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29 acres available for 'housing crisis'

Cary Ashby • Apr 5, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Norwalk city council has approved to have the property at 57 Cline St. rezoned to include triplexes, larger apartment buildings and condos.

Realtor Annette Wilcox, after Tuesday’s meeting, said she believes having such apartment complexes is a good thing, given the “housing crisis” in Norwalk. She told council her office receives about 45 calls per day from people inquiring about rental properties.

“We need every apartment and every house available,” said Wilcox, the listing agent for 57 Cline St., which has about 29 acres. “We are looking for the future.”

Council passed the ordinance by a 5-1 vote, changing the zoning of the property from R-2 to R-3. Councilman Jordy Horowitz voted against the legislation and Councilwoman Deb Lucal was absent Tuesday due to health reasons.

“I’m personally not in favor of this,” Horowitz said while discussing the issue.

Glover Avenue resident Robert Vick walked out of the meeting immediately after the vote. During the March 26 public hearing on the issue, he said he objected to the zoning change because having an apartment complex on Cline Street could result in lower property values in the area.

Council had its first hearing on the ordinance Jan. 3. The issue then was tabled and referred to the Norwalk planning commission, which unanimously recommended council passing it.

For many years, the land had been used as a working farm. Horses were kept on the property, which includes a two-story house and barn.

In other action, Mayor Rob Duncan reported there is a Hearts for Hunger collection box in city hall. Non-perishable food items will go to food banks.

“We are working in tandem with Gaymont on this,” he said. 

Also, safety-service director Ellen Heinz told council that the applicants for the 25th police officer has been narrowed down to 10.

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