please include a
small notice in the next bulletin. VeteransPark is now charging
for out of town parking. There is now another problem, and that is that
out of towners are now filling all the parking spots
Ave including the NO PARKING
AREAS. Today 12 buses were parked on Seaview Avenue
so as to avoid the $5 fee. The fee to use VeteransPark will control
a lot of the problems that plagued that park for decades in the
past. The mayor has come up with a plan to help police enforce
those trying to get away with not paying the park fee, and that is that if you
park in the immediate vicinity of Veterans park you must have a beach sticker
on your car. He has said to try to get this info out to as many residents
as possible, and if by accident a ticket is given to a resident it will be
handled. If this problem is nipped in the bud it can be controlled,
if let go, it will have buses, trucks and transients parking along our East
just left the Conservation Commission meeting where a vote was taken on the 8 Norden Place application for 273 housing units. The
commissioners were thorough in their review of the information presented and
took seriously their charge to protect the wetlands (seven wetlands on this
voted 6 to 1 to deny the application because there was no
evidence that the wetlands would not be harmed by the development -
and no alternative plan was presented showing less damage to the wetlands.
applicant can resubmit another plan. When and if that occurs the
public will have an opportunity to review and comment on the new plan at a
the proposed development, very few of us were aware of this
large piece of Open Space in our own back yard. And it's close
proximity to the I-95 increases it's value rather than decreases
it because it helps filter and buffer the noise and the exhaust,
protecting the surrounding dense residential neighborhoods. We need
to preserve all the open space we can.
very few of us knew of the existence of the wetlands and
watercourses at this location. The Conservation Commissioners who voted to
deny this application deserve our thanks for taking the time to do
what it takes to protect our environment.
Fwd: bring your
photos and bring yourselves to Scan Day...
is an email from Marija Bryant about Scan Day for the
Wall Street area. Since the E. Wall Street area is within our neighborhood
association boundaries I have attended the committee meetings in preparation
for Scan Day. The Scrapbook is a wonderful project that will help preserve and
recreate the history of Wall Street.
Scan Day? It's a request for pre-flood photos, maps, postcards, and other
memorabilia of Wall Street. The items will be scanned and
returned (unharmed). The images will become part of
"Wall Street Scrapbooks: A Visual Guide for Historically Compatible
Redevelopment" The event is sponsored by Norwalk Redevelopment with the
cooperation of the Historical Commission and the Historical Society.
will be available! Bring Your Photos! If you're out
of town and have photos, call me and we'll figure out a way to get them here,
scan them, and return them.
you don't have photos, bring yourself! We desperately need volunteers to help with
refreshment, provide information, and greet folks as they come in.
May 20th 10 AM to 3 PM. WHERE: Room A 300 at NorwalkCity Hall.
you can volunteer a few hours on Saturday, May 20th, please call Marija Bryant, 853 7495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
We desperately need people to help make this event a success.
the Scan Day flyer with the information. If you would like hard copies to
distribute to your neighbors, please call or email me and I'll
drop some off.
for distributing this information to your association. We hope to get a great
Cleanup yesterday on East Avenue in the vicinity of
the East Norwalk train station (south to Van Zant
Street, around the cemetery and north to the I-95) was very successful.
Thank you to the dozen volunteers who took time on a Saturday morning to
pick up trash in our neighborhood.
next ENNA meeting is this Wednesday, May 10 at 7:30 PM at
City Hall in Room A333. The agenda is posted on our website home page. I
hope to see you there! Everyone is welcome to participate.
The Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association has been very busy this year.
And we've been successful in getting done what we set out to do.
Neighborhood Cleanup. On Saturday
morning ten ENNA volunteers each worked from 2 to 4 hours
picking up litter on city streets near I-95 (East Avenue,
Strawberry Hill Avenue, Beacon Street and a portion of Sunset Hill
Avenue) resulting in 20 bags of trash and an assortment of other
larger items such as tires and scrap metal. Thank you to all
who helped make the day a success! If you were unable to make it to the Cleanup we just
held,we have another Cleanup scheduled for Saturday,
May 6 starting at 9 AM. Meet on East Avenue near the entry to the East
Norwalk Train Station.
Traffic Calming for Strawberry
Hill Avenue. The ENNA held a SHA traffic forum, got 40 signatures on
a petition and presented it to the City asking for more to be done to calm
traffic on SHA, contacted Council members and spoke at a couple of
public hearings this spring asking that $80,000 be approved for a traffic
calming study and design for SHA. We succeeded! An item that
would not have been approved by the City without ENNA involvement was
approved. An article in the April 21 Norwalk Citizen-News best describes
our role. The article is posted on the ENNA website on the 'In the
News' page - and also included at the end of this email.
Improvements. The ENNA received word earlier this year from the
Norwalk Redevelopment Agency that we had been successful in our
request for funding for studies and design for improvements to
Liberty Square. We will receive up to $30,000 if we provide
matching funds. So far we have succeeded in having the Third
Taxing District (owner of ConstitutionPark within Liberty Square) approve $1,000 toward
receipt of NRA matching funds and have received one cash
donation. Since we need to provide the NRA with a minimum
of $5,000 before a consultant can be hired, we have not been able to move
forward as yet. We hope to help preserve the wonderful historic
shops and make the location a more attractive place for area
residents to visit. All contributions are tax deductible. Please
consider contributing. At this time there is no deadline for using the
funds. But at some point the NRA may set one. It would be a shame
to lose this funding because of lack of active support from the East Norwalk
Norden Place. The ENNA has been very involved
in the proceedings related to the proposed condominium development. Right
now the Conservation Commission is reviewing all the information from the
public hearing and the developer's reports before making a decision
whether or not to approve the 273 units. That decision will likely
be made at the May 9th meeting. I have been fortunate to have been able to
attend a couple of one-day seminars this year about Connecticut Zoning and
Land Use. It's helped considerably in my understanding of State
Statutes that outline requirements for the Zoning Commission and the
Conservation Commission - and what the courts are looking for in
the records if the application is denied by our City Commissions and
the developer appeals the decision. For Conservation, the court
will be looking for expert testimony. Fortunately, the City hired an
expert on wetlands whose report is on record along with the reports from
the developer's experts. The Conservation Commission is attempting
to clarify some of what its expert has said. This needs to
happen so that it is clear in the record that the wetlands will be
harmed by the size of the development currently proposed. From what
they said at the meeting they held last week it was clear to me that most
of the Conservation Commissioners believe the wetlands will be harmed
if the development goes forward as proposed.
West Avenue. ENNA board members were
instrumental, individually and through the Coalition of Norwalk Neighborhood
Associations, in downsizing the plans for West Avenue so that it would be
a development that would work for Norwalk. We are now looking forward to
the Common Council approving the plan at its next Council meeting, and in
working with the City and the designated developer as the site plans are
drafted. Right now the approval is conceptual so there will be
plenty of opportunity for us to have input into the specifics of design,
etc. Very exciting!
Billboards, Trees, Slow Down
Days, Adopt-a-Spots, Sea to the Green newsletter, monthly meetings and
The ENNA is working on a number of other issues that involve: an effort to
have the billboards removed on the east side of East Avenue near
the train station; saving trees and adding additional street
trees; participating in the City's Slow Down Days (one week finished and
another coming up soon); maintaining our Adopt-a-Spots (one on East Avenue
in front of City Hall and one on SHA at Tierney); quarterly newsletter
production; and more. We always need more volunteers and member
participation & contributions. We do what we can do based on available
funds and volunteers. We recommend a household contribution of $25
annually (made out to the ENNA and sent to 6 Walnut Avenue, Norwalk
CT 06851). And remember that all contributions are tax deductible.
We also would love to have you attend our meetings which are held monthly
at City Hall in Room A333 on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:30PM.
Next meeting is May 10th.
It took a petition, a neighborhood traffic forum and a consistent message, but
supporters of a traffic calming study for Strawberry Hill Avenue got what they
wanted; and sooner than expected.
of the Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association got the attention of the Common
Council by documenting traffic accidents on the busy street and showing photos
to members of the council's Planning Committee.
request by the ENNA to fund the study came as the council was preparing to vote
on the capital budget for fiscal year 2006-07. Not only did the council
vote unanimously on April 11 to appropriate $80,000 for the study: it also
approved the funds for the current fiscal year; so work on the study can begin
President Laurel Lindstrom said the approval for the study wasn't a
council priority and "without neighborhood baking," funding for such
projects isn't always supported. She said the traffic problems were "just
below the radar screen" for public works officials: "For the last
three months, we really entirely focused on bringing [the situation] to their
attention." Lindstrom added.
strategy worked. At last week's meeting, council member Fred Bondi, D-District C, said he would "like to see
additional traffic lights on Strawberry Hill: it's a greatly used
street." He added: "There are three schools on that street; and
the traffic is very heavy before and after school."
High, Nathan Hale Middle and Naramake Elementary
schools are all located near the intersection of Tierney Street and Strawberry
Hill Avenue. "Children cross the street there, and it's a dangerous
intersection." said council member Nicholas Kydes,
R-District C, noting that he would like that to be a "priority area"
for the study.
area of concern is the sharp curve near Roxbury Road. Dave Park, who lived at
66 Strawberry Hill Ave. since 1985, said "the southbound traffic late at
night" often includes motorists who are going too fast. "They wipe
out on Roxbury Road, and telephone poles get knocked down," he said,
adding that "early on a Sunday morning, you hear the crashes. I have had
to go out and comfort many an accident victim over the years."
would like to see Strawberry Hill Avenue narrowed, to control the speed of
traffic. He also believes "passing on the right would be cut
down" if the road were narrowed.
member Matthew Miklave, D-At Large, also discussed
the concerns about the curve near Roxbury Road. "That one curve is
always a problem at night." He believes Strawberry Hill Avenue will
be "an excellent test candidate to see how changes can be applied in other
said some possible solutions to speeding and unsafe passing could be "curb
extensions that bulge out" and make the lanes more narrow.
"It's a very wide road with an incline, and it makes people go faster.
there are not a lot of lights compared with East Avenue. It's
difficult to go less than 40 [mph] unless you tap your brakes going
Bondi added. "We have
to slow traffic a little bit, so we don't have a fatality."
requested capital budget for 2007-08 includes $1.58 million for implementing
traffic calming solutions on Strawberry Hill Avenue.
knows the improvements will cost millions of dollars. "But these
projects can be funded with grants," she sad, citing as an example the
federal Safe Routes To Schools program. "The street is a perfect
candidate for that," she said.
Cleanup Saturday April 29 - and May 6
Cleanups are set for this Saturday - and next.
Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association will be participating in the City-wide
Cleanups scheduled on the next two Saturdays. Please come and join us as we
clean litter from neighborhood streets and parks. We need your help.
Saturday, April 29 the ENNA will meet at 8 AM at City Hall near the
Sunset Hill Avenue entry. We will fan out
from there: east along Beacon Street to
Strawberry Hill Avenue and south to the I-95; and west along Sunset Hill Avenue
and south down East Avenue to the I-95. Time permiting
- and if we have enough volunteers - we'll clean litter from the residential
streets that run along the I-95, on both the north and south sides, near East
Avenue and near Strawberry Hill Avenue.
will be three Drop-off Sites for full bags of litter for the ENNA on
Corner of Beacon
and Sunset Hill on the City Hall side of the street
Hill Avenue at the entry to Fitch Playground
Avenue at the commuter parking area near East Avenue and the I-95
City has supplied us with gloves and plastic garbage bags to distrubute to volunteers.
Saturday, May 6 the ENNA will meet at 9 AM near the East Norwalk
Train Station on East Avenue. We'll be picking up
litter near the historic cemetery, in Ludlow Shopping Center and along East
Avenue. The ENNA Litter Drop-off Site on that day will be on East Avenue near
the entry to the train station.
help in the Cleanup effort. If you are able to participate on both days -
terrific! Or if you can only particate on
one of the days, that also will be a big help.
if you want to get out and pick up litter on your own street - or on another
street in your neighborhood - that's just as good. You can leave the full
bags at the ENNA Drop-off Sites - or dispose of them on your own.
Norden Place hearing
Tues at 7PM, ENNA meets Wed at 7:30PM
continuation of the Conservation Commission public hearing is tomorrow
evening starting at 7 PM at City Hall in the first floor Community Room.
The developer presents first. The public then gets to speak.
HEARINGS – Continuation to begin at 7:00 pm
a) #S05-239 – 8 Norden Place - Norden
Place, LLC – Construction of a multi-unit (273 units) residential complex with
associated stormwater drainage, grading and
landscaping in and adjacent to wetlands and watercourses
a) #S05-239 – 8 Norden Place - Norden
Place, LLC – Construction of a multi-unit (273 units) residential complex with
associated stormwater drainage, grading and
landscaping in and adjacent to wetlands and watercourses
the start of this hearing on Feb 28, the applicant (developer) has submitted a
slightly revised plan. There are 55 less condominium units (now at 273).
This revision was made so there would be space to add 7 detention ponds
that will prevent rainwater drainage from going directly into the
wetlands. Townhouses and Town-over-Towns replace 2 of the midrises. My understanding is that the disturbance to
the wetlands will be the same or greater with the new plan, as compared to
you are able to attend - terrific! If not, you can submit letters to the
Conservation Commission through the Chief Environmental Officer - Alexis Cherichetti. The simplest way to get a letter to her
is by email at email@example.com.
The sooner the better. And no later than 4 or 5 PM tomorrow.
regular monthly meeting is this Wednesday, April 12 at 7:30 PM at City Hall in
Room A333. The agenda is posted on the ENNA website at http://eastnorwalk.org.
Hope to see you there.
items are on the agenda. I want to give you a heads-up about the Neighborhood
Spring Cleanups. The Citywide Cleanups are scheduled on 2
days this year. The ENNA will be participating in both. Saturday, April
29 is the Cleanup Day for north of the I-95. Saturday, May 6 is for south of
the I-95. Public Works will supply plastic bags and
gloves. They will be picking up the full bags the following day at drop-off
locations. So, between now and the Cleanup Day we'll designate 2 or 3
bag-drop-off locations to be used for each Cleanup Day. Please contact
me if you will be participating, where you will be picking up litter - and if
you need bags and gloves.
April 4 at 7 PM in the Council Chambers at City Hall the
Planning Committee of the Common Council is holding a Capital Budget public
hearing. The item that the ENNA is focusing our efforts on for funding is
the request from Public Works for Traffic Calming design for Strawberry Hill Avenue.
At present zero dollars of the $80,000 requested have been recommended for
15 Council members are the ones who will decide. They can decide to fully
fund the item. Please consider speaking at the public hearing, or emailing the
members of the Council (see email addresses below) ASAP, to urge them to
approve funding for this item.
The Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood
Association (ENNA) recommends that traffic calming be an integral part of
planning for improvements and maintaining roads in Norwalk.
The Common Council – starting with the
2001-2002 Capital Budget – has annually approved $100,000 for traffic calming.
I am asking that you continue to recognize that ongoing funding for traffic
calming projects is an essential component of road maintenance.
I am, therefore, asking you to approve
$80,000 under the category of Public Works – line item ‘Traffic Calming – Strawberry Hill Avenue’ toward Traffic Calming study and design.
Currently zero dollars have been
recommended toward traffic calming in this year’s budget. This is unacceptable.
I have listed important points below
specific to the need for funding traffic calming.
1. Public Works has requested
$125,000 for a Citywide Traffic Management Plan in this Capital Budget. I
understand that the Planning Commission recommended only $25,000 toward this
item because Public Works plans to use $100,000 of the $213,000 left over from
capital funds approved in prior years for traffic calming. Has the Council
discussed this? It’s important to be aware that the Traffic Management
Plan is not a Traffic Calming Plan. Public Works, in its
documentation states the consequences of not funding this item as,
"increased deterioration of quality of life and road rage".What does this mean? Will the
improvements keep cars moving so quickly that drivers won't be
upset? Is the improved quality of life meant for road rage
sufferers? What is in the plan for traffic calming? Is the Traffic
Management Plan’s goal to speed traffic so that road rage sufferers’ quality of
life improves? Although a citywide traffic management plan should prove
beneficial it should not be categorized as traffic calming. It should not be
funded with previously approved traffic calming dollars unless there is proof
of a strong traffic calming component within the plan. And, regardless, it
should not be funded in lieu of funding traffic calming this year.
Additionally, if funding is allocated for this item, the RFQ and RFP need to
require inclusion of evidence of innovative and effective traffic calming
strategies in the consultant selection process – and in every part of the plan.
The goal should not be just to move traffic more efficiently – meaning
faster. Also, important to keep in mind is that even if traffic
calming components are included in the Citywide Traffic Management Plan, the
plan won’t provide enough detailed planning to substitute for studies on
individual streets and at specific intersections.
2. There is more to traffic
calming than speed humps. Speed humps do work and are effective on
some streets. But there are many more engineering treatments that can be
used for traffic calming. Unfortunately, without these treatments in place to
point out as examples, it is difficult to visualize. Conversely, potholes
are visible and impossible to ignore. What isn’t visible, such as traffic
calming, is more difficult to imagine or define. Yet, the negative
effects from speeding are what residents complain about most. Speeding
and the lack of effective traffic calming result in eroding safety and deteriorating
quality of life in our neighborhoods.
3. We need to keep the
momentum going. If a year goes by without funding traffic calming, it
will be more difficult to get it approved in future years.
Why you should approve funding for the
Strawberry Hill Avenue Traffic Calming item:
1. There has been a lot of
talk about there being more to traffic calming than speed humps. I challenge
you to prove it by funding an engineering design for traffic calming projects
other than speed humps.
2. A completed study and
design will increase the chances of securing grant funding for the construction
phase. With the anticipated new position of Grants Coordinator, this
is an ideal time to fund the design. The Public Works documentation states as
the implications of not funding this item as, “Federal funds often become
available for projects that are designed and ready to bid. By having a design,
we may have the opportunity to secure construction funds that are fully
reimbursable”. Additionally, I suggest that one of the grants sought be through
the Safe Routes to School program. Some of the identified improvements could
also be funded in fiscally manageable phases in future capital budget
3. There are 3 schools
located on Strawberry Hill Avenue–
NorwalkHigh School, NaramakeElementary School and NathanHaleMiddle School. The large number of children and
their safety needs make this street a priority for traffic calming.
4. Strawberry Hill Avenue, even with the addition striping and
signage, remains a road where drivers routinely speed. Various other recommendations and plans
are underway to add traffic improvements to Strawberry Hill Avenue. Until a traffic calming study
has been done for the entire road, it could be a waste of money to fund
band-aid or hodge-podge improvements. The design needs to include school
zones and to follow standards of ‘Safe Routes to School’. It also needs to find
effective ways to slow traffic during the night and during non-school hours.
5. Recent events make the
need clear. For several years the ENNA has heard complaints from residents
living on Strawberry
and its adjoining streets, about speeding and dangerous driving on Strawberry Hill Avenue. As a result, the ENNA held a
public Traffic Safety Forum for Strawberry Hill Avenue on March 8 of this year with the Mayor,
Police Chief, Public Works Director and Public Works Traffic Engineer on the
panel to present information and answer questions. Residents came out in
the dozens to voice their frustration at the unresolved traffic safety
problems. The ENNA had a petition available for signatures that asked for
additional traffic improvements on Strawberry Hill Avenue. Without any door-to-door
circulation, or other method of gaining additional signatures, we easily
obtained a couple of dozen signatures. A head-on collision, clearly the
result of speeding, occurred late in the evening on Strawberry Hill Avenue in the middle of Slow Down Days week. The
accident, fortunately with no deaths or serious injury, made our point.
6. Education and
enforcement are an important part of traffic calming but don’t work on everyone
and aren’t in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Engineering, especially
on a street such as Strawberry Hill Avenue, with its three schools and topography
that encourages speeding, is badly needed. Once the traffic calming projects
are complete at this location, Strawberry Hill Avenue can be a showcase for effective traffic
calming strategies – a concrete visible example of what’s possible.
Once again, I urge you on behalf of the
Board of Directors, and other members of the Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood
Association, to approve the full funding of the Strawberry Hill Avenue Traffic
Conference SHHA Needs your support! April 3rd
Hello All,The zoning regulations that will allow the construction
of warehouse-style condo buildings in a residential
neighborhood in the Spring Hill/Hospital Area will allow
it in neighborhoods in many sections of Norwalk. As
we have seen in eastern Norwalk even vigilance on the part of the neighborhood association doesn't
always prevent overdevelopment and inappropriate development
from happening. Today's New York Times Real Estate
section profiles East Norwalk - and mentions the ENNA and our concern with the proposed Norden Place development affecting City services and
infrastructure (increased traffic and children in the schools) . More on Norden Place later...Monday at on Stuart
below) is a time to come out and show that neighbors throughout Norwalk care about what happens in our neighborhoods.-LaurelLaurel
Lindstrom, PresidentEasternNorwalk Neighborhood AssociationDiana Paladinowrote:
Date: Fri, 31
Mar 2006 -0800 (PST)
From: Diana Paladino
Subject: PRESS CONFERENCE-STUART AVE TO BE DEMO-WE NEED YOU!
I WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT IF
YOU COULD ATTEND. PLEASE DISTRIBUTE THIS EMAIL TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD GROUP...
As many of you may of heard. We have received confirmation that the three
remaining structures on Stuart Avenue will be demolished. It is my understanding that five
site plans were placed on file which do not include the three structures. I am
sure you will learn tomorrow in the papers.
THE SPRINGHILLHOSPITALAREA NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION IS CALLING A PRESS CONFERENCE
ON MONDAY APRIL 3, 2006 AT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE DEVELOPMENT SITE ON STUART AVENUE.
I AM ASKING THAT ALL OF YOU ATTEND AND PLEASE ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO ATTEND
AS WELL. STUART AVENUE IS NOT JUST A SHHA ISSUE BUT A CITYWIDE ISSUE. OVERDEVELOPMENT IS GREATLY
AFFECTING OUR CITYAND WE MUST DEMONSTRATE THIS CONCERN IN
NUMBERS. PLEASE COME SHOW YOUR SUPPORT ON MONDAY-BRING THE KIDS, THE DOGS AND THE NEIGHBORS. I HOPE THAT WE WILL
HAVE A GREAT ATTENDANCE FROM THE ENTIRE NORWALK COMMUNITY!!! IF YOU HAVE ANY
QUESTIONS PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT ME. MANY THANKS, DIANA PALADINO
Diana Paladino 30
Leuvine Street Norwalk, CT06850
Everyone: Happy first day of Spring! The ENNA Spring 'Sea' To The
Green newsletter is now posted on the homepage of the ENNA website at http://eastnorwalk.org. Our feature article is on the history
of Liberty Square. Best,Laurel Laurel Lindstrom, PresidentEastern
Norwalk Neighborhood AssociationPhone: (203)
Bulletin - Slow Down Days, Norden Place and...
Slow Down Days - The
week of March 20 - 26 is a time for all of us to keep an eye on our
speedometers and then ease off the gas. Slow down and smell the
roses - and at the same time it could mean preventing an accident.
We all agree that speeding is a problem in Norwalk. We have
differing opinions on what's needed to fix the problem. But this week
is the time for each one of us to think about how we contribute
to the problem - and then change how we do things so that we can make it
better. To get the word out to others - please make signs for your
front yards. The message can be as simple as 'Slow Down' - or as
creative as you want. Just get involved. Participation is the key.
Norden Place update - Thank you to
everyone who attended the Zoning Commission public hearing, and wrote
letters. The Conservation Commission held its public hearing
already, but continued it to March 28 at 7 PM to hear the applicant's
rebuttal and to ask questions (public can attend but can't speak).
The Zoning Commission is the board that makes the decision as to whether
the zoning amendment goes through as requested by the applicant - and
whether the 328 condominium units get built. The public can't
comment further on this project - unless the Zoning Commission denies the
zoning amendment. Then the applicant would likely reapply with a modified
application. And the process would begin again - including public
hearings. We likely won't know before May.
'Sea' to the Green newsletter - our Spring newsletter is on its way. It will soon be
posted on the ENNA website. I will send another Bulletin to notify
you when it's published and on the website. We are looking for
members for a Sea to the Green committee that's responsible for
the quarterly publication. Please contact Sarah Hunter by phone at
(203) 838-2280 - or by email at Sarah@HunterCreative.net
- if you would like to become a member, write an article, contribute
a photo or offer suggestions.
Safety Forum Wed at 8 PM, ENNA meeting at 7:30 PM
Everyone: The ENNA is holding our monthly meeting this Wednesday, March 8 at
7:30 PM at City Hall in Room A333. You are invited to attend.
We will try to get through our regular business items by 8 PM for the
start of the Traffic Safety Forum. If not, we'll finish up after the
forum. The ENNA is hosting a Traffic Safety Forum for Strawberry Hill Avenue on
Wednesday, March 8 at 8 PM in Room A333. Police Chief Harry
Rilling, Director of Public Works Hal Alvord and Traffic Engineer Fred Eshraghi will be attending to provide information and
answer questions. This is an excellent opportunity to hear from officials who
are responsible for road safety and enforcement, and for you to ask questions
and offer suggestions. Strawberry Hill Avenue is a main corridor that
runs through our neighborhood association area. Speeding is a major problem,
and particularly disturbing because of the large number of schools and risk of
injury to students. Even if you don't live on Strawberry Hill Avenue, or
one of the streets which connects with it, you are likely to drive it
frequently to get from one place to another. So, this forum is important for
everyone to attend. The meeting agenda is posted on the ENNA website
at http://eastnorwalk.org. See you Wednesday!Laurel Laurel Lindstrom,
presidentEastern Norwalk Neighborhood AssociationPhone: (203) 855-7668Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite:
Mon. at 7 PM on Norden Place development - March 6
more of us who speak at the hearing and write letters, the better.
am sending this reminder that the Zoning Commission public hearing on the Norden Place development is Monday, March 6 at 7 PM in
the Concert Hall at Norwalk City Hall.
8 Norden Place is the only thing on the meeting
agenda, there are actually two items for public hearing. The first is the
request by the applicant (the developer - Norden
Place, LLC) for a zoning text amendment to allow multi-family housing on the
site - some of the buildings 4-stories in height. The second is for a
special permit to build the 328 unit condominium development.
ENNA's concern is with the density of the project and
the resulting negative impacts on quality of life, on residential character
and on the environment.
participation is important. Use your own experiences to tell the Zoning
Commission how the proposed development is too dense.
you are unable to attend, please write a letter to the Zoning Commission.
The letter can be emailed to Michael Greene, Director of Planning and Zoning (email@example.com)
or hand-delivered to City Hall P&Z office on the second floor. The
letter must arrive before 5 PM Monday. Make it clear in the letter that
it is "for the record" and that it is for the Norden Place public hearing on March 6.
is the ENNA editorial commenting on the Norden Place
development which was printed in the Hour on Friday).
the developers have their way, 38 acres of undeveloped open space in
eastern Norwalk would become a 328 unit condominium development called Norden Place.
Spinnaker’s (Norden Place, LLC’s) consultants already presented a rosy picture of
net positive impacts at a recent Conservation Commission public hearing and
are prepared to do the same at the Zoning Commission public hearing scheduled
for Monday, March 6 at 7 PM in the Concert Hall at City Hall.
Even though many members of the public left the Conservation
Commission hearing before speaking while they waited for the end of the two
and a half hour presentation, some of us stayed to speak in opposition to the
project as it is currently proposed.
Density of the development is at the center of every argument
– whether for or against the project.
For the developer maximizing density on all buildable land, even encroaching into wetlands, means
more profit. For commissioners, affordable-housing advocates and business
people who want affordable housing to the detriment of all else, density
equals more affordable units since the developer has agreed to set aside 15 %
of the units as affordable.
For everyone else, the negative impacts of density are as
obvious as are the positive. These negative impacts include: loss of a
large tract of prime open space which filters the fumes from Interstate 95
and creates a buffer for the surrounding dense residential neighborhoods;
encroachment on the seven yet to be fully evaluated wetlands on the site;
increase in impervious land from buildings and parking lots with increased
runoff and potential for flooding; increased exhaust fumes from more than 600
owner vehicles and service vehicles; increased traffic on area roads; and a
drain on City services.
But the most important thing to keep in mind when it comes
to what should be built on this property is that – housing is not permitted
under the current zoning regulations.
When amending the Norwalk Zoning regulations to allow housing
in this Restricted Industrial Zone, the Zoning Commission members have an
array of options. They are starting with a blank slate. Anything
is possible – including leaving the zone as is. If changes are to be made to
allow multi-family housing some possibilities are: substantially increased
setbacks from restored wetlands; a conservation easement for public use; a
state-of-the-art drainage management plan; extensive native plantings; and
reduction of condo units by half the number that the developer has
The affordable housing provided could still remain at 15
%, which would create 25 new affordable units – a substantial amount.
Using spot zoning to unfairly pack as many units as possible into one
location, instead of having an affordable housing ordinance on the books
which would require a standard percentage of affordable housing with every
new development, is the wrong approach.
Last year the City had a consultant draft a working paper
on Affordable Housing Strategy Options which recommended zoning regulation
changes as part of a comprehensive plan for Norwalk. But it never went beyond
the working draft stage.
For those people who are really serious about affordable
housing, making that draft into enforceable regulations should be done as
soon as possible.
Until that happens, residents in neighborhoods hit by this
all-or-nothing approach need to speak up at public hearings about negative
impacts to quality of life and to neighborhood character associated with
overly dense development. For East Norwalk that’s on March 6.
Laurel Lindstrom, President
Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association
February 19, 2006
8 Norden Place
Proposed Zoning Regulation Amendment - and
Construction of Multifamily Housing (328 Condo units)
Zoning Commission Public Hearing for Norden is Monday, March 6 at 7 PM at City Hall in
the Concert Hall (date changed after the ENNA
informed the Zoning Commission and the developer that the day it had
originally been scheduled was the same evening as the Third Taxing
District annual meeting for electors to vote on the district budget).
Conservation Commission Public
Hearing for Norden isTuesday, February 28 at 7 PM at City Hall in the
Community Room.This is a huge project which will have impacts on the
immediate neighborhood and on Norwalk.I have attended several land use committee meetings at City Hall
leading up to the public hearings. I am seeing some residents from the
abutting neighborhood in Westport - but rarely see anyone from
Norwalk. From the public turnout at the presentation that
took place at the East Norwalk Library, it's clear that Norwalk
neighbors also have some strong feelings about this proposed
project. But, until I hear from you the ENNA will not initiate a
petition or start any other campaign for or against the project. Let me hear
from you. And I also encourage you to attend the public hearings.Come out and let your voices be heard! Let's fill the
Community Room on the 28th - and the Concert Hall on March 6th!
Slow Down on Strawberry Hill Avenue
for Traffic Calming on SHA For some time
the ENNA has been focusing attention on safety issues on Strawberry Hill Avenue. A couple of years ago, working with Public Works, we had reflective yellow material placed on the sign posts near
the schools to alert drivers to the need to slow down.
More recently, through the Mayor's Neighborhood Preservation Committee,
the ENNA succeeded in having Public Works - through its traffic engineer - create School Zones on Strawberry Hill Avenue so that vehicles will be required to slow to 20 miles per hour at the
school locations. Planning the placement of new signs is in the
works. The ENNA has made it clear to the City that additional enforcement is needed in order to deter speeding. We need your help. As incidents
occur, keep reporting these to the police department so that they go on
Forum on Strawberry Hill Avenue SafetyOn Wednesday, March 8 at the ENNA is sponsoring a Public Forum at
City Hall in Room A333 - specific to Safety on Strawberry Hill Avenue.Police Chief
Harry Rilling and Traffic Engineer Fred Eshraghi
will be our guest presenters. We encourage you to attend and
participate. At the March 8 meeting we will discuss actions for
slowing down traffic - and other safety issues - on Strawberry Hill Avenue.
Slow Down Days (March 20
- March 27) planned by the
City. The ENNA will focus our efforts
at the Strawberry
location for the upcoming Slow Down Days. Discussion will include
planning the specifics of our involvement. (We encourage all residents to
create your own signs to target speeders on your own street during Slow
We will discuss Traffic Calming funding request for Strawberry Hill Avenue in the City's Capital Budget for fiscal year starting July 1, 2006. The Public
Hearing is April 4where a show of support from residents is needed.
Keeping sidewalks and footpaths
clear and walkable
will also have a Petition available for signaturesat the March 8 meeting.
The ENNA website is a great
source for information, with pertinent backup documents posted on the
'Calendar Page' next to meeting dates.
Please contact me, or phone the ENNA Street Representative for Strawberry Hill Avenue - David Park - at 866-7555, if you have questions.
On Wednesday February 8 at the Eastern Norwalk
Neighborhood Association is holding our regular monthly meeting at City
Hall in Room A333. You are welcome to attend. First on the agenda is a
presentation by David Waters, attorney for the developer of the 36
housing units proposed on the former Katherine Gibbs site at 142-144 East Avenue. The plan has been revised since it was presented at an ENNA
meeting in April of last year. Following the presentation there will be a question
& answer period for those attending. The public hearing before
the Zoning Commission is scheduled for February 15. You can find the
full agenda for our February 8th meeting on the ENNA website at http://eastnorwalk.org. It's posted on the home page and also
on the Calendar Page. If you are interested in upcoming meetings - ENNA,
Zoning, Third Taxing District, etc. - you will find them listed on the
Calendar Page at http://eastnorwalk.org/enna_calendar1.htm along with links for backup documents. Please contact me
if you have additional meeting information that would be of interest to the
ENNA neighborhood so that it can be posted.
Dear Everyone: For several months, because of the size of this
project and the potential impacts on the neighborhood and on
Norwalk, the ENNA has been closely following the official meetings
taking place specific to Spinnaker's application to the City of Norwalk to
construct 316 condominium units on the Norden
Park site. We have also met with Spinnaker representatives. The next
meeting that Spinnaker has scheduled is a presentation to the public (not a
public hearing) for Tuesday, January 31 at . It will
be held at 51 Van Zant Street (East Norwalk Library - downstairs hall). This is an opportunity
for you to hear about the project and ask questions. Since there are
several wetlands on the property the Conservation Commission is reviewing
the application and will hold a public hearing on February 14. The
Zoning Commission is holding its public hearing on March 1. The Zoning
Commission needs to make two decisions regarding this application. First,
is whether or not to make a zoning regulation amendment in order to allow
multifamily housing on this industrial site. The second is a decison on the site plan application itself.
Although the Zoning Commission public hearings will both be held on March
1, the Commission will want to discuss what was said at the hearings at its
next committee meeting before making a decision. For a timetable of
the Norden Place meetings go to the ENNA website calendar page at http://eastnorwalk.org/enna_calendar1.htm.
The meetings that apply to this application are listed at the top of the
calendar column. Call or email if you have questions.Laurel Laurel
Lindstrom, PresidentEastern Norwalk Neighborhood AssociationPhone: 855-7668Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite:
The next Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood
Association meeting is Wednesday, January 11 at at City Hall Room 333. The agenda is posted on the ENNA
website at http://eastnorwalk.org. Also on
Wednesday, just prior to the ENNA meeting at at City Hall (Room A300), the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency is
holding a Public Information meeting so that Vollmer Associates can present
the findings of its traffic study for the Central Norwalk Transportation
and Pedestrian Master Plan. The information is posted on the ENNA
Home Page and the Calendar Page. The following week, on Thursday,
January 19 at at City Hall in the Community Room, the Planning Commission's Land
Use Committee is holding a Master Plan Workshop to allow the public to
discuss the recently drafted Planning Principles for the Plan of
Conservation and Development. The Planning Principles document and
also the current Plan of Development are posted on the ENNA Home
Page. Hope to see you there. Laurel Lindstrom, PresidentEastern Norwalk Neighborhood AssociationPhone: (203) 855-7668Email: email@example.comWebsite:
Dear Everyone: On behalf of the ENNA
board, I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and the
best New Year ever! On this first day of winter, newly posted on
the ENNA website, is the Winter 'Sea To The Green' newsletter. You
can find a link to it on the Home Page at http://eastnorwalk.org or
click here -> http://eastnorwalk.org/Sea%20To%20The%20Green%20-%20Winter%2005-06.pdf for a direct link to the newsletter. Hardcopies will be
available at our next meeting January 11. Best Regards,Laurel
Lindstrom, presidentEastern Norwalk Neighborhood
Happy Holidays! The ENNA meets this Wednesday, December 14 at at City Hall in Room 101 for our monthly meeting. As mentioned in the last Bulletin,
Mayor Dick Moccia will be attending our
meeting - arriving about . We look forward to hearing
about his initiatives and how they will benefit Norwalk
- and particularly Eastern
Norwalk. There will be an opportunity for
'question and answer' - so come prepared with your questions.
Some issues that the ENNA will want to hear from the Mayor on
are: traffic calming and speeding; possible moratorium on multi-family
housing; moving the trailers out of Andrews Field; crime; Wall Street
revitalization; historic preservation; and more. For more
information on the ENNA, go to our website at http://eastnorwalk.org.
The updated Fall 'Sea To The Green' newsletter is posted with election
winners added. Also, links from the home page will take you to
the agenda for Wednesday's meeting, to the 'calendar' page, to
the 'meeting minutes' page, to the Nov. 3 draft of the Redevelopment
Agency West Avenue redevelopment plan - and to several other pages that are
full of good information. Best Regards,Laurel
Dear Everyone:I hope you all had
a happy Thanksgiving.
The ENNA is
pleased to announce that we are now a tax exempt 501c3 organization. This designation means that all your
contributions are tax deductible retroactive to September 4, 2003. We are in the process of sending letters to
each contributor. And please keep the contributions coming.
There are costs involved in printing flyers, 'Sea To The Green'
newsletters and 'Norwalk At Your Fingertips' (our newest informational
brochure that will soon be available).
condominium development that is proposed by Summit Development for the eastern portion of the NordenPark property has now been submitted to the
P&Z Department at City Hall as an application. I've been in to P&Z to review the plan
and have been in contact with representatives from the Westport neighborhood that abuts this property.
Summit Development is planning another large condominium development on
the Westport side. Both developments will
require zoning changes to allow for multi-family housing. The
proposal will be presented by the development team to Norwalk at the Plan Review Committee meeting of the
Zoning Commission at on Thursday, December 8 at City Hall in the P&Z
Conference Room. I plan on attending. Anyone else interested in
hearing about the proposal should attend. The meeting is open to
the public, but it isn't a public hearing. So, the public can attend but
not speak. The public hearings are yet to be scheduled.
Because there are wetlands on the property the proposal will need to go
to the Conservation Commission as well as the Zoning Commission for
review and public hearing. Please contact me if you have feelings
about the plan - for or against, or anywhere in between.
As of last week no
application had been filed for a housing development on the old Fitch
School/Lea Manor site.
I will check again this week.
No word on the
grant funds that the ENNA recently applied for from the City
for improvements to Liberty Square.
A selection committee will be formed by the Redevelopment
Agency. I'll let you know when I hear more.
Mayor Moccia has been invited to attend our next regular
ENNA meeting on Wednesday, December 14 at .
I have been in phone conversation with him - and it looks likely that he
will be available to attend. As we get closer to the meeting date,
I will send out another email bulletin to you confirming so that anyone
who wants to attend can.
all the candidates that were elected or re-elected to office! The ENNA looks forward to working with the newly
elected officials. We also send a sincere thanks to the outgoing
mayor and councilmen. Many initiatives were created that
promoted neighborhoods and helped make neighborhood associations strong
during the past administration. We anticipate continuing to be successful
in our projects and programs working with the new administration.Regards,Laurel
Dear Everyone: The next regular
monthly meeting of the ENNA is this Wednesday, November 9 at 7:30 PM at
City Hall in Room 101. The agenda is posted on the website at http://eastnorwalk.org. Since I sent the last
bulletin, the ENNA submitted a proposal to the City for grant funds
for a Liberty Square Improvement Project. The City is reviewing our
proposal - and the one other proposal that was submitted by another
neighborhood association (Golden Hill). By the middle of November
we hope to hear good news. I'll let you know as soon as I
know. I continue to represent the area of Norwalk served
by the ENNA at the monthly meetings of the Mayor's Neighborhood
Preservation Committee. Some of the items that ENNA members sent me
when I put out the call in the summer have been resolved or are still
being reviewed. Some of the traffic-related issues will be studied
by Fred Eshraghi who attended the last
MNPC meeting on Nov. 2. He has just been hired by the City to handle
these kind of items. I was able to provide him with
information about Strawberry Hill Avenue and East Avenue near the train station. At future meetings I'll report any
concerns that you send me so that he can look for solutions. The
unfortunate incident that resulted in the death of a commuter crossing East Avenue north of the train station last month may not have been preventable.
But since then the Mayor has worked with the police to add enforcement,
and with public works to look for ways to improve road safety, at this
location. The ENNA has contacted the Third Taxing District to
increase the street lighting, not only under the rail bridge but also
along the stretch of East Avenue north of the rail bridge where commuters cross to and from the parking
areas. Where the ENNA and the TTD can use your help is in alerting
us if any of the lights become dim or burn out. Also contact the
ENNA if you have additional suggestions to help with safety at this
location. Hope to see you at our meeting on
Wednesday. And remember to vote on Tuesday. Polls are open Best,Laurel
ENNA will be holding the third in a series of planning meetings this
month for the improvement project for the Liberty Square area. This
is an exciting opportunity for everyone to participate in creating an
attractive, safe and functional neighborhood center. The meeting –
the last one before the grant application is due on the 26th – will
take place Monday, October 17 at at City
Hall in Room 333.Public input is encouraged.
Since the Mayors Office
and the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency initiated, and are overseeing the
grant application process for this Neighborhood Centers program, the
Mayor has been invited and plans to attend the first 30 minutes
of our meeting. A representative from the
NRA (Mike Moore) will also attend to answer any questions we have.
contact me if you have questions - or if you aren't able to attend
Monday's meeting but would like to pass on a suggestion to us.
We had a productive meeting last
Wednesday evening to plan Liberty Square improvements - with some Liberty Square property owners, and others, attending to offer input.
That meeting was one in a series of planning meetings that we are holding
before the grant application is due on the 26th of this month.
Our next Liberty Square planning meeting has been scheduled as part of our regular monthly
board meeting this Wednesday. We encourage member/public attendance
and participation at all our board meetings. This one is no different in
that regard - but most of this meeting will be focused on planning the
scope of improvements for our grant application. Since the eligible area
for potential grant funds extends as far as East Avenue (bordered by the
railroad tracks to the north, East Avenue to the east, the Norwalk
Harbor/River to the south and the west) there are more properties than
those contained strictly within the boundaries of Liberty Square that
could potentially benefit from this project.
Our regular meeting starts at Wednesday, October 12 at City Hall in Room 101. We should
be done with our regular board business by . The Liberty Square planning portion of the meeting will start at that time - . We encourage anyone who is able to attend, and has an
interest in neighborhood and neighborhood centers improvement, to attend.
The agenda is now posted on the ENNA website at http://eastnorwalk.org.
meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 17th at - please mark your calendars. More details to
follow. Laurel Lindstrom, presidentEastern
Norwalk Neighborhood AssociationPhone: (203)
Liberty Square Area Neighborhood Improvement Project ENNA improvement plans for the Liberty Square area (across Rte. 136 from VeteransPark) may
soon be funded through a new program - the City of Norwalk Neighborhood Centers Improvement Program. The City has set aside $80,000 that can be given to
eligible neighborhood associations this year to fund pre-development
costs (the planning phase). In the second and third year of the
program the selected neighborhood associations would have the
improvements paid for with city funds through the capital budget process.
This is an exciting opportunity for all of us to participate in
creating an attractive, safe and functional neighborhood center in our
neighborhood. Liberty Square in the only neighborhood center within the ENNA that would
qualify for this grant because of the census tract in which it is located
- although the qualified area does extend along Van Zant Street as far as East
include LudlowShopping Center). To receive grant funds the ENNA will need to submit
an application by October 26, that shows scope of project and how we will
obtain matching funds (monetary or in-kind). Before the deadline for
application we will be holding planning meetings for the Liberty Square
Area Improvement Project. All the meetings are open to the
public. I invite everyone to attend and encourage you to provide
input into the project. A group of us already met at the Liberty Square site a couple weeks ago. The next planning meeting is scheduled for this
Wednesday, October 5 at at City Hall in Room 213. The next
Liberty Square planning
meeting after that will be on Wednesday, October 12 at at City Hall in Room 101, following the regular monthly ENNA
meeting. The following week we will hold a meeting out in the
project area. That meeting is still being finalized. I will provide
you with date, time and location soon. For more information on the
neighborhood centers improvement program and on the ENNA's
previously proposed plans for the Liberty Square area, go to the ENNA website at http://eastnorwalk.org
where you will find links to all information pertaining to this project
on the homepage in a box near the top of the page (a short scroll
down). See you soon,Laurel Laurel
Lindstrom, presidentEastern Norwalk
The ENNA has organized a neighborhood cleanup for this
Saturday, October 1 starting at
in the Hendricks Avenue
neighborhood off East Avenue
near Exit 16. Meet at the commuter parking lot. Bags and
gloves supplied. Please come and join us in this beautification
Norwalk Neighborhood Association is holding a fall event open to the
public on Monday, September 26 at the historic Town House located at 2 East Wall Street. The doors will open at .
maps and old photographs of the neighborhood will be on display along
with displays of new and proposed development in eastern Norwalk –
introducing the theme of this ENNA 2nd Annual Fall Gathering, ‘Then…and
Now: reflecting on the past and planning for the future of our
theme will continue at 7:30 PM as the ENNA facilitates a relaxed exchange
of past memories as participants sit and share stories and photos of
‘then…and now’ specific to eastern Norwalk (includes the area east of the
Norwalk River and south of the Post Road to the Long Island Sound).
Old-timers and new-timers to eastern Norwalk will gain insights from each other.
history gathered by the ENNA at this event will become part of a future
project that will help preserve these special and fragile memories.
invites attendees to bring their memories – or stories passed on to them
from previous generations – and old photographs of eastern Norwalk. No admission fee.
Refreshments will be served.
the ENNA, call Laurel Lindstrom at (203) 855-7668 or go to
today.Coinciding with the start of
the fall season, we have the ENNA fall newsletter 'Sea' To The Green just
completed and ready to distribute. Please go to our website http://eastnorwalk.org and click on the link for the fall
Also, one of our newsletter's feature articles
appears today in a new Hour Newspaper column 'Neighbor to Neighbor' that
the ENNA was instrumental in creating. 'Neighbor to Neighbor' can
be found on the Around Town page (on page C3). Look
for more articles from the ENNA every other Thursday.
Enjoy... And please send me your
comments. -Laurel Laurel Lindstrom, PresidentEastern
Norwalk Neighborhood AssociationPhone: (203)
http://eastnorwalk.org Note: email to follow has
newsletter attached it PDF
East Norwalk Neighborhood Association has undergone a recent name change.
I am pleased to announce that the East Norwalk Neighborhood Association
is now the Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association - but we are
still the ENNA. The name
change evolved after hearing from several of the long-time area residents
whose memories held firm to the historic boundaries of traditional ‘East
Norwalk’, defined as 'south of the I-95' and synonymous with the Third
Taxing District. The boundaries of our association, and
everything else, will remain the same. Replacing ‘East’ with
‘Eastern’ in our name creates a more accurate description of the section
of Norwalk that we serve (without creating a new
The ENNA continues to include
the traditional ‘East Norwalk’ neighborhood and
also the neighborhoods of East Wall Street,
the Norwalk Green, Bettswood, Strawberry
Hill Avenue and all other neighborhoods east
of the NorwalkRiver
to the Westport line and
south of the Post Road
to the Long Island Sound.
Dear Everyone:Below is a list
of 'Items of Interest' that the ENNA is following or
promoting - and Events & Meetings we are sponsoring.
ENNA meeting for September is on Wednesday the 14th
at at City Hall in the 2nd Floor Lounge. The agenda is posted on our website at http://eastnorwalk.org.
Everyone is welcome to attend - and participate.
CalfPastureBeach Cleanup on Saturday Sept. 17 from
to - see the Calendar Page on our website for Save the Sound
NordenPark - ENNA is meeting on Monday evening Sept. 19 with
reps from the Westportneighborhood
that will be affected by the proposed housing development.
Anyone available that evening and interested in attending -
please contact me for time and place (yet to be decided).
Former Lea Manor/Fitch School/73 Strawberry Hill Avenue proposed housing development - as of last Thursday (Sept. 8) no application had
been filed at Planning & Zoning (P&Z) by the owner.
FormerGibbsCollege site on East Avenue- revised housing plan
has not been resubmitted to P&Z as yet.
ENNA Fall Event - Monday, September 26 the doors
open at 7 PM to the Town House at Historic Mill Hill for our Annual Fall Gathering. As mentioned in prior
email, the theme of the event is 'then...and now' as it
applies to our section of Norwalk. The gathering will be open to all, free of
charge... with refreshments served. Rather than this
event being the finale or end product for a display or presentation,
it will be the start of our exploration of the living history of the
area within the ENNA boundaries. These areas include
Norwalk (below the I-95), East Wall Street, the Norwalk Green, Bettswood,
Strawberry Hill and all the other neighborhoods within the ENNA
community. At the gathering we will facilitate a meeting for all
those attending to sit and share past memories that the ENNA
hopes to include in a future project on 'remembering the
past'. We recognize the fragility of living history and want
to preserve and celebrate this past - as we also celebrate the
present. For the 'now' portion of the event we will have
displays and information on the most recent land developments and
proposed developments within the ENNA area.
Saturday, October 1 is back-to-back events - The ENNA
has scheduled ourFall Cleanup in
the neighborhood of Hendricks/Yankee Doodle/Elton/Sherry off East Avenue near the I-95. We will meet at the commuter parking
lot at and focus our cleanup efforts along
Hendricks down to the bank of the NorwalkRiver. Also that day is the Public Works Open House (see invitation below). Both events take place from to - so check
out the Open House first and then come help us clean for a couple of
hours. Or clean first - and then head off to the Open House for
awhile. Whatever works best for you.
Neighborhood conditions reported to ENNA to take to
the Mayor's Neighborhood Preservation Committee - Thank you to all of you who sent me your
concerns. All items that I received were presented at the MNPC
meeting and also emailed to the CustomerServiceCenter at City Hall (with your names omitted since I hadn't
received permission to include them). At the next MNPC meeting,
or before, I will hear back about what has been done to address the
concerns. I will keep you up-to-date, individually
or through an email to the entire ENNA distribution list,
depending on the item. If any of you would like to directly check on
the item, you can contact the CustomerServiceCenter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hurricane Katrina Relief - at the top of our Calendar Page on the ENNA website there
are links to trusted sites where you can contribute.
See you soon,LaurelBelow is the Invitation from the Public Works Department
to their Open House. If you would like to be placed on their email
distribution list for future notices - email email@example.com.
The DPW Cordially invites you to Attend
Annual Open House to Showcase our various Operations and Meet your Public
Meet our professional Customer Service Staff
Talk to our friendly garbage and recycling collection
What happens to your recyclables
Meet our snow plowing and sweeping crews
How to navigate through the Public Works permit
How your street gets paved
Tours of the
Wastewater Treatment Plant
See how our Traffic system works
Learn about identifying trees
Where to park and what to do if you get a parking
have your picture taken with a Big Truck! WHERE:
15 SOUTH SMITH STREET NORWALK, CT (FOLLOW THE SIGNS) TIME:
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2005 Light snacks
and beverages will be available.
This is your
chance to get all your questions answered!!
Hello everyone:You are invited to participate in our Fall Event Planning
meeting - this Wednesday, September 7 at 7:30 PM at City Hall in
Room 213.The theme of our event is - ENNA neighborhoods 'then...and
now' - so if you have memories of the way it was we especially would
like you to be in touch with us.Everyone is
welcome to join us at the planning meeting - and at the event on the
26th. Best Regards,LaurelLaurel Lindstrom, PresidentEast
Norwalk Neighborhood AssociationPhone: (203)
Representing the ENNA, I have regularly
attended the monthly meetings of the Mayor's Neighborhood Preservation
Committee from the time the Mayor
initiated it in 2002. The ENNA is actually
the longest attending neighborhood association. We were
participating months before other neighborhood associations learned
about it. And they learned about the MNPC, in large part,
because the ENNA got the word out about this remarkable
Subsequent to the formation of the ENNA in
2001 several neighborhood associations formed, using the ENNA model, to
address neighborhood concerns. They then began having
representatives regularly attend the MNPC meetings to bring
their concerns to the City Department staff
that are present at the meetings.
Departments represented on the
Committee are: the Mayor's Office (the Mayor attends most
meetings); Police; Fire; Planning & Zoning; Health; Public Works;
and Recreation & Parks. Recently, the new Neighborhood
Improvement Coordinator has joined the City's team.
As I receive email or phone calls from members
I jot down the concerns that I think the Committee can address -
traffic issues; dumping; graffiti; zoning, code and health violations;
and other conditions that occur in the neighborhood. Each month,
representing East Norwalk, I report these items to the Committee. The
following month the applicable City
Department staff report on what has been done to address the
I'm contacting you to
ask that you send me any concerns that you would like
reported at the next MNPC meeting. The meeting will take place
Wednesday morning (September 7).
Another resource that the City has just put
into place is the CustomerServiceCenter at City Hall. It can be reached by phoning
854-3200. Many of the concerns that I have been taking to
the MNPC each month can now be resolved through this center. I
have had excellent results - as have several ENNA members who have
called the Center.
Dear Everyone:The ENNA has been informed by Spinnaker Real
Estate Partners, LLC, owner of the NordenPark
property, that an application for a housing development on the
eastern half of the site will be filed with the Norwalk Planning
& Zoning Department at the end of September .As the president of the neighborhood association, I was
approached "as a courtesy" by a Spinnaker representative
to meet with them prior to the formal application
process. At their request, no press or general membership
notices were released. A limited number of ENNA board members was
invited to attend the meeting, which took place this past Thursday
evening in the cafeteria of the NordenPark
building.Kim Morque and Candace Schafer,
representing Spinnaker, provided the following information.
Spinnaker purchased the NordenPark property in 2000. They improved
the western portion of the property by removing a chain link fence,
adding landscaping and making the existing building more attractive
and functional. The building, which includes Norden
Systems, is currently 91% leased. Zoning changes were
required to allow the current types of office uses.
The property was once
farmland and became an Industrial Park in 1960/68 for Northrop
Grumman = Norden Systems. At it's peak Norden Systems employed 3500 employees. The
property was sold to MetLife in 1997, and then purchased by
Spinnaker in 2000.
The total NordenPark site is 78 acres - 75 acres in Norwalk and 3 acres in Westport
The 38 acres on the
western portion of the site will remain - with the NordenPark building, Norden
Systems and parking areas - as is. Spinnaker currently has this
portion of the property up for sale.
The 40 acres on the
east are now undeveloped woodland, for the most part -
where no buildings exist. This is the area where the housing development
is proposed. Spinnaker plans to retain ownership of this portion of
The 40 acres is zoned AA
residential on the Westport land - and Restricted Industrial
in Norwalk. The property is bounded to the north by the
I-95 and the south by the railroad tracks.
zoning does not permit housing so a zone change will be required by
the Zoning Commission to allow housing to be developed. The current
uses, geared toward manufacturing, are no longer needed. For
economic reasons, according to Spinnaker, the zone should permit
housing. The Zoning Commission will need to approve the housing
development application. Both the zoning regulation amendment and the
application approval will require public hearings.
run through the property so the application will also need to be
approved by the Conservation Commission, which will also require a
There will be an
emergency entrance/exit into Westport - but the main entrance/exit will be into Norwalk onto Norden Place. Cars can turn left (south) to go to
Rte. 136 or right (north) to go to Strawberry Hill Ave.
plan that Spinnaker presented calls for:
units of 1, 2 & 3BRs - mainly 2BR & 3BR. Some would
be constructed as flat-over-flat buildings - four 4-story
buildings with 10 units per floor. Other units would be
designed as townhouses. The development is not an affordable
housing development - but a certain percentage of the units
would likely be offered as affordable to make the
development more attractive to the city. There will be a
clubhouse. No retail will be included in the development.
Morque provided me with contact information, asking that I call him with
any questions we may have. The ENNA Board has not met since we were
presented with this plan, but we will await your responses before
proceeding further.Please contact me with any concerns,
suggestions, etc.Best Regards,Laurel
Below are updates for the
neighborhood from the East Norwalk Neighborhood
Association. If you would like more information, please
ENNA monthly meeting is
this Wednesday, August
10 at at City Hall in Room 101. Agenda is posted on the
ENNA website at http://eastnorwalk.org -
Everyone is welcome
Our newly expanded Newsletter for Summer 2005 was attached to a previous email bulletin
but I haven't heard back from anyone! The newsletter
is informative and colorful - full of photos
of locations you'll recognize. Did you open and read
it? If so, did you enjoy it? Do you have any suggestions for our
next newsletter? If you didn't open it, would you like me to send it
to you again? It also can be found posted on the ENNA website
home page. If you would like us to drop off a supply of printed
newsletters to your door so that you can distribute them to your
friends and neighbors, please let me know.
After our July 13th
meeting, the ENNA held a follow-up meeting with the
neighbors on July 28 to strategize about the proposed housing at the former FitchSchool. There was another good turnout of
about 35 neighbors - and also Mayor Knopp.
We thank the Mayor for attending - and providing additional
insights and information regarding the site. Since
the meeting, I have been in touch with the P&Z Department. The
developer has not filed an application yet. The application,
when filed - per the developer's attorney David Waters - will be
for a 26-unit Planned Residential Development (PRD). At the meeting I had mentioned that
the ENNA Board would be meeting again with David Waters to offer
suggestions to improve the PRD proposal, since it is possible that the
Zoning Commission could approve the PRD even if the neighbors come out strongly
opposed. But the ENNA Board of Directors has decided to put the
meeting on hold since:
individual members of
the ENNA have already provided several suggestions in this regard;
there will be an
opportunity to meet with him, if needed, once the plan is
submitted and reviewed by the Plan Review Committee and before the public
the focus right now
needs to be on supporting and working with the neighbors that will be
most affected by development on this site.
the old FitchSchool caught fire
yesterday afternoon - you can read more about it in this morning's
local papers (also see postings on Media page of ENNA website). The
fire was likely started by kids that were seen running away from the
building. The current owner is based in Florida so, as
we know all too well, the property and building have been poorly
maintained and vandalized several times since it was vacated by Lea
Manor a couple years ago. The new owner that is proposing the
housing is located in Greenwich
- and should be closing on the property in about 2 weeks. The
authorities boarded up the doors and windows following the events
of yesterday. The emergency crews did a great job of keeping the fire
from spreading - but it is unfortunate that they had to be
put in harm's way.
Our newest Adopt-A-Spot - on the traffic islands at Strawberry Hill Avenue and Tierney Street - was planted by ENNA member volunteers last
weekend. Thank you to Nick Overall - a landscape architect -
for planning the site and helping with the planting. Thanks
also to Jason Leventhal. Mary Oster, Michelle Novak, Beth Miller, Erik Nees, Maribeth Becker
and Marija Bryant for giving
their time and energy for the beautification of our
For all of our
activities we always need help - in Volunteer time or in contributions. We rely entirely on member
contributions to pay expenses. Some examples of expenses are
plants for the Adopt-A-Spots and printing our newsletters.
And our accomplishments are only as many as the hours of
volunteer time spent working on our projects. Please contact me if
you would like to help us as we work to improve the quality of life
in our neighborhoods. Some jobs that we need help with right now are:
folding and distributing newsletters
watering and weeding our
2 Adopt-A-Spot sites (other one is on the traffic island in front of
City Hall on East Avenue)
with information about significant happenings in the
neighborhoods that could alter our quality of life unless we get
website is a great place to stay
informed - as are our meetings. Next meeting is this
Dear Everyone: We have the go-ahead
from the City for an ENNA sponsored Adopt-A-Spot on the traffic
island at Tierney and Strawberry Hill Avenue. This past Saturday a couple of us got out and pulled weeds in
preparation for planting. This coming Saturday, July 30th
starting at about or we will be planting the site. Please - come out and help.
This is a community effort intended to beautify your
neighborhoods. We need volunteers. Also, the 73 Strawberry Hill Avenue strategy meeting is still on for this Thursday, July 28th at City Hall, Room 322. Keep enjoying your
summer. Laurel Lindstrom, President East Norwalk Neighborhood AssociatonPhone: (203) 855-7668Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite:
scheduled a follow-up meeting to last week’s presentation on the
proposed housing development at the 73 Strawberry
Hill Avenue site.
It will be held on Thursday,
July 28 at at City Hall in
Room 322. This is not the public hearing (which
has yet to be scheduled by the Zoning Commission) -- but
a brainstorming session for the neighbors.
At the first meeting David Waters, the attorney for
the property owner, informed us of the plan to construct housing at this
site – townhouses or single family homes. The meeting on the 28th
– without a representative from the owner/developer present – will be
our time to discuss what was said at the last meeting, correct any
misconceptions that you may have and decide where we want to go
is an important strategy meeting for all of you who attended the first
meeting – or wanted to attend but had conflicting schedules. Everyone
interested in the development of this property is encouraged to attend.
Now that the first shock of what is planned for the site has worn off a
bit, we expect participants to listen to all ideas and options put
forward by the other participants – and to thoughtfully weigh the
positives and negatives for each option presented.
The ENNA Board would like the support of the
neighborhood before proceeding further – with whatever course is
decided by the ENNA and the neighbors – and will be looking forward to
hearing from you before the meeting and at the meeting on the 28th.
neighborhood meeting is one you won't want to miss.
Wednesday, July 13 at 7:30 PM at City Hall, Room 322 is the monthly meeting of
the East Norwalk Neighborhood Association. As time permits, everyone
attending will be given an opportunity to comment and ask questions on
the two items being presented.
First up on the
Parks- Director of Recreation & Parks Mike Mocciae and Councilman Fred Bondi,
Chair of the Recreation, Parks & Cultural Affairs Committee will
discuss parks in Norwalk - with an emphasis on
those located in our area.
Proposed 26 unit housing development - Attorney David Waters,
representing the owner of 73 Strawberry Hill Avenue (former Fitch
School/Lea Manor, next to Fitch Playground), will present a plan to
demolish the old structure and replace it with 26 housing units.
An application has yet to be filed with the Planning & Zoning
Department, so our input at this early stage can make a difference. Click here for flier
The agenda is now posted on the ENNA
website at http://eastnorwalk.org. Have a Happy
4th - and see you on the 13th.Laurel
The East Norwalk Neighborhood
Association is meeting this Wednesday, June 8 at at City Hall in Room 101. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The meeting agenda is posted on our website at http://eastnorwalk.org
- also Minutes from past meetings and a Calendar of meetings and
Now that the Citywide (and ENNA-wide)
Cleanup is over we're looking to beautify smaller sites within our
area. We have taken on a new Adopt-A-Spot at the corner of
Tierney and Strawberry
Please let me know if you would like to volunteer some time to help
plant and maintain the site. The ENNA is also assisting with
another larger Adopt-A-Spot at the entrance to the East Norwalk
Train Station. The landscaping at this focal point in East Norwalk, near the DAR marker that
identifies this historic location as the site across from the original
meeting house for Norwalk, will be funded and managed by the Third Taxing District
(TTD) - but input from the community is being sought.
The ENNA has been meeting with Commissioners David Brown and Paul Coggin in regards to this. Let me know
if you have any suggestions or ideas regarding landscaping at this
location so that it can be added to the site plan.
Each month ENNA board members attend
several public meetings and speak regularly at hearings to
help protect the quality of life in our neighborhoods. You can
find some of the meeting notices on our website Calendar page
- and write-ups following the meetings on the Media page or in the
Attachments on the Minutes page. Please contact me if you would be
interested in being alerted in advance of these meetings.
The next East Norwalk Neighborhood
Association meeting is this Wednesday, May 11 at at City Hall in Room 101. We'll be discussing current
projects, and any issues that those attending bring up. The
agenda is posted on our website http://eastnorwalk.org.
Also, I've heard back from several of you
since the April 30th Cleanup. The total number of volunteers that
participated at ENNA target sites, and at other East Norwalk locations you
chose to clean closer to your homes, was 65. The number of
bags of trash that we collected was 141. Terrific effort -- and a
I received the following note from the Mayor's
Office late yesterday. I have some of the information that is
being requested, but can use your help.
I already have names and addresses of those members on the ENNA
email list that participated in the Citywide Cleanup, but not any of
your neighbors that you may have organized on your street (and at some
of our target locations) for the Cleanup effort.
Please email me ASAP about any cleanup activity, name and
address of volunteers, and the number of bags of litter
collected - and anything else of interest (if you haven't done so
already). Please also send me email addresses, for those that would
like to be included on the ENNA email bulletin list.
Laurel Lindstrom, President
Note from Mayor's Office
The Mayor is going to host a thank you reception and
press event for everyone who participated in last Saturday's cleanup
day as early as next week. As such, would you please email me the following
information as soon as possible for invitation, award and press
Names and addresses of all groups/individuals who should be invited and
acknowledged for participating in the cleanup event
Quantify the following:
Number of people who participated in the event (by
neighborhood and/or group)
Amount of trash picked up - i.e., number of bags,
pounds of trash, etc.
Any other highlights from the event you think should be mentioned as
part of a thank you event.
Thanks for your help - please forward me this
information by Wed so that invitations can be prepared in a timely
East Norwalk Neighborhood Association had a very successful cleanup on
April 30 when we joined the Citywide Cleanup Day that was inspired by
the Keep America Beautiful campaign.
want to thank all of you who participated and helped to make the day a
success. Great job! Also, a big thank you to Department of Public
Works crews, and others with trucks they volunteered, that took
away all the trash that we collected.
least 25 of our members picked up litter for 3 to 4 hours in the areas
that the ENNA targeted (Fitch Park, Andrews Field parking area, lower
East Avenue from the I-95 down to Seaview
Avenue, and under the Stroffolino Bridge
along the eastern bank of the Norwalk River next to Constitution Park)
as well as several smaller locations that members organized to clean
with their neighbors.
ENNA collected more than 90 bags of trash – plus an assortment of other
items that had been dumped in our local parks (tires, bicycle, fridge,
clothes washer, construction materials, etc.)
a quick reminder to please keep in mind that all of us can help keep
our neighborhoods clean every day by throwing litter in bins and
picking up litter when we see it. Keeping our streets, parks and
riverbanks clean goes a long way toward creating pride in our community
that then makes for a safer and more attractive neighborhood.
Rain or shine the Citywide
Cleanup Day takes place this Saturday, April 30 starting at as part of the Keep America Beautiful
The ENNA is
participating by encouraging our members to join us in picking up
litter at target locations that we’ve selected throughout East Norwalk.
From now until the
day of the Cleanup please take the time to pick up the litter in front
of your own property so that you can volunteer to help at one of our
targeted sites on April 30.
I’m pleased to have
heard from some area residents and merchants that are organizing their
neighbors to clean local streets throughout the ENNA area.
Full litter bags need
to be brought to designated locations so that the City can haul them
away. Drop-off locations in our area will be FitchPark, Taylor Farm, and tentatively Andrews Field.
(Note: no large items are to be dropped off – full litter bags only).
The City has a supply
of donated gloves and litter bags. In advance of the Cleanup the ENNA
will receive a supply for our volunteers. Bags and gloves will be
available at our target locations.
The ENNA will have a Charge person stationed at each of these five target
cleanup locations at :
1.Andrews Field (parking lot area) off County Street - Maribeth
2.FitchPark (rear embankment) just south of I-95 on Strawberry Hill Ave. - Marija
3.ConstitutionPark and east bank of river near StroffolinoBridge - Laurel or Wendye
4.Mill Pond on Seaview Ave. up East Ave to Van Zant St. - June
5.Meet at Commuter Parking Lot off East Ave. on NW corner of I-95. Clean litter south on East Ave. to Van Zant St. If there are extra volunteers a group
will also clean the I-95 embankment on both sides from East Ave. to the River. - Gordon
We’re hoping for a
good turnout. But for locations that don’t get cleaned by the end
of the day we’ll hold other cleanups later in the year.
Please go to our website at http://eastnorwalk.org where
there is a flyer posted with a map of the ENNA target locations,
meeting locations and ‘full litter bag’ drop-off sites. Within
the next couple of days, the City will confirm the ‘full litter bag’
drop-off sites. As we hear we will update the information on our
website with all of the information you need to know about volunteering
to help the ENNA.
Please call if you
have questions, or to let me know that you plan on participating - and
the target location you prefer.
Hope to see you
bright and early next Saturday morning…
Our next regular monthly meeting of the
East Norwalk Neighborhood Association will be held on Wednesday, April 13 at at NorwalkCity Hall in Room 101.
The agenda is posted on our website at http://eastnorwalk.org. Last
meeting: We had a terrific meeting on Wednesday
when the local developer Michael DiScala
presented his plans for the former GibbsCollege site on East
Avenue, and also for
the Wall Street area (east of the River), to our association
members -- and others wanting to hear about proposed development for
I want to thank those who attended -- and
to thank you for all your questions and comments following the
presentation. There was an excellent exchange of ideas with Mr. DiScala and Steve Cecil, the architect for both
projects. They took time to respond to a wide variety
of concerns that came up. The proposal for two new luxury
apartment buildings, and facade improvements to the Gibbs building, was
the first time the plan was presented. Mr. DiScala
next takes his plan to the P&Z for review, with public
hearings yet to be scheduled. The other development area
presented, Parcel 3 or the Head of the Harbor section of the Wall
Street Redevelopment area, will proceed more gradually. M F DiScala & Co. was recently selected as the
designated developer for Parcel 3. The presentation to the ENNA
on Wednesday was another first, since it was the first time the general
public was invited to view and comment on Mr. DiScala's
proposal. On Wednesday, Mr. DiScala
agreed to attend a future ENNA meeting to allow for further discussion
and input from us as his plans proceed. I'll let you know when we have
a date scheduled. Quick reminder: Please
contact the ENNA if you plan to participate in the Citywide Cleanup that the City has scheduled for
Saturday, April 30. Even a
couple of hours of picking up litter on your street or in a local park
can make a big difference. We are still taking requests from
you for targeting badly littered pockets in our area
that are in need of special attention. Volunteers from all over Norwalk will
be assigned to these pre-identified locations (public
property) for cleaning on the day of the Cleanup. I'll send
another bulletin prior to the Cleanup to let you know where we need
help, and when and where to meet. Full bags of litter will need to
be dropped off at one of the designated Drop-Off Sites. The City
will haul them away from these locations, but we need volunteers who
have small trucks to carry the full bags of litter from the
cleanup locations to the Drop-Off Sites. Volunteers could
receive mileage expenses from the ENNA. There
will be 4 or 5 Drop-off Sites within the boundaries of the ENNA --
yet to be finalized. Within the next week the actual locations should
be finalized and published in the local papers before the
Cleanup. I'll let you know when I hear more. Volunteers are also
needed to monitor the Drop-Off Sites so that only bags of litter
are dropped off (no large items). Please let me know if you can
volunteer some time. Also, on the day of the Cleanup the City can
supply paint to paint fire hydrants or paint over graffiti on public
property. If you know of any locations or would like to
volunteer, contact me. Gloves and litter bags will be
supplied by the City for the Cleanup. The ENNA, as one of
the community organizations leading the cleanup effort by
assisting the City in coordinating the day's activities, will receive a
supply of gloves and bags to distribute to participants in our
area. So please contact me ASAP if
you're participating to better help us in the planning. Best
A meeting alert on a big project -- the
Merritt Parkway/Route 7/Main Avenue Interchange Project --
that will have an impact on all of Norwalk. The
Connecticut Department of Transportation will present its plans, and
State Legislators, the Mayor, Common Council members and other VIPs
will make comments, followed by a public comment period. The
meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 5 at in the Community Room at NorwalkCity Hall. The current plans are being questioned by some as
being more massive, expensive and disruptive than is required
to create a safe and effective interchange. Come hear
Wednesday at :
A quick reminder that Mike DiScala, the developer that the City has chosen to
develop the Wall Street area on the east side of the Norwalk River
(including the site where the Pottery factory stood), will be presenting
his plans to the ENNA this Wednesday, April 6 at 8 PM in Room A300 at
Norwalk City Hall. He will also present his recently drafted plan
for a luxury apartment building at the former Katherine Gibbs
secretarial school site on East Avenue. This is a great opportunity to hear from the
developer and his architect about the plans that are proposed , to ask
questions and to make suggestions before the approvals are in
place. Hope to see you there.
Norwalk Neighborhood Association has invited Michael DiScala to present his development plans for the
east bank of the NorwalkRiver. The presentation will take place
on Wednesday, April 6 at at City Hall in Room A300.
Mr. DiScala, and members of his team of
consultants, will present plans for the former Katherine Gibbs site,
Street and the Wall Street area. There will be a
question and answer period following the presentation.
plans are still in the formative stage, and have not gone through the
final process of public hearings and approvals, this meeting is an
excellent opportunity for you to have a say in what the projects will
look like once completed.
information call 855-7668 or visit our website at
more complete list of meetings and events – go to the ENNA Calendar
Norwalk Neighborhood Association, your neighborhood association, is
active in the community protecting and enhancing quality of life for
everyone within the association boundaries (south of Rte. 1 to the
Sound and east of the NorwalkRiver to Westport).
reason I’m contacting you today can be summed up with – many hands make
light the load.
a Board of Directors in September of 2003 and submitted an application
for tax-exempt status this month. As a relatively new association we
are just feeling our way as how best to organize our programs and
assign those who want to volunteer their time.
place to start is with the Street Rep system that the ENNA has put in
place. There are approximately 235 streets within the boundaries
of the association. Realistically, it would be effective for us to
have 50 active Street Reps. Each Rep would monitor her/his own
street, and possibly some of the adjacent streets, so that the whole
ENNA area is covered.
would be responsible for regularly communicating concerns and issues to
the ENNA Board of Directors that arise on their streets so that action
can be taken, if warranted. Through contact with the Board, the
Reps would learn ways to resolve the problems that arise, including who
to contact and what roadblocks to expect.
you already have consented to be the Street Rep for your street.
I appreciate the communications I receive from you. Many of the
concerns that you send me become the basis for the projects and plans
that the Board establishes. The quality-of-life-complaints that I hear
about are taken to the Mayor’s Neighborhood Preservation Committee
meeting each month to be addressed by the appropriate city departments.
the streets that don’t have Reps, or have Reps who rarely communicate
with the Board, don’t get represented adequately in activities that the
Board plans and conducts.
volunteer as an ENNA Street Rep you can decide how much time you want
to donate each month. At a minimum, you would be asked to send a status
report to the Board quarterly to report that there are ‘no concerns’,
and to contact the Board whenever an issue arises on your street. For
those of you who want more involvement you could: attend the monthly
Board meetings; attend applicable city meetings; host meetings with
neighbors on your street in coordination with the Board; monitor your
street trees; and work with the Board on projects that require
recruiting volunteers, by distributing flyers and phoning your
me if you would like to become a Street Rep – or you are interested in
Co-representing your street with an existing Rep. Please also
contact me if you are already a Street Rep to let me know which streets
you will be responsible for and how active you want to be in the ENNA.
you decide to be a Street Rep or not, please consider contributing to
the ENNA in some other way. We suggest $25 per household annually
as a membership contribution to help cover the costs of various
projects and the day-to-day activities of the association. Send
checks made out to the ENNA to Gordon Tully, 6 Walnut Avenue, Norwalk, CT06851. Your contribution will be
retroactively tax deductible once we are approved as a tax-exempt
need volunteers to work with the Board of Directors on the following
programs/projects/jobs: Neighborhood Cleanups; April 30th
Citywide Cleanup; Sea-To-The-Green newsletter; ENNA website;
Adopt-a-Spot planning & maintenance; assistant tree liaisons;
neighborhood centers revitalization projects; grant research/writing;
and many others.
a small Board of Directors that is working hard to make East Norwalk the best neighborhood it can be,
but we need your help.