New Gateway concept won't benefit Flanders

East Lyme First Selectman Paul Formica recently announced that one of his priorities is the completion of a large development project at Exit 74.

The original approved version of "Gateway" called for a mixed use low density commercial residential village along with major road improvements.

The current plan being promoted by Mr. Formica however is very different from the plan that went before the Zoning Commission and is a slap in the face to those of us who live in the neighborhoods surrounding Gateway and worked in good faith with the developer and town officials.

The new plan abandons the low density concept and instead calls for hundreds of high density rental cluster housing units to be built while putting on hold and dramatically changing the commercial development which was the core of the project.

In its current form, Gateway would add nothing to the tax base and will put additional stress on town services, especially education and water while creating a huge traffic issues in Flanders.

The Zoning Commission should hold new hearings on this revised project and the first selectman needs to explain how this project benefits East Lyme.

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