In case you somehow missed it, there has been a lot of talk since last semester about a proposed development that could find itself right next to Wesleyan’s campus on Washington Street, between High and Pearl. For those who have strong interest and/or opinions about this topic, Middletown’s Planning and Zoning Commission is holding a public hearing on Wednesday, February 27th at 7 p.m. that will address two zone-change proposals that could either allow or prevent this development from happening.
Specifically, the hearing will address the developers’ zoning code text amendment proposal — which would allow for more commercial development on Washington Street to go forward — and that of avid opponent to the development Ed Mckeon, which would make the zone under consideration become eligible for residential use only, thus preventing the development from going forward. More information about the two zone change proposals can be found here, but disregard the original pre-Nemo hearing date.
If you want to attend and/or testify at the hearing, here is some important information:
What: Middletown Planning and Zoning Commission Public Hearing on proposed zoning code text amendments
Where: 245 DeKoven Drive, Council Chambers (in City Hall)
When: February 27th at 7 p.m.
If you plan on testifying: try to arrive before 7 p.m., and bring at least one printed copy of your testimony. You will only be given a couple minutes to deliver it, so make it concise.
For extensive reporting on all things Washington Street Development, check out the links after the jump (provided by the WSA).
Long-story short: the whole debate essentially started when Wesleyan made a blog post about potentially relocating Broad Street Books to the proposed site. Some people initially approved of it, while others (like many Middletown residents and Wesleyan faculty / students) immediately disapproved. While the University officially decided to not relocate the bookstore, the developers are still making strides in trying to build the proposed strip-mall.
For an enormous amount of information on the whole story / debate, here are all the links sent to students by the WSA on February 6th (most of the titles to these links are gabzalot’s doing, not the WSA’s):
- How it all began (includes comments)
- Administration began to think twice
- Some Middletown residents spoke their mind
- Followed by the Mayor’s thoughts
- It became official: the bookstore is staying put