Focus on Business Development

Around and around we go. Several years ago a developer wanted to construct apartments on the property that abuts the railroad station and the cemetery. For various reasons, many residents were opposed to this development.

Currently, the Old Saybrook Planning Commission is responding to a petition to build 187 apartments with one and two bedrooms near North Main Street. There are serious traffic safety issues, even though only about 60 renters will be permitted to own cars, greatly increasing pedestrian traffic.

The developers of this property state they would pay taxes of $250,000 a year. When you factor in added police, teachers, and additional town spending for services, the tax revenue generated is insufficient. The town needs to focus on business development to enhance tax revenues.

This area, I believe, is more suitable for businesses or recreation activities. I know the State of Connecticut wants some of the land for increased parking for Shore Line East riders. To avoid repeated hurricane damage and rebuilding, relocate the town's 18-hole mini golf course on this property. In addition, construct buildings to rent space to tele-computing centers or other businesses.

Eleanor Susan LaPlace

Old Saybrook

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