We first moved to Warwick in June 1997 from Edgewater, NJ to get away from the density and rat race of the NYC surrounding area.
We settled on West Ridge Road with the goal of someday finding a home in the Village of Warwick. Managing a daily three hour roundtrip commute to mid-town Manhattan was well worth the wear and tear being able to begin and end each day in Warwick!
In the spring of 2000, we purchased a house in the Village and began renovating and restoring our 1911 home. Living in the Village was everything we imagined and more; a sense of community and the ability to have easy walkable access to all that downtown Warwick has to offer.
Our son, Jonah, was born in NYC on 9/13/01 in the midst of the 911 attacks. The tranquility and safety of Warwick took on an even greater meaning in our lives. Over the past 17 years we have enjoyed raising our son in the Village, allowing easy access to all his favorite restaurants, dance school, community center, farmers market and close friends.
Over the last decade we have seen our Village grow and change, some for the better and some for the worse. The Halligan’s bar on West St. has caused problems in our quiet neighborhood as drinking patrons park their cars on our street and walk to and from the bar. Recently, NYS troopers stopped us one night on West St. thinking we had been drinking at Halligan’s and had parked away from the bar on Van Buren St.
Last month we were informed of the proposed development of the property on 16 Elm St. Our reason for writing each member of the Planning board is to express how deeply disturbed we are at the threat of quality of life our neighborhood and surrounding village area will experience if such a project was approved by the Warwick Planning Board. Traffic, noise, crime, pollution, value of our homes is all at risk!
As members of our beautiful Village community we strongly ask that you walk in our shoes and ask yourself would you want such a business and its negative impact to literally be built in your neighborhood?
We look forward to speaking with the Planning Board in person to discuss our concerns and learn firsthand their personal position as fellow citizens of our special town and members of the Warwick Planning Board to the proposed development of 16 Elm St.
Attention to our concerns is greatly appreciated!
RACHEL BERLIN, GENE BOWEN & JONAH BOWEN