Affordable housing proposal in Fairfield draws safety concerns from neighbors

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A Fairfield neighborhood is voicing displeasure over a potential housing development proposal that they say will overcrowd the area and cause safety issues.

Paula Gallo has lived on Beacon View Drive in Fairfield since 2013. A proposed 20-unit affordable housing complex would be going right next door to her.

"I had a panic attack, and then I went downtown to see what everything looked like, and I went to planning and zoning and I started to look at all the maps," says Gallo.

The four-story building would be on a half-acre of land with 29 parking spaces. An increasing traffic density is why state Sen. Tony Hwang says this development becomes a public safety concern.

Hwang says the tall building complex will change the fabric of the neighborhood.

"It really is a reaction of the neighborhood saying, that this is absolutely inconsistent with the character and ultimately the nature of the community," says Hwang.

John Lamb, a realtor who lives in the area, is concerned about the traffic congestion and safety with more units on the street. He and other neighbors are OK with adding additional housing, just not something of this size.

Both Gallo and Lamb wish to come to a more suitable agreement with the developer for the plans for the street.

Neighbors plan to speak at the next planning and zoning meeting Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mckinley School.

 

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