Gideon Fountain writes:
After a series of moderately testy e-mails last night and this morning, Fudrucker and I have, um, buried the hatchet, as they say. Here is that “controversial” post and, as always
, I welcome comment from readers who disagree, or can perhaps shed more light on this issue…
I thought it was kind of “cheesy” when the North Greenwich Congregational Church allowed its beautiful old, 1827 building and steeple to be absolutely stuffed with cell-phone transmission equipment, but I’m even more revolted, or at least perplexed, that the Greenwich Reform Synagoue’s President, Bill Grad, has decided to pull out of a what appeared to be a highly mutually beneficial agreement with The Stanwich School.
The most astounding part is Mr. Grad’s announcement that they’re pursuing a plan to build condominiums on the 11-acre site! That part of Stanwich Road is in Greenwich’s 2-acre zone. The road itself is a narrow, 2-lane “country road”, and all property up there is septic and well.
Obviously it is not zoned for condos, so Mr. Grad will presumably be involved in a future lawsuit with the Town of Greenwich Planning and Zoning Department? Oh, and he’s also running for the office of Tax Collector for the Town of Greenwich!
As you can imagine, there is absolutely nothing more tantalizing, more beckoning, more delicious to the Legislative and Judicial branches of Connecticut government than the prospect of breaking Greenwich zoning laws. Finally, they’d be able to really show those “rich people”! Oh sure, they love the (approximately) $1.3 BILLION that Greenwich sends annually to Hartford, but the actual citizens of Greenwich? Ehh..not so much.
So, thanks Mr. Grad! And while you’re at it, why not a gas station? Or a