Cos Cob Residents Meeting Tonight to Oppose Development

Cos Cob Families Fighting For Residential Rights is holding a meeting tonight at 7pm Cos Cob Fire House to discuss proposed 20,000 square foot institution with parking for 100 cars on Orchard St.


Anyone who says "Cos Cob is all existent on Putnam Avenue" or wonders "What sense of community?" clearly doesn't know this close knit, wonderful neighborhood very well. As news of the proposed development by Greenwich Reform Synagogue on Orchard Street trickled out residents reacted with shock and anger and they are uniting in opposition to the project.

There are many reasons for this, none of which have to do with the religious nature of the building.

Firstly, is an inappropropriate development for a site where three houses were turned down at wetlands in 2008 for too intensive use of land.

Traffic is already a major problem on Orchard between Central Middle School, Greenwich High, and Stanwich School, and given that our children walk to school along Orchard and streets like Valleywood, which is used as a cut through to Orchard by too many people and which has no sidewalks, the idea of adding another institution with more traffic is anathema to parents concerned with our children's safety.

I could go on about the reasons why this is an extremely bad idea for our neighborhood, but instead I urge you to come to the meeting tonight and learn how to join the fight with the 200 neighbors who've already signed up.




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Jake Ryan November 20, 2012 at 03:49 PM
We residents are being over-policed about FAR restrictions, variances, etc. All I care about is that these restrictions are not waved for the structure in question. If we're all to stomach the eyesore of a huge structure with 24hr lighting it had at least better be subject to all of the restrictions we are.
OSR November 20, 2012 at 04:38 PM
So if this is permitted. What is next, tear down a few houses in ANY neighborhood in Greenwich and put up a bank, gas station, car dealership....
dtwx November 20, 2012 at 05:47 PM
OSR -- the difference is that religious institutions are allowed to build in a residential zoned area with a special variance. No other commercial business can do really that without changing the zoning of the area(s), which is much harder to do (if even possible).
nyc2GwichTransplant November 20, 2012 at 06:24 PM
There is already a religious property for sale nearby ... why don't they just buy that one and go there .. 471 Stanwich Road. $1.59m There is a structure in place and a parking lot already already on the property. Seems like that would be a better location that is ready made. I wonder why this is not being considered?
Sarah Darer Littman November 20, 2012 at 06:31 PM
From what I understand (just learned this today) there is some crazy thing with Greenwich Zoning law that the ONE 4 acre 471 Stanwich property only has a FAR allowing to build 10K square foot structure, yet by combining three smaller properties totally 2 acres in our neighbor GRS gets a bigger FAR. If this is indeed the case (and I'm not an expert, I'm just repeating what I was told) it says a lot about how screwed up land use laws are in this town.
BW November 20, 2012 at 06:53 PM
However out of character, illogical and impossible this project seems, we cannot sit back and take it lightly. Every signature, every voice and every physical body will play a huge role in determining the future of our neighborhood and homes. Please join us tonight at 7 pm at the Cos Cob Fire House to discuss next steps.
dtwx November 20, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Wow.. that's messed up. Sure seems like a more-than-perfect location for GRS.
Sarah Darer Littman November 20, 2012 at 06:57 PM
If it really is the case, and like I said, I'm just repeating what I was told, we need to lobby our town govt for more sensible laws, because it makes NO SENSE WHATSOEVER.


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