Neighborhood opposition is building against O&G Industries relocating its rock crushing and asphalt operation to Howard Avenue in the West End. A Facebook page “No To O&G” has been launched.
Madeline Dennis, who hosts the Bridgeport In The Know website, is among the coalition of neighborhood residents from the South End, West End and Black Rock leading opposition. Forces are trying to rally O&G opposition to the May 11 zoning hearing regarding the company’s non-compliance of its current Seaview Avenue location. From an opposition flyer:
Such a move would endanger children, cause incessant noise, be an eyesore, cover homes and cars with grit, reduce property values, and discourage economic development.
We as a community cannot allow this to happen!
Join us in protest!
There will be a Zoning Board Public Hearing Wed. May 11 at 6 pm at Bridgeport City Hall on Lyon Terrace to discuss the violations at the current Seaview Ave. O&G location. There will be a Bridgeport Zoning Public Hearing sometime in June on a date to be determined where the community will be able to speak out on the issue of moving the location to Howard Avenue.
Meanwhile you can join the Facebook group NO To O&G to get the latest information:
► Crushing, loading, hauling or dumping of pulverized concrete and asphalt releases toxic dust into the air.
► Cement dust irritates eyes, nose, throat and the upper respiratory system.
► Children living in the vicinity of similar plants show much higher risks of asthma.
► The tiny particles can lodge in the lungs and lead to serious, sometimes fatal illnesses, including cancer.
► Crushing asphalt releases hazardous creosote & coal tar sealants sprayed on asphalt to preserve it.
► Children and the elderly are most susceptible to these toxins.
QUALITY OF LIFE:
► Crushing concrete and asphalt produces loud noise that will be heard throughout the area,including Seaside Park and Captain’s Cove.
► Increased truck traffic will add to noise and congestion.
► Runoff pollution during storms will spill into waterways and endanger fish.
► Unsightly piles of material & health hazards will discourage new development, such as housing.
► The area will become less attractive to new and existing businesses.
► Property values will plummet.