Member Update: December 2021

In this issue:

High Ridge, Highly Disrupted

If you’re a regular user of High Ridge Road, you already know that work has begun on the bridge between Wire Mill and the southbound Merritt on-ramp. And you may also know that High Ridge is now closed near Upper Shad

Read on for some of the details…

Eight Months Later, Bridge Work Begins

With work begun on the bridge replacement between the Merritt and Wire Mill, one NSA Board member observed that it’s been eight months since the trees were taken down in April prior to a ruling by the Tree Warden, with the DOT apparently unwilling at the time to consider any “delays” to the project.

Work will be completed in three stages, with the third and last stage still scheduled to be completed in November 2023.

Four-Week Closure Up North on High Ridge

As the bridge work begins at one end of North Stamford, we also note that High Ridge Road is closed for four weeks starting just south of Upper Shad Road due to an “an emergency culvert replacement.”  

According to the Advocate: “As a result of the closure, traffic on High Ridge Road will be detoured around the work site onto local roads. A preliminary detour route is set to take vehicles down Trinity Pass Road through Scotts Corners in Pound Ridge and Westchester Avenue.” Read more…

Wire Mill Reminder: Detour

With the bridge project underway, a reminder to Wire Mill residents/drivers (from the State’s website): 

“The contractor will be allowed to restrict left-turn movements at the intersection of Route 137 (High Ridge Road) at Wire Mill Road [map] and to detour traffic for a duration that will not exceed sixty (60) consecutive days. The detour is currently scheduled to start in September of 2021. Additional advance notification will be provided prior to the detour being implemented.”

Office Parks to Housing? Will Require Special Permits

Per the Advocate: “The Zoning Board Monday night approved sweeping changes to city regulations that govern how Stamford’s increasingly empty office parks can be used. Following months of public debate, board members backed the Land Use Bureau’s latest ‘omnibus text change’ […] In the final omnibus, all uses – including those previously as-of-right – became achievable only through a special permit.”

From NSA President Tom Lombardo: “There is a petition circulating to appeal this ZB action to the Board of Representatives. Interested parties should contact the NSA today.” Residents have expressed many concerns (including traffic) given the number of office parks on Long Ridge and High Ridge Road. We’ll let you know if we see any applications for apartments, condos, etc. – and let us know if you see or hear anything.

Recent Property Transfers

Selected home sales in North Stamford, as reported by the Stamford Town Clerk: