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Proposed Development Estimates $78M in Increased Earnings

Developers for the controversial land swap property in Haddam propose benefits of its development.

O,R&L, the development company hired by the Riverhouse,  presented a report which details the proposed benefits of developing the 17+ acre parcel of land that abuts the Riverhouse property.

According to the proposal, the development of the property could potentially increase Haddam tax revenue by nearly $400,000 and create over 1,400 jobs in the process. The creation of jobs, accordng to the proposal, would increase earnings to the local economy by about $78 million.

Additionally, the proposal states that the swap of the property would preserve 87 acres of open space and "remediate environmentally contaminated land" in the process of its development.

The Riverhouse, in a recent mailing to the residents of Haddam and East Haddam, stated that "we believe the land exchange represents meaningful conservation, smart growth and economic opportunity in the form of real jobs for our residents and their children...and bring a needed lift to existing area businesses". 

The swap proposal is contained in a land conveyance bill pending in the state senate. The measure calls for trading just over 17  acres in Tylerville that overlook the Connecticut River for 87 acres in Higganum that abut the Cockaponset State Forest.

The swap is backed by state Sen. Eileen Daily, D-Westbrook. Recently, Rep. Phil Miller, D-Essex,  proposed an amendment that would remove the proposed swap from the current bill.

Opponents argue the swap would destroy a picturesque natural habitat that overlooks the Connecticut River and the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam. They also argue it would dampen future sales and donations of open space to Connecticut.  

Gene Bartholomew June 04, 2011 at 01:44 PM
well Sunshine it would that appear that "future" is very close to Riverhouse and doesn't like Miller being a free thinker, Daily is the crook and the fool, against all logic and facts she trudges on with this, this travesty, the way she acts you'd think they have her family held hostage or something, I can make no sense of her intesity that this land grab move forward when the grabbers have NO PLAN, talk yeah, BS yeah, but no plans have been submitted, which would to occur before any agency in Haddam could approve it or not, to me that makes it seem like they just want the land to do whatever and we'll find out whatever is later with a story that is also laden with BS. This has made the Wall St Journal, go here to see the stories there. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Connecticut-State-Park-Protectors/205161212828947
Gene Bartholomew June 04, 2011 at 02:00 PM
From the WSJ article: Ms. Daily said she thinks the exchange will go through this time around. "I'm confident because there's been much more discussion and support," she said. "It's good for the economy and good for the environment." ---How Daily??? How is this good for the economy? (more empty buildings) How is this good for the environment? Developing conserved lands is good for the environment?? (and don't give me that "polluted" BS, all of Tylervilles aquifer is contaminated not just this one tract of land, which you have done nothing about for decades) what liars!! the article goes on.. But even if a new law approves the exchange, a new development along the river could take years to approve. "Anything we'd consider has to go through feasibility studies and get approval from planning, oversight and zoning boards," Mr. Furrer said. WOULDN'T THAT BE FIRST??? No you take the land then play games??? This is looking like a "Rowland Deal", not much has changed in Corrupticut.
Geoffrey Paul June 05, 2011 at 12:52 AM
Aren't these the same developers who asked for a tax abatement for RiverHouse due to a 'difficult economy'? What in the World makes anyone think these tax revenues will ever be seen? Anyway, the point is this is conservation land so let them find another parcel and build away. I hope it works as it could benefit business owners like me....but not at the expense of the conservation efforts we have paid so dearly to make.
Gene Bartholomew June 05, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Share this, copy it and spread it everywhere. Call the Gov's office : 860.566.4840 or 1.800.406.1527, Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00AM and 5:00PM. Flood them with calls, bury them alive with calls, have everyone you know call, have your kids call, their future is at stake they might as well learn to responsibly fight the govt now. It would be a good learning experience. Just be sure to be sincere.
The Future of Haddam June 09, 2011 at 04:11 AM
Gene, do you read? I can see that you write fairly well, but do you actually read? You called me out and I responded to you. At least pay me some courtisy and I will ask you again, please do not assume or infer that I am connected the the Riverhouse. I have no connection to the Riverhouse and have nothing to gain. How much clearer can I be? I am selfishly concerned with Haddam and what will happen if those 87 acres are residentially developed and depending on the subdivision, 30-50 new houses are built.....hence, "The Future of Haddam". Sunshine, check out essexwikileaks.com. It seems that Mr. Miller has all sorts of free thoughts about how to conduct government in Essex.....and how to cover things up. Admittedly, I am not a resident of Essex, nor am I totally knowledgable on Essex politics, but the info posted speaks for itself. And my questions about Miller's dual responsibilities, those are serious questions. Does anyone know how he holds both offices and puts in 100% effort and attention to both civic duties?

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