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Ridgefield Seeks Public Input On Fate Of Former Schlumberger Property

The Schlumberger Citizens Committee, set up by the Town of Ridgefield, is conducting a second survey on the fate of the former Schlumberger property off Old Quarry Road.
The Schlumberger Citizens Committee, set up by the Town of Ridgefield, is conducting a second survey on the fate of the former Schlumberger property off Old Quarry Road. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – A local committee is once again seeking input from Ridgefield residents on potential uses for the former Schlumberger property off Old Quarry Road.

According to the nine-member Schlumberger Citizens Committee, which was appointed by the Board of Selectmen, voters approved the town’s purchase of the $7 million parcel, which contained about 45 acres of land and buildings.

The idea was, the committee said, to control the property's future and protect local infrastructure by making sure that it was not overdeveloped. Since then, the town has sold off about 15 acres, including to a developer who plans to build age-restricted condominiums, the committee said.

The committee conducted a community survey last September asking for input on uses for the remaining 30 acres. About 1,400 responses were gathered, the committee said, and the results indicated a high level of interest in preserving open space, some cultural or civic uses, and the recovering of the town’s investment in the property.

In October, the town held a public workshop that was attended by about 80 people.

After digesting that input, the committee was able, it said, to narrow its focus on a few uses and themes.

It is now taking a second survey, asking residents for their opinions on the basic concepts developed from the first.

Concepts supported by the public included: walking and biking trails; an outdoor stage venue for theater and music; municipal facilities; open space; limited commercial or low density residential development; a land bank; and the retention of the Sky Dome building, for now.

Uses that the committee determined it will not recommend for the site include: athletic fields or recreation facilities; retail operations; and high-density or large-scale residential development.

The committee will study the results of the second survey and make its recommendations to the Board of Selectmen in the spring. The survey, now under way, runs through Wednesday, Jan. 27, the town said.

To take the second survey, click here . Paper copies of the survey are also available at Town Hall, 400 Main St., or at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St.

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