Concerns grow over use of farm as Derby
High School site
By GREG SHULAS email@example.com Sunday, April 15, 2001
DERBY -- Critics are raising environmental and quality-of-life concerns
Backers of the plan say the 25.5-acre lot at Field View Farm on Route 34
But some city residents say they're worried about potential contamination
We don't want a Hamden Middle School in Derby, said city resident John
Residents also worry about the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. natural gas
Kowarik said the city should consider changing its plan to have the school's
The Derby High School Building Committee picked the Field View Farm
The committee has recommended a new high school to ease crowding at the
Costs could run $31 million, but local taxpayers would pay only $13 million
Before buying the parcel, the city will ensure that environmental studies
If it is contaminated with a hazardous substance, the city won't purchase
Field View Farm is believed to be the state's oldest family farm, owner
The proposed high school would occupy just a small part of the farm, he
Hine said all his vehicles and facilities are licensed by the state Department
That's not enough for local resident Ron Chirgwin. He said locating
Traffic is backed up early in the morning, he said. There is always
a line of
Chirgwin thinks the city should expand the current high school on Nutmeg
This project is not good for the town. You just keep paying and paying.
Board of Aldermen President Mike Kelleher believes many of the concerns
There would be 100 vehicles and about nine buses going into the school.
Dunne said that's a good sight better than previous ideas for the parcel.
Past proposals for the farm have included a 150 to 180-unit senior housing
We live in a densely populated city. We are kind of lucky to find
a flat area of
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