Editor,

Last August, a local Westfielder wrote to you about a neighborhood group that has formed to object to and fight against an out-of-town builder who wants to “shoehorn” six very large townhomes and a parking lot at 1481 East Broad Street into a space that is less than one acre.  I am writing to you, Westfielders, to look for your support in opposing this proposal as if this builder gets approval for this project, this could happen to your neighborhood!  We, as well as our neighbors, invested in this single-family community with a specific character – this project threatens this investment and charm.    

This project completely contradicts the zoning use of the property as a single family residential area.  Eleven variances being sought are significant which:

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  1. Unites Per Acre (6.09 Requested vs. 3.7 Permitted)  
  2. Building Coverage (19.6% Requested vs. 10.0% Permitted)
  3. Floor Area Ratio (36.1% Requested vs. 20.0% Permitted)
  4. All Improvements Coverage (45.1% Requested vs. 20.0% Permitted)
  5. Stories (3.5 Requested vs. 2.5 Permitted)

The builder will be presenting their project to the Westfield Board of Adjustment on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building (425 East Broad Street).  If passed, this would negatively change the characteristic of the neighborhood and serve as a precedent for other developers to attempt to disrupt the town’s zoning plans.

The meeting is open to the public for comments.  Please join your neighbors and fellow Westfielders to voice your opposition to this project.