Protesters demand Black Rock residential development project be scaled back
A protest Sunday in Black Rock had residents repeating their demands that plans for a residential development be scaled back.
The group also encouraged people to attend a public meeting set for Tuesday.
They say they're opposed to the scale of a five-story, 52-unit apartment complex with two retails spaces and parking.
They say the scope of the complex is not only out of character with historic Black Rock, but would also cause traffic congestion, which they say would make it hard for emergency vehicles to get through to the neighborhood.
"We as residents, regardless of whether we live next door, down the street or up towards Saint Mary's, we're going to be affected by this because there's a lot more development coming, and that's what's so frightening," said resident Donna Curran.
"The drag racing on Fairfield Avenue is constant. I just have a fear that this is just a major accident waiting to happen and I just don't think it really represents the community. It represents developers wanting to make money," said resident Pat Nivakoff.
The group, which has a petition in circulation, said the height and volume of the development would overwhelm the neighborhood.
The public meeting is set for Tuesday at 6 p.m. at 45 Lyon Terrace.
The developer did not respond to News 12 Connecticut's request for comment.