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Lazy Lane Residents Lash Out Against Carpenter Construction Proposal

Tempers flared as the Southington neighborhood gathered in town hall Tuesday to question the proposed development of an Earth excavation processing facility along Lazy Lane.

Representatives of the S. Carpenter Construction Company are seeking to create an Earth excavation processing facility at the end of Triano Drive, but their proposal is being met with stiff opposition from neighboring residents concerned about their quality of life.

Nearly 30 residents from along Lazy Lane and Melcon Drive filled several rows in the Council Chambers at as plans were presented for the site during the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on Tuesday evening.

Their message was made clear and stated repeatedly - do not allow any construction projects on that property.

“I didn’t just buy my house there. I was born there; this is my life,” said Lazy Lane resident Joan Bradley. “Is the town out to destroy Lazy Lane? First we dealt with problems caused by Solvent Recovery and now we are looking at a ton of issues with this.”

Carpenter Construction, which owns the last parcel along the industrial road known as Triano Drive, is seeking a special permit for the development of an Earth excavation processing facility. The property is located roughly 1,200 feet from Lazy Lane and 1,050 feet from the nearest home, Development Attorney Anthony Denorfia said.

The proposal does not include the development of any buildings, but would instead allow the construction company to operate a “self-operating” processing plant on site. The operation would include the processing of topsoil, sand and crushed stone on site.

Stephen Giudice, a consultant and principal of Harry E. Cole & Sons, told members of the commission that a condition of site plan approval through the Conservation Commission does not allow for any hazardous materials or contaminated soil to be brought onto the site.

In addition, there will be no reclamation work done on site which means there will be no burning of materials or use of added chemicals.

But residents expressed concern that although Denorfia said it will not affect local homes and the location is in an isolated area, it is closer than indicated and would have strong negative effects on quality of life for neighbors.

Robert DeLeon Jr., a resident of Lazy Lane, questioned the analysis made by developers and said the combination of noise, dust and the proximity of the work are all unfair to residents.

“This site is anything but isolated,” DeLeon said. “When I look out my back window, I see the site. I’ve heard the truck on the site for the last two months and watched them as they’ve gone continually up and down Lazy Lane, not Queen Street as this plan represents.”

With workers on site as often as six days a week, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays, Stan Slipski said he’s extremely concerned that residents won’t get a break and will be constantly exposed to dust and other factors that will adversely affect their health.

The plan calls for a maximum of 32 trucks to be taken on the site per day – a total of as many as three trips per hour, Slipski noted – which would adversely affect the noise as well and cause further dust.

Bradley, a 65-year resident at her home on Lazy Lane, said these factors would make it impossible to even consider opening a window in the summer.

“I have a fire pit and one of my favorite activities is to sit on the back porch and enjoy the evening. I won’t be able to do that anymore,” she said. “Just once, I’d like to see someone look out for the residents for a change.”

Residents have been irritated by the ongoing construction and development within the industrial zone along Triano Drive. This is the eighth of nine plots to be developed on the subdivision and lies closest to Lazy Lane and the residential properties.

Giudice and Denorfia said that, despite complaints on Tuesday, their client has not done any work on the site in the last several months. Instead, the work seen has been construction crews hired by the town and other companies completing their construction in that area.

Furthermore, both also said that they would assure residents that work would be done as efficiently as possible, using a water truck to minimize any dust run off. They said the site could also remain dormant at times as well.

“As far as land goes, this is about as isolated a property as there is in Southington,” Denorfia said.

Commission members expressed concerns regarding the proposal as well and chose to keep the public hearing open until staff is able to gather more information. The hearing will resume on May 1.

joan bradley April 18, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Todd ,,, I have lived in this HOME, not for all of my 63 yrs. My father built this home, I was raised here, I raised my children here, and by the way it was not industrial zone for most of those years. There are other businesses going in there we are not opposed to but this is a health hazzard. And by the way this was the countryside until tthe town rezoned it. My parents taught me to make sure I have my facts straight before I speak, have manners, and compassion for others, I guess either you were not paying attention or they neglected to teach you those simple things, never to late to leare though.
joan bradley April 18, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Thank You for you comment Rossanne I did own my home before -I-2 zone was forced on us . I was born in that house my father built was raised there and raised my kids there .....Heartbearking...Thanks again
joan bradley April 18, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Thank you Rossanne ,it is so nice to see a caring and considerate person, You are right I have lived in my home since I was born, my father built the house, I raised my kids here. I was here long before they forced this I-2 zone on us. It is heart breaking. Thanks again you parents taught you manners and compassion unlike some others here,
Ruth Sorbello Pernal April 19, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Sock it to them Lazy Lane!!! Nice to see that you can all stick together for a good cause.I wish you all the best in your fight against Southington Town Hall. Ruth (Sorbello) Pernal
Mario P April 19, 2012 at 10:05 AM
I think these three women are smokin' something.

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