Thursday, April 28, 2005
Y’s Men guest: YMCA Executive Director and CEO Dick Foot answers questions. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.comSenior officers of the Westport/Weston YMCA were guest speakers at today’s Y’s Men meeting at the Saugatuck Congregational Church.
Speakers included Dick Foot, CEO and exectutive director; Rosemary Halstead, president of the Board of Directors; Ian Bruce, first vice president and Board member; and Allen Raymond, chairman of the Board of Trustees. The topic was the proposed plan to relocate the YMCA from downtown Westport to Camp Mahackeno.
Westport/Weston YMCA officials will make a similar presentation on Monday to the Y’s Women at their weekly meeting at 11 a.m. in the Board Room on the second floor of the YMCA’s Bedford Building, 59 Post Road East.
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Let’s give the YMCA a fair chance to do what they do best: make a diiference in the lives of the people of our community. Go YMCA…..to Mahacekno!
I agree—let’s get on with it. Why is it that a few years ago no one wanted the YMCA to be at Baron’s and now people are stirring that up again? The town said no! There will never be the perfect place for everybody, but most agree that a new facility is greatly needed and that parking is inadequate downtown. The current building is not user friendly to seniors/handicapped or young families with strollers. As with everything in this town, people have so much time and energy to complain and fight for/against a cause. Just let the Y proceed and I am sure you will get over it and perhaps even enjoy it! I am sure non-Y people will enjoy the open parking spaces downtown!
Sure let the Y raze residential homes, bring traffic to a residential area, decrease foot traffic downtown and urbanize roadways.
I don’t think you people have any idea of the reality of the situation. Every single planning report released in the past 5 years says not to do what the Y wants to do.
Get a grip folks, this move is a disaster that needs to be headed off before it happens, because once it is there, it will be too late.
Cripes, just move to Mahackeno and be done with it if for no other reason than to stop the 90 letters/week to the Westport News and incessant complaining about it every time the topic comes up.
There is absolutely NO difference between this and the huge synagogue that was built on Hillspoint. No one, save the NIMBY folks, ever complained that it was built in a strictly residential neighborhood.
Please, if this is so NIMBY why are so many people, who don’t live anywhere near Mahackeno, so concerned about the move.
And BTW a synagogue does not host 1000 people a day and large swim meets. They didn’t raze houses or widen roads to build the place. Apples and oranges.
I’m getting tired of all the people saying, just stick it at Mahackeno when they don’t have all the facts. Educate yourselves before you shoot from the hip please.
Yes, there should be a new Y. But find a proper location for it. Mahackeno is just not it.
Please move it to Mahackeno and be done with it. BOTTOM LINE.. We need a new Y and bad!! Has anyone been to the Y latley. I actually don’t liek the fact that it’s downtown.. I can never find a parking space, and the facility itself has much to be desired!! I’M IN FULL SUPPORT OF A Y MOVE!!!
People were probably concerned when Staples High School moved from Riverside Avenue to North Avenue and as hard as it is to believe now, some pepole thought the playground at Compo Beach was a bad idea too. What were they thinking? We have new schools, a new library, a new playhouse, it’s time for a new Y and Mahackeno’s the place to do it.
The Y’s decision is a sound one. They still have many hurdles to get over, but if they do, the project will be one that will make Westport proud.
Those who decry the move and complain that supporters have not done their homework do themselves and Westport a great disservice. In fact, the incessant complaints are beginning to backfire.
Baron’s South is certainly not the proper place now that the Senior Center is there, nor is the ill-thought out proposal by Gavin Anderson to put it atop Jesup Green. The reality is the town needs to retain both sites for its own use, now and in the future.
What residential area? The Mahackeno Y will be built with access through Sunny Lane next to the Merritt Parkway (hardly a residential quiet zone) and a rather unsightly 100 foot Verizon cell phone tower. It makes perfect sense as a location and will not disturb the surrounding area based on the Y’s thoughtful plans.
What houses will be razed to build a new Y on the Mahackeno site? Rice’s Lane and River Lane residents should get over themselves. Their lovely homes will maintain their value. Traffic will only be allowed to enter via Sunny Lane.
Dick Foot has said publicly that the Y will raze two houses it purchased (under Y trustees’ names) on Sunny Lane. The Y is planning to pave over the lots for parking. How is that allowable in this town? There are still neighbors living in homes on Sunny Lane, who now will have to live next to a parking lot. What if that happened next door to you—if P&Z were to approve this, wouldn’t it set a very dangerous precedent?
The Y has stated publicly that it has bought several homes on Sunny Lane that will be razed for a parking lot. Two families will still reside on Sunny Lane, which is in a triple A residential district. They are entitled to the same peaceful enjoyment of their properties that the rest of us take for granted.
Um, Facts Only & Preserve Westport, the neighbors already live next to a four lane highway and two parking lots. I suspect it would be news to people who live near our schools and houses of worship that parking lots aren’t allowed near homes.