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9 VotesFix it! Voted!108 Division Street Ansonia, Connecticut
I see so many posts here about blight. Ansonia is not alone with it's problems but when you spot something that seems to be blight and expect the city to be all over the problem, no one can quite tell what "blight" is. You can't let homes and business remain rundown and not maintained. It destroys the image of the community, reduces property values, etc.
The blight officer in Ansonia SHOULD be the busiest person in City Hall from what I can tell. Not that other towns don't have the same problem.
I wanted to post a PERFECT example. This is a house on Division Street. I don't know who owns it or care. However, it is sitting on the hill that leads to our main commercial district at Pershing and Division where many new projects are underway and improve the area and bring in more shoppers to the Derby/Ansonia area.
However, due to the odd exit/entrance design of Route 8 anyone coming down north, as we know, has to get off at Seymour Avenue and travel down this portion of Division to get to the stores. THIS mile or so trip from 8 through a residential area is their first impression of the area.
Not only that, the signal at the corner of Pershing and Division near Cumberland Farms is not the best. Traffic backs up right in front of the area of this house causing visitors (and residents) to have to view it in slow motion like a billboard that says "Welcome to Ansonia".
This home not only has a plywood window, it has a darn tree growing out of the roof! I am unsure how the blight regulation is written but if people don't consider THIS residence a perfect example of "blight" then something in the regulations needs revision.
Each time I pass this area I cringe that the house is left in this condition in such a high profile area. Can nothing be done?
65-85 Main Street Ansonia, Connecticut
If you drive by the Ansonia Opera House (Crave area) there are now signs in the windows of the building which I BELIEVE say "Coming Soon Ansonia 100".
I hope I got the "100" right, I am normally driving when I spot these and can't really stop with causing an accident.
In any event, it is clear from the several signs in the windows and a drawing displayed that there is some plan to remodel/restore the entire block of buildings from Crave to the Ansonia Housing Authority. That seems to be what this display is announcing and it went up a few weeks ago.
I can't find a single word about this online or on the City's web site. Current money received for demolition, etc. by the city dos not mention this block of buildings. One would think such a project would get some media coverage but it's not even mentioned by the Valley Indy.
I did my best to show a photo but you can't get it all in one. This would be the restoration of SEVEN large buildings along Main Street. Certainly a project that would easily cost millions if done properly.
Anyone had any idea why they are promoting this with window signs but no further info?
Columbia Street Ansonia, Connecticut
I am hoping we can open a dialogue about Columbia Street. Myself and some friends have traveled down it recently and found even ATTEMPING to enter Main heading towards Shell to be dangerous at best.
1. Since the opening of Target and other retailers downtown, the traffic on Main heading towards Division has gotten much heavier while the road remains only one lane each way. If you are exiting Columbia you have to somehow find an often rare spot to shoot out onto Main when no one is coming from Division and no one is flying down from Big Y. This invites an accident.
2. There is not a good view down Main towards Big Y unless you pull further out than is wise and the speed cars travel from Big Y to Division means you best move quickly when you find an opening.
3. Traffic uses Platt/Columbia as a way to avoid having to travel through the busy intersection of Main and Division where Shell is. One day I counted 10 cars in 15 minutes who did not live in the neighborhood. They came down Platt from Pulaski and instead of continuing down 243 to Division, came racing (yes racing) down Platt to the stop sign and then turned left onto Columbia.
Yes, this is probably faster than waiting at the light at Division and Main but there are plenty of small children on Platt and Columbia and the roads were not designed to be a short cut to Main for anyone wanting to save a minute.
I understand Columbia was two way once upon a time and can see why that stopped but having it a one-way exiting into Main is also dangerous.
Ansonia needs to:
1. Come up with some SAFE way for people to have right of way leaving Columbia so they can enter Main without having to play "chicken" with Main Street traffic.
2. Close Columbia where it meets Main for good. Redirect Columbia so it's one-way towards Platt and force vehicles to reach main via 243 or Hodge... roads designed to handle more traffic which both lead to Main Street via much safer routes.
10 VotesFix it! Voted!Ansonia Ansonia, Connecticut
Company officals to meet with Mayor this week.
I don't believe this is something we need or want to move in our town. Let's work on uplifting our image! What do you say Ansonians?
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8 VotesFix it! Voted!Holbrook St Ansonia, Connecticut
When is something going to be done about Peck School? It is an eye sore! It needs to be torn down and property sold to build 3 two family homes. The city would collect over $12,000 annually in taxes and profit from the land sale. We don't need another park in the neighborhood! Holbrook street is a block away from Nolan field. A park will cost tax payers money for the upkeep and police patrol at night. It has now become a place for kids to hang out in the evening, make noise and cause trouble, I can only imagine it getting worse if a park is put here.
Elm St Platt St Ansonia, Connecticut
cars coming down platt st to the stop sign where you meet elm st. stop for only a second and then go.when i am going from elm to jewett st in my car or on my motor cycle there is no stop sign when going by the police station . many times a car coming down from platt st will cut you off.you have to be careful even when you use your signal light. there should be a stop sign on elm st too.