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Letter: BJ’s would delay already-slow fire dept. response

By Bobbie Kinn

To the Editor:

(Editor’s note: The following is an open letter to Norwalk Zoning Commission Chairwoman Emily Wilson)

Dear Ms. Wilson,

As the Planning Commission and other elected and appointed officials continue to examine the pros and cons of granting a variance on Main Avenue for building a BJ’s or, for that matter, any other business that would generate a high volume of traffic, I would like to add one more concern.

Those of us who live or own businesses to the east of Main Avenue in the neighborhoods adjacent to West Rocks, East Rocks and Newtown Avenues have no fire station in our end of Norwalk. In case of fire or other emergencies, we are dependent on the fire station in Broad River. The emergency vehicles coming from Broad River are already slowed by the existing traffic on Main Avenue. I do not live far from Main Avenue, and yet, when we had the need to call the fire department, it was more than ten minutes before the first truck arrived. Surely, adding more traffic to an already congested road would further impede the response time and further isolate this part of Norwalk from the emergency services for which we pay taxes.

Sincerely yours,

Bobbie Kinn

Comments

4 responses to “Letter: BJ’s would delay already-slow fire dept. response”

  1. Joe Espo

    Some folks just don’t understand how putting forth unsupported specious arguments ruins the credibility of the cause.

  2. Suzanne

    Joe Espo, unclear. What do you mean?

  3. Tim T

    It seems the anti progress group is really reaching with this letter.

  4. Diane C2

    @Tim – both the strain on city services and the impact on emergency service response are valid and relevant items for consideration given the nature of the application. Traffic issues cannot be dismissed when you think about the volume of customer and employee cars (and increased city bus activity); box and tractor trailor deliveries; garbage, recycling trucks; repair vehicles, etc.

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