Residents voice concerns about future of Main Street

The eastern Main Street corridor, south of the Merritt Parkway, is more than just a gateway to the Westfield Trumbull shopping mall or a gateway to Bridgeport, according to residents who live in the area and who are concerned about the future development of their neighborhood.

“A lot of people aren’t familiar with the area,” resident John Pappas said. “There are hundreds of residences and quiet streets nearby. Anything that further develops that area needs to be carefully laid out.”

Pappas and several other residents who live near the eastern Main Street corridor presented a letter to the Planning and Zoning Commission last month, as the commission met to get input on the update to the Plan of Conservation and Development. The POCD is a long-range land use plan for the community and a tool to guide a community’s future. Its purpose is to establish a common vision and determine strategies to attain that vision, according to the commission.

Residents are concerned about commercialization of the area, according to the letter.

“Understandably, the commission is looking for ways to remediate the older houses on this strip, add to the town’s tax base and solve the strip’s disrepair issues,” the letter said. “As Trumbull property owners we are also concerned with these issues — but they must be balanced with keeping Trumbull a community who values its way of life while still protecting its neighborhoods.”

The letter cites the 2006 plan, which discusses maintaining and preserving the character of residential neighborhoods. Residents say they are concerned that input from a few property owners and developers who are pushing zoning changes, to allow for an upscale commercial district, will trump the opinions of the people who live nearby.

“If a real and reasonable transition is to take place, it should be strategically laid out, planned, communicated, and adhered to, in lieu of being performed on an ad-hoc basis that only listens and bows to selfish demands,” the letter says.

The letter says that current and past “piecemeal transition” could and may have already hurt communities on Bonnie View Drive, Ochsner Place, Botsford Place, West Main Street, and Gorham Place.

Pappas said the residents are happy that their opinions will be taken into consideration as the plan is created.

“We are not necessarily advocating for certain types of zoning — we know that area is being looked at,” Pappas said. “What we are looking for is a plan strategically laid out, communicated and adhered to.”

Pappas said he hopes that no matter what may move into the area, it keeps a residential look.

“It’s always been a residential community,” he said. “The residential community feel and look should stay, however it evolves.”

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