156-186 Division Street Ansonia, Connecticut
I was able to take a PERFECT photo Friday morning to depict the nightmare Derby (and perhaps Ansonia) has created by not re-configuring the intersection of Wakelee and Division before the new Route 8 on ramp opened.
I’ve heard that Griffin wouldn’t sell land needed (which should have then been taken by eminent domain) but it will just be a matter of time, especially this winter, before a vehicle is struck and someone seriously hurt or killed because of this lack of foresight.
Here we have it. I am at the stop sign on Division. I have FIVE cars behind me. You can see two of the three cars waiting for their turn at the top sign to my right. There are cars coming from my left also AND to top off the nightmare I can’t move forward because the tiny cue between my stop sign and the signal is not large enough to fit the necessary number of vehicles.
So, I get to back up Division Street until there is space for me to move through the intersection unless I wish to sit in the middle of it risking an almost certain accident.
This mess occurs mostly in the morning and evening rush hours periods.
We can spend lots of money laying brick crosswalks and I guess on upcoming legal fees when someone is hit because these cities dropped the ball but not to take necessary land and pay to re-design this intersection.
I trust people are already working on a solution…
7 VotesFix it! Voted!54 Westfield Avenue Ansonia, Connecticut
I realize this was probably on the plans but now that it's real I have to wonder whose WONDERFUL idea it was to construct an roundabout on Westfield Avenue directly in FRONT of the new Route 8 north ramp?!
As completed, this roundabout not only causes cars to almost come to a complete stop to navigate it before entering the ramp.. it is so oddly placed the state has had to put up temporary reflective "cones" on one side.
Why? Because no driver after dark is going to expect a stone roundabout in front of a highway entrance ramp and is going to drive right into it over and over unless something is changed.
Shall we add lighting? Flashing signs? $8 million dollars to build this ramp and the state created a major safety hazard with how they cut off Westfield. Amazing!
110 Woodbridge Ave Ansonia, ConnecticutAt the intersection of Woodbridge Ave and Beaver St, no one stops at the stop signs!! Especially when they come down Beaver St. Everyone just zooms by, not caring about the nearby Beaver Brook apartments where children play. It would be great if a police car just sat there, handing out tickets like it's nothing.
120 Jackson Street Ansonia ConnecticutIt is against the law to post these signs all over town. The statutes say we can fine and even jail the offenders. Yet, these have been up since January. It's not enough to just send out APW to tear them down. They just put them up again. Time to enforce the law on the books. 17-24 & Section 93
Highland Ave And Beverly Drive Ansonia, CTStop sign being set back and hedges odstrucing the view for drivers as they are not able to see traffic coming up Highland ave. from Bellview Terr. Something needs to get done ASAP as it will be the scene of a horrific crash.
10 VotesFix it! Voted!35 Main Street Ansonia, Connecticut
I was driving down Main this morning when I got to 115 (the address I keyed is approximate) when I noticed that someone has had the bright idea of painting the concrete "features" around some of the windows of one of the rundown, beat up and ready to demo Farrel buildings red. Seems to be a work in progress.
Whose bright idea was this? If we throw some red paint on a building that looks like it's about to collapse it makes everything all right?
Is the building being remodeled? Are the windows being replaced and "FARREL" sign that is decades old getting repainted also? Are we cleaning the brick façade? Replacing the roof? Bringing in a new tenant to fill the space? NO.
This is one of several buildings that has been discussed for DEMOLITION for years because it's a horrid eyesore detracting from the progress being made on Main.
Is the owner thinks slapping some red paint on a few places is going to make that building suddenly acceptable they are mistaken. This is a waste of money.
So much is being done to fix up buildings on that end of Main Street for a PURPOSE. This building shouldn't even still be standing.
Take the building down and redevelop the site!
8 VotesFix it! Voted!36 Platt Street Ansonia, Connecticut
I have seen the flood of complaints here and elsewhere about the growing number of what WERE single family homes (or even two family) being bought by out of area "investors" and then turned into as many rental units as possible... often without permits.
The idea is to take a home designed for one family, buy it on the cheap and slice it into as many apartments as possible. Not only was the house not designed for this use, the driveway can't hold the cars of multiple residents so vehicles of renters spills onto the streets making it impossible to plow, more and more children from these apartments that used to contain one family flood into the schools, etc.
The owners? They often don't live in Ansonia or near the properties. They just cash the rent checks. Who cares what they did to the neighborhood.
While I can not confirm that permits were not pulled, HERE is a recent example. This is an older photo from Google but since it was taken the front of the house has been "modified".
NOW, there is a metal spiral staircase on the right side of the front porch that brings you to a new entrance on the third floor where the attic window was. Sure enough, the owner found a way to rent out the attic as yet another unit... and modified the front of the house however possible to create an entryway to this space.
EXACTLY what Ansonia doesn't need!
Feel free to tell me permits were pulled, there is nothing wrong with this, etc. but when you see a metal spiral staircase and doorway on a third floor slapped onto a house... you begin to see why Ansonia has become too densely populated.
If the owner followed the rules, I applaud them... but the City should have NEVER allowed this. It's the root of our problems!
138 158 Prindle Ave Ansonia, CT 06401, USAAt the intersection of Prindle Avenue and Ford Street, there are stop signs on Ford and on northbound Prindle. There is no stop sign on southbound Prindle, and drivers coming northbound or from Ford apparently assume there is and frequently cut in front of southbound cars. Either a stop sign is needed on southbound Prindle, or warning signs are needed at the existing stop signs telling drivers that the oncoming traffic does not stop.
Beaver Street And Pyramid Street Ansonia, ConnecticutThere is a street sign that has been laying on the ground ever since winter ended, and it hasn't been put back up. I suppose it may have fell when the plows were cleaning the streets from snow. A large amount of snow or the truck may have hit the sign and it caused it to fall.