To the Editor,
I am writing to encourage members of our town’s Planning and Zoning Commission, leaders of our community and other concerned citizens to reconsider the proposed location for a retirement complex at 65 Oenoke Ridge Road. As a lifelong resident of this community, whose father was the founding president of Waveny Care Center and whose mother proposed the first plan for assisted living to the town of New Canaan back in the 80’s, concern for our aging citizens and their quality of life is in my blood. In the past I’ve served on Waveny Care Center’s Board of Directors and I am currently on the Advisory Board to Staying Put in New Canaan. I am in full support of a plan to create housing for seniors, particularly if it offers graduated levels of care, but I am not in support of the proposed plan that would be located at 65 Oenoke Ridge Road.
As the gateway into and out of downtown, the campus that exists between and around the Historical Society, St. Michael’s and St. Mark’s would not just be compromised, but destroyed. By allowing the proposed facility to be built at 65 Oenoke Ridge, we’d be breaking the rare and beautiful boundary that distinguishes downtown from out of town. New Canaan is a village. Please don’t let it sprawl into this historic, peaceful area. Please don’t rewrite the rules to allow this.
I would hope that the leaders of this community, along with town officials, could come together and re-channel the energy that’s going into this current fight to come up with a better location 3⁄4 one that does not shoehorn something into the wrong space. I understand that certain locations were turned down in the past, but that does not prevent us from reexamining them. There is a better place for this.
Gigi Brush Priebe