Letter: Why commercial and residential zones don’t mix

To the Editor:

As a parent, I am extremely concerned about the possibility of the Ridgefield Winter Club being built in my neighborhood.

The property is surrounded by houses where children of all ages live. These children will have to go to sleep listening to scoreboard buzzers, outdoor music from loud speakers, pucks hitting the wall, yelling, etc. — seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Even before the 7 a.m. opening time these children will be woken by the sound of workers arriving to get the club ready and start the noisy Zamboni to prepare the ice. When the workers and members of the club leave late at night the children will hear car alarms, car doors slamming, talking, etc.  

Will the neighborhood children ever get the proper amount of sleep if the RWC is built? Are their grades and development going to suffer due to the lack of uninterrupted sleep?

It’s too high a price to pay for a Ridgefield neighborhood and the precedents it sets for the rest of Ridgefield’s residents. This is why the RWC belongs in a commercially zoned area, not in a neighborhood. I sincerely hope for the sake of Ridgefield’s families of today and tomorrow that the commissioners of Planning & Zoning remember why we have residential zones when they vote on the special permit application.  

Obviously, Bud and his investors have not.  

I wonder if Bud’s wife would have thought he is a “good steward of the community” if he bought the house next door to them when it was for sale and had put his club there. I guess he didn’t want the RWC in his neighborhood either.

Jennifer Hansen

Old South Salem Road, Aug. 5