East Norwalk residents — and their neighbors around the corner in Saugatuck — are breathing easier today.
Developers of a 330,000-square foot distribution center proposed for Norden Place have withdrawn their application.
Norwalk’s Zoning Commission was scheduled to discuss the plan tonight. The meeting has been canceled.
The warehouse and distribution facility included 19 loading docks. It would generate up to 190 truck trips a day, and more than 350 trips by car.
According to “Nancy on Norwalk,” owners promised to keep traffic to the hours of 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. — “to the extent commercially practicable.”
Much of that traffic would spill onto Route 136. In Westport — around the corner from Norden Place — that’s Saugatuck Avenue. A few yards away in Norwalk, it’s called Winfield Street.
Westporters were also concerned about truck drivers mistakenly getting off I-95 Exit 17 — rather than 16 — and becoming stuck under the railroad bridge.
The proposal generated tremendous opposition, including a petition signed by more than 1,700 people.
Westport 1st Selectman Jim Marpe, Planning & Zoning director Mary Young, the full Planning & Zoning Commission and Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce president Matt Mandell were among the most vocal opponents.
In December, P & Z members Cathy Walsh and Chip Stephens presented a letter to Norwalk’s planning board. They said:
East Norwalk and Saugatuck operate as one ecosystem. We share the same air, water, roads and traffic. We have extensive shared service agreements in place for EMS, fire and police.
Both towns have made substantial progress toward increasing our sustainability, walkability and safety by investing in sidewalks, crosswalks and roadways. This project runs contrary to our collective long term goals and will negatively impact the health, safety and welfare of the residents of our community.
(To read more, click here for the “Nancy on Norwalk” story)