Back in the day — before Bridgeport Hydraulic built a water storage facility, and Staples High School moved in across the street — North Avenue was farmland.
A couple of decades ago, the Rippe farm and orchard was replaced by Greystone Farm Lane. Developers tossed a bone to the past, designing parts of some of the houses to look like silos.
Which may provide one solution to a controversy now roiling the road.
Aquarion — Bridgeport Hydraulic’s successor — wants to build 2 water tanks at the site it owns. Their 39-foot height concerns neighbors.
Pete Romano has an idea.
The LandTech principal knew that on Wilton Road at Newtown Turnpike, Aquarion used a facade to “hide” some of its equipment.
He asked Peter Wormser — an architect at his engineering firm — to design something similar for North Avenue.
The result: 2 “barns.”
“I know Wilton Road is not as big,” Romano says. “And maybe Aquarion needs access on all 4 sides. But it’s an idea. It might get people talking.”
North Avenue will not go back to apple orchards and onion farms.
But perhaps — even with 2 big pumping stations — it can look that way.