7 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!
Downtown Ansonia, CT
Why are they allowed to throw their snow to the middle of the street with cars going by. Is it not against the law to throw snow back into the road after plowed? Whoever cleans up their sidewalks throws sand, dirt and snow in the middle of the road for the city to clean up.
Beaver Street And Pyramid Street Ansonia, Connecticut
There 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.
47 Vine Street Ansonia, CT
I saw this discussed here before. THIS is a perfect example of Ansonia's fake and ineffective "street parking ban" during snow storms. I was visiting a friend tonight and this picture says it all.
I had to stop for almost a minute in the road. WHY? Because the car pictured is trying to back into a snow filled parking space on the street. The driver spins and spins and has to make several attempts to shove their car into a snow packed space on the side of Vine Street.
WHY? Because ONCE AGAIN Ansonia didn't enforce it's parking ban during a snow storm so the streets are not properly cleared by the plows and now there is a mess everywhere. You can barely pass down some streets in this area because parked cars, which were NOT supposed to be parked on the street during a snow storm, prevented the town crew from removing snow creating roads that are not safe. No enforcement (again!), no warnings put on cars (again!) and no towing (again!)
This photo and story has been sent to Channel 3, 8, 30 and all major newspapers. Maybe THEY can ask the administration in Ansonia why not enforcing the law, leaving streets full of snow and risking accidents for law abiding citizens trying to drive after a storm is OK.
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Beverly Drive Ansonia, CT
Road has not been plowed, this area of hilltop is always forgotten about.Heard plows out last night but there was little or no snow on the ground. Same thing when we had 3ft of snow a few weeks ago.What are we paying taxes for when we have to dig ourselves out of our own roads? i understand with the last storm it would take some time, but we were given one path on our road and then it was left for the sun to melt afterwards. Also watched the city plow go by a few times on bruns, insted of widening the road was scraping the dry road (hows that going to do any good when there was no snow left there) and a road that you could barley drive down???
119 1/2 Ford St. Ansonia, CT
It says private road, but it also says children at play and has speed limit signs. If it is a private road, who paid for the signs? Why is a city employee plowing it using a city plow who also lives there? Public or private?
85 Vine Street Ansonia, CT
I have seen this discussed here many times and decided to join the conversation. Sure enough, more snow storms have passed, the city has ignored it's own street parking ban during a storm and now streets are unsafe to pass down. I specifically love where this photo was taken. Have more than one, but it will only allow me to post one.
This tight narrow corner from Vine to Platt Street's is already dangerous and should have "NO PARKING" signs on the right side all year round as cars on the side are hard enough to navigate around without snow, try when they are now surrounded by snow after a storm because they did not move to a driveway or parking lot so the town crew could do their job.
I have not seen ONE thing improve about this all winter long. How about enforcing the ban and while we're at it looking at this dangerous corner and installing some year round no parking signs? Ansonia's streets are NOT parking lots.
Hodge Avenue Ansonia, CT
I have only lived in Ansonia for about a year, but last winter I was stunned at the number of cars left parked on the sides of city streets during snowstorms when Ansonia CLAIMED to have a parking ban so it could clear the roads properly.
No snow plow can clear a road when one side (or both) has cars parked one after the other. It's even more frustrating when you look and see many of these homes have empty unused driveways while residents park on the street. (Why someone would park on a street when their residence has a driveway escapes logic, but...)
What can be done this winter, such as today, to insure residents MOVE THEIR CARS OFF THE ROAD so the city can do it's job? I am sure ONE storm where the city towed away illegally parked cars would be enough to teach a valuable lesson.
In fact, if Ansonia got a cut of the towing fees from just one storm it probably could fund a big chunk of the snow removal costs.. THAT is how many cars are left on road during these so called "bans".