NORWALK, Conn. — Crime is down in the Waypointe area, developer Paxton Kinol told the Zoning Commission last month.
A “critical mass of people makes it safe,” he said, asserting that “they took a police officer away from our neighborhood.”
There was a shooting May 18 at 33 Orchard St., across the street from Quincy Lofts and just down the street from Waypointe. A man suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, according to Norwalk Police, who said the shooting was not random and that the victim was likely targeted.
Kinol on Aug. 16 told the Zoning Commission that the shooting was “gang versus gang,” with the victim visiting his grandmother and sitting on her porch.
There was an incident with one set of car rims stolen in the retail section of the garage, he said. Out of towners who target different cities have been caught in the garages, and security gates that close at 1 a.m. and open at 5 a.m. have solved the problem, he said. There are video cameras but, “If they are from Brooklyn or Queens no one recognizes them.”
Norwalk Police Lt. Terrance Blake said Quincy Lofts, which opened last summer, “had a total of 23 calls for service from March 10, 2016 to date. There is a large variety of calls for service, motor vehicle accident, evading accident, disturbance, roaming dog, loitering, noise, suspicious person, etc.”
On May 12, there were two calls for burglaries to vehicles.
“One was unlocked and nothing was taken. The other had a smashed out window and a jar of change was taken,” Blake said. “The 500 West Av address had a total of 23 calls for service from April 18, 2014 to date. Again they have had the same types of call for service.”
There have not been decreased patrols; “To the contrary patrols were increased in the area,” he said.
The Zoning Commission is continuing its public hearing on Pinnacle at Waypointe, the final phase of the development, planned for Loehmann’s Plaza, Wednesday evening.
It’s been noted that foot traffic is way up in the neighborhood.
“If you walk on the city streets in the morning or after work, there are hundreds of people walking around that weren’t there five years ago,” Kinol said. “There are people going for bike rides and walking their dogs, and just active out in the community and spending the money in the community.”
Former Zoning Commissioner Mike Mushak said five years ago the neighboring Matthews Park was empty.
“We always wished for lots of people,” Mushak said. “There are lots of people in the park now, it’s great.”