I think most people would agree that the currently proposed six-story development in Fairfield behind the community theater is a bad idea. The size, height, and scope of this skyscraper would alter the downtown landscape, create security and flooding issues, and significantly disrupt our downtown. Anyone driving on Unquowa Road understands that we don’t have the infrastructure to support a residential building of this size and scale in this location.

And I think most people would agree that the need for housing is real and it makes sense to build it near public transport and shopping. A smaller three- to four-story building with retail on the first floor would be a no-brainer. In this scenario, new housing would be developed while commercial space on the first floor would help support the city’s big listing and reduce property taxes for all residents. This is the type of proposal that should be encouraged by elected municipal officials.

Instead of a smart development that Fairfield residents could support, we have a six-story affordable housing complex that few people want that will cause traffic, flooding and public safety issues not to mention the massive scale that is out of character with our historic downtown. . I am proud of our grassroots fight to stop this project and the repeal of State Law 8-30g which is being inappropriately invoked by developers across the city to tick a box to claim affordability while targeting specifically high net rental areas to subsidize the rebate for affordable units.

We need real leadership who will stand up for the residents of Fairfield and fight to change the state law, 8-30g, which ties the hands of city officials to refuse projects like this. The state must remove the state 8-30g statute and replace it with a program that helps cities build their own affordable housing. Working in the best interest of the city and protecting the historic charm of our downtown should not be a partisan issue. We need legislators who will represent our residents and not sit on the sidelines. And in the meantime, let’s bring the parties together, drop the current proposal, and build something we can all be proud of for our city.

Brian Farnen

Candidate for the post of State Representative