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East Norwalk development considered; a vaping discussion & two charity food events at Aitoro’s

This illustration shows concepts being developed for East Norwalk Transit Oriented development.

NORWALK, Conn. — Around Norwalk:

  • East Norwalk opinions sought at T.O.D. forum
  • Discussion about vaping
  • A Taste of Fairfield County
  • Cooking for Charity

East Norwalk’s reactions to TOD sought Monday

A community forum on recommendations for the East Norwalk Transit Oriented Development (TOD) planis being held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday .

“We will present the proposed recommendations, and strategies developed with the help of the Community Workshops to date,” a Norwalk Tomorrow flier states. “How would you prioritize these? What did we miss? What are the next steps and how can you be part of East Norwalk’s future?”

You can read about the recommendations here. They include encouraging “appropriately scaled development:”

  • Allow additional height and increased density at gateway/corners to allow active uses on the ground floor (three to three-and-a-half stories, 40-45 feet)
  • Develop design guidelines that reflect community preferences for massing, scale, façades, site treatments
  • Link proposed increase in density required for new development to amenities desired by the community; consider bonus/menu structure in Zoning; i.e. additional height allowed in exchange for one or more amenities

 

Seaview Avenue could be promoted as a pedestrian promenade and the East Norwalk Cemetery could be known as a respectful open space, consultants say. A parking permit program could be developed.

The meeting will be held in the City Hall community room, located at 125 East Ave.

 

Vaping will be the topic

A panel discussion for parents and students on youth vaping will be co-hosted by State Representatives Gail Lavielle and Tom O’Dea from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Trackside Teen Center, located at 15 Station Road in Wilton. The dialogue will address vaping’s dangers, community impact, and potential solutions.

Panelists will include Insight Counseling LLC director Elizabeth Jorgensen, Wilton School Superintendent Dr. Kevin Smith, New Canaan School Superintendent Dr. Bryan Luizzi, Wilton High Principal Dr. Robert O’Donnell, Wilton High Student Body President Rishabh Raniwala, Wilton Police Chief John Lynch, and representatives from Wilton Youth Services and Wilton Youth to Youth.

“If you are unable to attend the discussion, but would like to learn more about this issue or offer your comments, please contact me. I’m always happy to hear from you,” Lavielle is quoted as saying.  She can be reached at (800) 842 1423 or [email protected]

 

 

 

Savor culinary delicacies while helping others less fortunate

“A Taste of Fairfield County,” the annual food and drink tasting event sponsored by Family & Children’s Agency (FCA), will take place from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Aitoro Appliance, located at 401 Westport Ave.  Attendees will enjoy lively music by the New Orleans Beatniks while sampling delectable offerings from The Blind Rhino, Cask Republic, Fiesta Express, FlipSide Burgers & Bar, Haruki, Local, Saltwater, Washington Prime, and The SoNo Collection’s new Yalla Organic Hummus & Grill. Fun prizes will be raffled courtesy of BJ Ryan’s, The Blind Rhino, Fiesta Express, Mecha Noodle Bar, and Stepping Stones Museum for Children.

Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 at the door and can be purchased online.

Proceeds will support FCA’s Community Connections programs,  helping hundreds of homeless adults and families achieve self-sufficiency.  In addition to its housing services, FCA maintains a  South Norwalk day center offering laundry assistance, cooking classes, computer access, and other amenities.  FCA is Norwalk’s 211 Coordinated Access Network (CAN) site, benefitting families undergoing  homeless crises.  To learn more about CANs, go here.

 

Culinary delights to support Norwalk non-profits

A dozen local chefs will prepare small plates of their specialty dishes at the “3rd Annual Cooking for Charity Holiday Season Kick Off” from 6-8:30 p.m.  Thursday at Aitoro Appliance, located at 401 Westport Ave.  The event will benefit two non-profits:  Human Services Council and the Norwalk Rotary Club.  Featured restaurants include:  Blind Rhino, Dry Dock Bar & Grille, Cask Republic, Copps Island Oysters, Don Carmelo’s Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar, El Segundo, Forever Sweet Bakery, Planet Pizza, Steel Sharpens Steel Catering, The Spread, Washington Prime and Winfield Street Coffee.  Desserts will be donated by La Dolce Bakery and Wave Hill Breads.

Plentiful wine, beer, soft drinks and coffee will be on hand.  A high point in the festivities will be a chance raffle and the 50/50 raffle.

Human Services Council’s programs include substance abuse prevention, child advocacy, school-based mentoring, school-based health, and supportive housing.  Norwalk Rotary Club is long-known for awarding scholarships to graduating high school students, providing dictionaries for all third grade students, volunteering each year at the Oyster Festival, and performing many other community services.

Generous sponsors are Norwalk Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Fairfield County Bank, Key Bank, Webster Bank, HomeServe USA, and Lesko Funeral Home.  Many other kindhearted local businesses bought ads in the program book and donated over $7,000 in auction items.

Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 at the door, available here or email [email protected]

For more info, contact Kim Killoy at [email protected] or (203) 849 1111 x3023

8 comments

Steve Mann November 17, 2019 at 12:53 pm

Sorry what am I missing regarding the EN TOD? Plans have been made, ground has been broken, and this train is moving down the tracks. Public comments have been cut off up until now. Does the public really have a say?

David Muccigrosso November 17, 2019 at 1:10 pm

Are you frigging kidding me? That’s my favorite laundromat; all the other ones in Sono burn my clothes. Please don’t destroy my laundromat.

Tom In East Norwalk November 17, 2019 at 9:35 pm

I went to the “public workshop” in July regarding the East Norwalk TOD. It feels like the whole process was a public relations flim flam and sham! The outcome was predetermined.

I pent 2+ hours there with more than 50 other concerned neighbors. The entire strategy of the people doing the “research” seemed to be to get us to tell them which one of their ideas we disliked the least. They did not seem to be open to the many suggestions, comments and ideas from the neighbors. This supposed report reflects their agenda, not the desires or input of the neighbors in attendance.

For example – we did say we favored maintaining buildings to 2 stories in keeping with the character of our neighborhood. We did NOT say we wanted to “exchange” allowing taller (40 – 45) buildings for amenities.

I wasted my time and fooled myself think I was help my hometown. I feel this push to develop East Norwalk into a commercial center is probably being driven (funded?) by out of town developers. Perhaps it pays to donate to campaigns.

Tom In East Norwalk November 17, 2019 at 9:36 pm

I went to the “public workshop” in July regarding the East Norwalk TOD. It feels like the whole process was a public relations flim flam and sham! The outcome was predetermined.

I pent 2+ hours there with more than 50 other concerned neighbors. The entire strategy of the people doing the “research” seemed to be to get us to tell them which one of their ideas we disliked the least. They did not seem to be open to the many suggestions, comments and ideas from the neighbors. This supposed report reflects their agenda, not the desires or input of the neighbors in attendance.

For example – we did say we favored maintaining buildings to 2 stories in keeping with the character of our neighborhood. We did NOT say we wanted to “exchange” allowing taller (40 – 45) buildings for amenities.

I feel I wasted my time and fooled myself think I was helping my hometown. I feel this push to develop East Norwalk into a commercial center is probably being driven (funded?) by out of town developers. Perhaps it pays to donate to campaigns.

The Norwalker November 18, 2019 at 7:28 am

The existing 4 Gas Stations in East Norwalk are relied on by many Commuters, Residents of East & South Norwalk and even a lot of people in Westport.

John ONeill November 18, 2019 at 11:08 am

Anyone who’s driven on East Avenue during the summer knows if zoning allows for increased density in East Norwalk major traffic problems will occur. You’ll need a helicopter to get to Calf Pasture — Speaking of Calf Pasture, does anyone have figures on Beach revenue for this summer. I haven’t seen final numbers on new beach parking system.

Residente November 18, 2019 at 11:40 am

Tom – maintaining character of your neighborhood? Not these days.. East Norwalk is next.

How many units are in the Curb, how many units are going into Washington village.. Look at the massive mall, I think you are correct, the character of many Neighborhoods are modified by out of town developers.

Not Rowayton though, imagine a developer acquiring and trying to build there. NIMBY would prevail!

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