Since I began my term in office as First Selectman in July 2017, among my top priorities has been to work diligently, together with my fellow members of the Board of Selectmen, to explore and bring to the residents of Woodbridge a viable plan for the future of the former Country Club property. As you know, this approximately 150-acre parcel was purchased by the Town in 2009 and has been the focus of considerable efforts over the years to determine the best path forward. This summer will mark the ten-year anniversary of the borrowing for the purchase of this parcel.
I authorized a Public Opinion Survey in January-February 2018 to ask residents to provide their thoughts, and this information has been helpful as the Board of Selectmen evaluate various options. The Board has been actively considering proposals for the best use of the property and at a Special BOS Meeting on November 28th, we heard presentations from two developers who are interested in purchasing part of the parcel for development of Senior Housing (over-55 years of age).
One option was from Insite Development and Woodbridge resident Brian St. Pierre, and the other proposal was from the developer of Fieldstone Village on Rt. 34 in Orange, Robert Sachs.
After the two presentations, questions from the Board were answered by the developers. The Board then moved into Executive Session to discuss negotiations regarding these offers. We will continue negotiations with a goal of having further details available to the public prior to a Public Information Session where the public may see each option presented and have the opportunity to ask questions and receive answers.
Public Information Session
Monday, December 17, 2018
at 7:00 pm in the Center Gym
Immediately upon the conclusion of the December 17th Public Information Session, we will hold a Special Board of Selectmen meeting so the Selectmen can decide whether to set a date for a Special Town Meeting and Referendum on one of the options.
As I have stated several times before, any proposal for the sale of former Country Club property will ultimately be decided by you, the voters. All the presentation material shown at the November 28th meeting is now available at the Town Website. Please visit woodbridgect.org/496/Current-Issues-Projects to review this material, and follow the link there to view the video recording of the meeting on YouTube, or watch the meeting on cable channel 79.
I have also sent out an email with links to this information. If you have not received my email, please be sure you have signed up for my messages by visiting: tinyurl.com/WoodbridgeEnews.
I will continue to keep the public informed of next steps. If we decide to proceed to a Special Town Meeting and Referendum, please be advised that a written notice will be mailed to every household.
As always, please be in touch if you would like to share your thoughts with me!
Beth Heller is Woodbridge First Selectman. She may be reached by phone at Town Hall, 203-389-3401, or by email to email@example.com.