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Letter: Ridge 29 Proposal Will Change Pound Ridge's Character

Anthony Sblendorio, a principal with Ridge 29, LLC.
Anthony Sblendorio, a principal with Ridge 29, LLC. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- Pound Ridge Daily Voice accepts signed letters to the editor. Send signed letters to PoundRidge@dailyvoice.com.

To the editor:

Regarding the proposed 29 Acres development in Pound Ridge: Our family has lived on Pine Drive in Pound Ridge for the last 20 years. We were attracted by the excellent school system, by the lack of industry or major highways, by the trees, the privacy, the quiet streets, the small-town character.

We bought a house, started our son in the elementary school, made friends and got active in the Newcomers Club and the Ambulance Corps. We thought that small-town character was something we could bank on. Ridge 29, LLC, and CH State Holdings, LLC, have other banking plans in mind.

They propose to put 43 “units” on an impossible piece of property in an unsuitable area and irrevocably change the character of this town. Each approximately 2500 square feet “unit” will have, on average, three bedrooms.

This will be a shock to our town’s “system” in terms of density and demand for services. EMS and the fire department are all volunteer and sometimes have trouble covering the existing territory. Perhaps the developers will guarantee that the residents will join those corps to help with the increased demand? Is our elementary school ready for the influx?

Do we have to sue ourselves to get the support that we should have had all along? This isn’t just a town issue- the proposed development will sit directly above a stream leading to Stamford’s water supply.

Perhaps the town boards see this as the easiest way to satisfy the “affordable” housing mandate - it requires no apparent effort on the town’s part - and have thrown Pine Drive and Hemlock Hill (and Rolling Meadow and Trinity Pass, if it comes to that) to the developers, all for the sake of four “affordable” units.

This development is not about affordable housing, this is about maximizing return on investment. None of us could complain if the developer wanted to put up five, six or seven single family homes on the site, with access spread among the three possible entry ways.

The Pound Ridge town boards must come to their collective senses to stop this misguided project.

Sincerely,

Marty Kremer

Pound Ridge

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