I have lived in Woodbridge for 42 years, have always loved the town, and want to continue to live here as long as possible. I am delighted that there is a proposal to build age-restricted housing in a bucolic area of the town, and I am alarmed that Cathy Wick, the Republican candidate for first selectman, opposes this project and has even suggested that those who seek housing designed for older people should move to another town to find it. I am deeply offended by this; moreover, I don’t understand it.
Building housing in a portion of the Country Club of Woodbridge is not only a responsive move by the town to the needs of its almost-elderly…it is also eminently practical. Estimates show that taxes on such housing would generate two million dollars per year for the town, a clear benefit for our finances. If the Republicans are truly concerned about the town budget and eager to embrace “hard choices” to balance it, why oppose such a positive fiscal opportunity?
I realize that the proposal for housing for 55 and older must be voted on by the town, and the shape and size of the development will be debated and undoubtedly altered. But one candidate for first selectman of Woodbridge offers it as a possibility and the other rejects it entirely. Please vote on May 4 for Ellen Scalettar, who empathizes with and supports our long-time residents.