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Take the opportunity to learn more about who is running for office in Greenwich on Tuesday, November 7th by clicking on any of the links below.





The Greenwich League of Women Voters has compiled and published a Voter's Guide.  It is available in English (rather than Latin as implied by caption on the front page of the Greenwich Time on November 1st -- see picture at left).






Listen to the October 31st First Selectman's Debate broadcast on WGCH with Tony Savino  (runs about 27 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlUNX6ebzcE

Download a pdf image of the complete 2017 Greenwich ballot here: http://www.riversideassociation.org/news/2017greenwichballot

The Riverside Association has compiled this information --



District 5 and District 12  RTM Candidates Forum
set for Monday, October 30, 2017  from 7:30-9:00 PM


Please attend one of the Riverside Association-sponsored candidate forums to learn more about your neighbors who have thrown their hats into the ring to represent our community as part of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM).  Tell me more about the Representative Town Meeting (RTM)! provides a brief overview of RTM responsiblities.

There are 30 candidates running for 18 available seats in District 5 (south of Putnam Avenue).  In District 12 (north of Putnam Avenue), 20 candidates are running for 21 available seats. 
The forums will follow a meet and greet format after a brief introduction of the candidates at 7:30 PM.  Locations are as follows:
  • District 5:  Riverside School gym
  • District 12:  North Mianus School media center
Most candidates in both districts have committed to attending the forum.  The meet and greet format allows maximum time for you to engage each candidate individually.

We encourage you to come out Monday night to learn what each candidate has to offer so you can make an informed decision on Election Day, November 7th.



Plans for old Estate Treasures building site at 1162 East Putnam before P&Z Commission in Public Hearing on October 3, 2017

1162 East Putnam Avenue, LLC c/o Fareri Associates LP (applications PLPZ 2017 00376 and PLPZ 2017 00377) are appearing for a final site plan and special permit, to renovate the two (2) existing buildings, expand the second floor of the building at 1162-1166 East Putnam Avenue, and re-stripe the parking areas and internal circulation on a 37,125 sq. ft. property located at 1154-1166 East Putnam Avenue in the LB zone.  There are 66 parking spaces planned; currently, 60 spaces are on the property.

1162-1166 East Putnam formerly housed Estate Treasures.  The first floor will be renovated to accommodate three different retail businesses requiring 34 parking spaces.  The second floor will be expanded to allow for seven apartments (3 two bedroom units, 3 one bedroom units and 1 studio).   There will be 7 parking spaces allocated to the residents, with one space per unit.  The expansion of the second floor will not change the lot coverage of the building.

1154-1156 East Putnam (located behind the old Estate Treasures at the rear of the property) will be renovated to accommodate "The School of Rock," a music instruction business.  The music school will replace a light manufacturing business operating there today.



The facade of the building closest to Putnam Avenue would look like this.  (Replaces the old Estate Treasures facade.)










The building housing the School of Rock, located at the rear of the property, would look like this.





This project will also have a hearing before the Architectural Review Committee on Wednesday, October 4.  There are no proposed landscaping or lighting improvements presented in the current plans.


P&Z
Commission unanimously approves J&J Greenwich LLC project for Sheephill/Putnam intersection


On September 25 at a 4 P.M. special meeting, the Planning & Zoning Commission approved the proposal for the multi-use commercial and residential building proposed for the corner of Sheephill Road and East Putnam Avenue.   More than 50 concerned residents turned out to listen to the commission deliberate before taking its vote.

To gain four moderate income one bedroom apartments and mitigate the shortage of work force housing in Greenwich, the Commission made special exceptions to Town zoning regulations to allow a driveway from a commercial property to exit onto residential Sheephill Road at an already poorly functioning intersection with East Putnam Avenue.


The applicant, however, does need to meet other conditions including but not limited to:
  • Installing new signalling devices at the intersection to allow for an advanced green light for traffic on Sheephill Road
  • Ensuring the site is free of hazardous materials
  • Limiting days and hours of SU30 truck deliveries
  • Limiting hours of operation to 12 PM
  • Ensuring that the underground parking garage walls and roof are built to standards that allow vehicular traffic above if the Town should wish to improve the intersection in the future
  • Prohibiting fast food restaurants
  • Seeking special permit for other restaurants
  • Ensuring parking is adequate for customers generated by the business operating on the premises
Press coverage of the meeting can be found at the following links:
http://www.greenwichtime.com/local/article/Greenwich-officials-vote-yes-on-Sheephill-project-12227522.php#photo-14220356

https://greenwichfreepress.com/news/government/unanimous-vote-by-pz-on-sheephill-development-stuns-crowd-95136/


Planning & Zoning Commission to re-hear application
for large, mixed-use building at East Putnam Avenue/
Sheephill Road/Lockwood Lane on August 1st, 7:15 pm


J&J LLC will appear before the P&Z Commission again to get approval to merge its two properties at Sheephill Road and East Putnam Avenue in order to build the project described in detail below.  The Riverside Association will be reviewing the plans filed with the Planning Department prior to the public hearing to understand what changes, if any, have been made since this project was last presented to the P&Z Commission on June 27.  New information about the proposed project will appear on our News page on this website.

Please attend this hearing if possible; we need all the support we can garner to encourage the P&Z Commission to approve a smaller project that won't negatively impact Sheephill Road residents and create unsafe conditions for pedestrians -- particularly EMS students walking to school -- navigating this already challenging Route 1 intersection.



Planning & Zoning Commission defers decision for large mixed-use building at East Putnam Avenue/
Sheephill Road/Lockwood Lane intersection


Illustration (above) shows front elevation of the building from E. Putnam Avenue.

At its June 27 meeting, the P&Z Commission did not allow the application for the proposed 41,000+ square ft mixed-use building at the intersection of  Route 1/ Sheephill Road / Lockwood Lane to move forward.

The meeting room at Town Hall was filled with residents stating their concerns about the size of the project, the safety at that intersection for pedestrians (including EMS students) and cars, and the precedent it sets for the Putnam Avenue corridor. The project was discussed from 7:15 until almost 10:30 p.m.

Riverside Association board members presented feedback collected from residents via email, telephone and our online petition  -- which is now part of the public record regarding this proposed project.

Thanks to all for making your views known so that we can be your voice. We'll continue to monitor the plans for this intersection and share that information with you as it develops.

Greenwich Free Press covered the meeting proceedings.

https://greenwichfreepress.com/news/government/at-pz-sheephill-mixed-use-building-draws-standing-room-only-crowd-leaves-dilemma-90459/

Click here to find detailed plans on our News page
PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION AND EXPRESS YOUR VIEWS ON THIS PROJECT
https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/OneSheepLock



Replacement of Bridge over Cider Mill Brook on Sound Beach Avenue and intersection improvements at Sound Beach Avenue, Laddins Rock Road and Harding Road
Town Project Number 12-17, Bridge #03954

The Town of Greenwich has completed the preliminary design for the replacement of the bridge on Sound Beach Avenue over Cider Mill Brook (just south of Perrot Library) and roundabout at the intersection of Sound Beach Avenue, Laddins Rock Road, and Harding Road in order to make the intersection more efficient and safer for the travelling public and pedestrians.


A public information session on this project took place at Town Hall on May 18, 2017.  Changes to the roundabout and streetscape along Binney Park will be significant if this project proceeds as currently planned.  The Riverside Association will post more information on the proposal and what was discussed as soon as the Department of Public Works makes it available to us. 




LOCK YOUR CAR AND TAKE YOUR KEYS!

Greenwich Police Community Impact Officers Dan Paladino, Keith Hirsch and Sgt. John Thorme  offered the advice above to those who attended Riverside Association's meeting in March at St. Catherine's Church.  Most of the cars stolen in Greenwich are unlocked with the keys inside. 

Don't create the opportunity for thieves to take advantage of you.  Be aware of the situation around you.  Call the Greenwich Police Department non-emergency number (203-622-800) if you see something that's out of the ordinary.

We can all work together to make Riverside safe!



Riverside Railroad Bridge recognized as Landmark

Please take a fresh look at the cast-iron Riverside RR bridge when you next drive over it.  It has been recognized as part of Greenwich Landmarks in 2015 by the Greenwich Historical Society.








Recent Announcements

  • 2017 Election Results for RTM Districts 5 and 12 From the Registrars of Voters, Town of Greenwich  at 11 PM Tuesday, 11/8/2017All data sent is subject to re-verification. These results are unofficial. Official results are published the day after Election Day in conjunction with the Office of the Town Clerk. These results are sent as a courtesy, and their timeliness and frequency is entirely dependent on the activity of Election Day and the other responsibilities of the Registrars of Voters.District 5 Vote Tallies: Edward T. BROADHURST, III 793 Karen S. OZTEMEL 704 Christina S. DOWNEY 687 Nancy E. COOPER 671 Danyal OZIZMIR 628 Michael E. BASHAM 622 Joan B. THAKOR 615 Paul A. OLMSTEAD 609 Ashley M.B. SMITH 606 Lucy B. KRASNOR 599 ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2017, 6:03 AM by Elizabeth Peldunas
  • 2017 Greenwich Ballot Attached below is the complete ballot for all voting districts in Greenwich.  Make sure to look at both sides for your voting district!
    Posted Nov 1, 2017, 6:01 AM by Elizabeth Peldunas
  • Screenshots of the RTM District 5 and District 12 ballots Familiarize yourself with the layout of the Representative Town Meeting portion of the ballot.  Download the attached PDF for your voting district.Election Day is just over a week away!
    Posted Oct 29, 2017, 5:07 PM by Elizabeth Peldunas
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