Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei announced today a proposal to build 1,215 units of moderate income housing at the waterfront property formerly owned by the defunct New Haven Railroad on the Cos Cob waterfront. When completed, the 625 residents of Adams Garden in Riverside will be moved there, and the Adams Garden acreage will be re-zoned for single-family housing and industrial use. Remaining units at what Tesei says will be named “Bush Holley Flats” as a reflection of its architecture and the mud flats surrounding the site, will be reserved for tenants of Armstrong Court, and assigned by lottery.
“The fiasco at GHS taught us something,” Tesei told reporters, “which is that we shouldn’t mess with PCBs. The expense of clearing up that Pandora’s box will be stunning, and even threatens to bankrupt the town in the decades to come. The liability we’d expose taxpayers to if we permitted their children to play on contaminated fields at what until today we’d planned as a recreation area is mind-boggling, and as Chief Executive, I simply won’t let that happen. Yes, it’s a tough decision, and I know that many parents will be disappointed to lose the additional playing fields they, and we had anticipated, but I was elected to lead, and this decision is, I believe, in the very best interest of the town.”
Jim Campbell, Chairman of the Republican Town Committee, flanked Tesei during his speech but declined comment afterwards other than to say, “this one’s on Peter.”