Letter: Does overdevelopment really mean progress?

Below is a Letter to the Editor from this week's Shelton Herald. If you'd like to have a letter to the editor run next week, email letters to brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com

Below is a Letter to the Editor from this week's Shelton Herald. If you'd like to have a letter to the editor run next week, email letters to brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com

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To the Editor:

The state supreme court has just decided to uphold the approval for the Shelter Ridge development on the corner of Mill Street and Bridgeport Avenue. While it is ultimately a “lawful” project, why do we, as a community, need or want this project? And who is this monstrosity benefiting? Once we break ground, the history and natural beauty of that land will have been destroyed. We cannot take it back. Is this how we define progress?

Shelton is currently experiencing growth in a haphazard manner. We are witnessing the construction of massive apartment complexes downtown, with grossly inadequate parking, while proper civic planning and traffic studies seem non-existent. Multiple retail spaces, such as Shelton Square, sit empty on Bridgeport Avenue, and we’re still waiting for the skeleton of Fountain Square to come to life. How are these developments impacting our history and our environment? Is this to be Shelton’s legacy?

We have been in the suburban/corporate sprawl mindset for too long. We want and need more depth in our hometown experience. Bigger isn’t always better, and our growth could be geared towards honoring both our natural assets and our history. Through state and federal grants, partnered with small business tax incentives and a comprehensive marketing plan, Shelton has the opportunity to realize its potential as a cultural and agricultural mecca in southern New England.

City leadership has a responsibility to create and honor a vision for our future. We are currently experiencing growth that presents neither vision nor honor. On Nov. 2, each individual in our beautiful city can make the decision to build that vision. As your Alderman, I will be passionate about steering our city in the direction of honorable, sustainable and responsible growth, with the heart and soul of Shelton in mind. Shelton, what do you Envision?

Michelle Bialek

Second Ward Alderman candidate