The proposed lot line revision that the Greenwich Reform Synagogue will be seeking at Tuesday’s P&Z meeting is necessary, it seems, because the selling land owner Lou Caravella wants to retain the front portion of his land and continue to live there. If he really expects to live peacefully with his neighbors after he and his son are through with this deal, the “Mayor of Cos Cob” is in for a rude awakening; land use issues like these, in my experience, pit neighbor against neighbor and are never forgiven.
So if Caravella figures this out, and if (when) the congregation’s application encounters trouble, I predict he’ll decide to take the money and run to Florida, which he can do if he simply sells the entire lot. That’s my prediction, although as a reader emailed me, he might get a higher dollar by selling to a Muslim congregation and give his former friends and neighbors a parting gift of amplified calls to prayer repeated throughout the day. That might be a good threat, at least.