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I Support The Wilton Heights Development!

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I am a Wilton resident and I strongly support the sensibly proposed mixed-use development at the highly visible intersection of Route 7 and Route 33. Wilton requires new capital investment and now is the time to work closely with interested parties to build our tax base, attract new businesses, and keep our older residents in-town by diversifying our housing stock. My family fully stands behind the town leadership's stated mission of supporting expansion and investment in our town. The Wilton Heights project, as proposed, will provide a significant tax increase for the town on an underutilized property that sits mostly vacant and has been for sale for over ten years. This project will be built by one of the most respected development teams in this region and the property already has town water/sewer, is already zoned for mixed-use construction, and will highlight the connection between Wilton town center and Route 7 for the 30,000 vehicles that pass by each day. The developer is deed restricting 3 1/2 acres for permanent open space which includes all of the onsite wetlands plus more than 2 acres buffering the neighboring properties. More residents in and near our town center means more customers shopping in our shops and dining in our restaurants. Supporting this type of smart development will positively impact Wilton's economic vitality and its future. That is what everyone wants. Lastly, if our Planning & Zoning Department denies this and other viable projects that have merit, then it will be sending a horrible message to the investment community: Stay away from Wilton! Please vote yes and support this project.

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