On Monday, March 11, between 4:30 and 5:30 PM, neighbors and residents who will be affected by a proposed zoning change, will gather on the corners of High Street and Washington Streets in Middletown to demonstrate against a proposed zoning change.
If the proposed zone change is passed, and planned development takes place, the planned development will cause serious traffic issues, destroy a historic neighborhood, and lower the value of neighborhood properties.
Route 66 was recently declared one of the most unsafe highways in Connecticut. Residents and opponents of the proposes zone change feel that the resulting development will put the roadway in virtual gridlock nearly every day. What’s more, residents feel that vehicular and pedestrian hazards will increase, and that deadly accidents will be the result.
Neighbors have organized around the proposed change of the MX Zone in Middletown. Local developer, Centerplan, has proposed a commercial development on Washington and Pearl Streets, including high-volume restaurants with drive-thru windows. In order to facilitate development, Centerplan has proposed a zone change with a special exception that will make it easier for such a development to go forward.
On February 27, more than 150 residents jammed a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting to protest the change. Forty residents offered evidence that the zone change will be detrimental to neighborhoods, to Middletown’s character as a New England destination, and to the important gateways into the city. In addition, traffic and safety issues are a major concern.
On March 13, the Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 7 PM in Middletown’s City Hall to deliberate and vote on the proposed change.
JAMMING THE BRAKES ON RECKLESS DEVELOPMENT, MONDAY MARCH 11, 4:30-5:30 PM, CORNERS OF WASHINGTON AND HIGH STREETS, MIDDLETOWN, CT.