Another doughnut store in Danbury?
Does it really need one in a residential neighborhood within two miles of three other Dunkin' Donuts?
The proposal to plant one on the corner of Springside Avenue and Osborne Street - on a tiny commercially zoned lot in a residential neighborhood - is absurd.
The corner is just yards from the convergence of three very busy streets: Osborne, Germantown and Hospital.
The triangulated way those streets merge is tricky to navigate now. Imagine the fun once traffic multiplies as the doughnut junkies flock for their fix!
These streets converge in front of a paid firehouse. Couldn't cars turning left onto Springside back up in front of the firehouse driveway? What happens if there's an alarm?
Did I mention this is a residential neighborhood? I grew up on Springside Avenue. Make no mistake: it is completely residential - except for a small section that was rezoned when its residents weren't paying attention.
These are single-family homes, many with children, up and down it and all its surrounding streets.
Many of these kids walk to Broadview Middle School . For them, crossing Osborne Street every day to get to school is already a death-defying adventure.
Sure, they can cross when they get to Hospital, as we did, but that has its own perils. Oh, yes, I remember it well. By all means, let's up the ante and add all those cars pouring onto Springside every morning. Give the kiddies some survival skills!
I will be at the Danbury Planning Commission meeting June 7 at 7:30 p.m. to try to put an end to this nonsense.
I urge every other citizen who lives in a residential neighborhood with a small business near it to do the same. Your street could be next.