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Norwalk roundup: OHP, Zoning and a Zoom forum

An illustration presented in a recent Norwalk Zoning Commission meeting.

NORWALK, Conn. – Some Norwalk doings:

  • Oak Hills names new pro; leadership shifts
  • Your chance to weigh in on Glover Avenue apartments, today
  • ‘Sead for Change’ presents Zoom forum for ‘real answers’ on education’s ‘summer slump’

Alexander new golf pro

Paul Alexander has been named to the position of Head Golf Professional at Oak Hills Hills Park, Oak Hills Park Authority Chairman Carl Dickens announced. Alexander has worked as a teaching professional at Oak Hills, entering his ninth season. He worked under PGA Pro-Ed Ruiz, who recently resigned to take a position with the Billy Casper Golf Management group in Maryland.

He’s been an Assistant Golf Professional at Winged Foot Golf Club, Ridgeway Country Club, and Bear Creek Golf Club for seven years, as well as a Teaching Professional at Flatirons Golf Club, a press release said. A member of PGA of America, he is certified in Ping, Titleist, and Tommy Armour Club Fitting School.

Also:

“Paul was awarded by the Metropolitan Golf Writers the “Family of the Year” award winner in 2003

“Paul’s playing resume consists of 18 wins in various tournaments as well as he holds the course record at Brae Burn with a 64 and twice the record at Ridgeway Country Club with a 63.

“Paul loves to work with young golfers’ groups and organizations and is a resident of Norwalk.

“Paul Graduated from University Colorado at Boulder with a BA in Communications”

 

OHPA recently elected new leaders:

  • Chairperson, Carl Dickens
  • Vice Chair, Mike Delpalma
  • Treasurer, Joe Andrasko

 

Public comment invited regarding  Glover Avenue apartment proposal

Public comment via email is invited today, when the the Zoning Commission convenes at 6 p.m. to review Building Land Technology (BLT)’s application for construction of “North Seven”, a mixed use complex containing 1,303 apartments plus 27,865 square feet of retail across 8 buildings ranging from 5 to 15 stories on a 16.9 acre tract along the west side of Glover Avenue. Full details of BLT’s proposal are here.

Public comments may be submitted to Norwalk Zoning Director Steve Kleppin at [email protected]  To be read into the record, comments must be received by 3 p.m. today.

 

 

Summer Slump to be a topic

Jalin Sead, who is seeking to unseat Brenda Penn-Williams as Norwalk NAACP President, and Tristan Fields have organized a Zoom meeting for 7 p.m. June 30 to address Summer Slump.

“We know that the pandemic has affected our students’ academic progress. We also know that students who don’t practice the skills they have learned in school far behind known as the Summer Slump,” their flier states. “Therefore, we have gathered education professionals, and leaders of organizations, to give parents tips on how to best support their children during the summer as well as information on summer program offerings. There will be a Q&A section for parents to ask questions, and get real answers. Parents will walk away with options and guidance for how to support their children by some of our city’s top educators.”

5 comments

Norwalk parent June 24, 2020 at 6:09 am

Summer Slump…agree. And it’s made worse this year because of the remote learning.
Even more reason why schools NEED to be open this summer.

John ONeill June 24, 2020 at 9:27 am

Regarding doing business with BLT.. Please read their history with City of Stamford and have the phone number of a good lawyer handy. Just in case..

Brad Craighead June 24, 2020 at 3:05 pm

Letter sent to Steve Kleppin / Zoning Commission re: “North Seven”

Norwalk Green Association
85 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851

March 21, 2018
To: Stephen Kleppin; Zoning Commission
City of Norwalk
125 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06856

Re: “North Seven” – Mixed Use Project w/ 1,303 apartments
Building Land Technology
Glover Avenue
Norwalk, CT

Dear Mr. Kleppin:

This letter is being sent to you as a concerned Board member of the Norwalk Green Association, which is principally comprised of the following stakeholders: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, First Congregational Church, Mill Hill / Norwalk Historical Society, Park Towers Condominiums, Human Services Council, Lesko Funeral Home, 83 East Ave LLC, SCA Crowley Real Estate, and Norwalk Green Living.

Our Board firmly believes that the greatest threat to the quality of life of our iconic Neighborhood’s ~1,000 full time residents, numerous commercial businesses and religious / cultural institutions is unmanageable traffic flow and its impact upon pedestrian safety.

In my view, the increase in undirected traffic flow resulting from the “North Seven” development project would substantially impact the quality of life of our citizens and potentially all other Neighborhoods in the East Avenue and West Avenue corridor located between i-95 and the Merritt Parkway. With the advent of Waze and other community driven navigational apps, vehicular traffic will follow the “path of least resistance” and therefore vehicular traffic needs to be directed to major arteries and away from secondary and tertiary roads.

With the proposed “North Seven” development’s 1,303 apartments, 27,865 sqft of retail (in addition to the existing ~710 apartments) there will likely be 3,000 – 5,000 more people living in the Glover Ave area and a plan needs to be approved that ensures that a traffic channel is created to direct traffic to the development from the Rt 7 Connector / Merritt Parkway.

Perhaps a highway Entrance / Exit could be introduced from the Rt 7 Extension to access Glover Ave directly, rather than encouraging traffic to simply follow a circuitous route on the tree lined streets directly through the center of our beautiful, vibrant city.

Sincerely,
Bradford P. Craighead

Jim June 27, 2020 at 1:32 pm

While Ed Ruiz will be sorely missed at Oak Hills after making many process upgrades and customer service improvements, Paul Alexander is a welcome member of the management staff at Oak Hills. In addition to all his experience listed, Paul has eight years as head pro at Brae Burn Country Club in Harrison, NY. Can’t wait to see the results of his ideas for Oak Hills!

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