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What Will It Become? Ridgefield Razes Eyesore, But Lot Sits Vacant

The lot at 28 Catoonah St. in Ridgefield, where the former Cumming house was torn down, stands empty.
The lot at 28 Catoonah St. in Ridgefield, where the former Cumming house was torn down, stands empty. Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
This is the dilapidated home -- which was built in 1815 -- that was previously on the lot. It was torn down in December.
This is the dilapidated home -- which was built in 1815 -- that was previously on the lot. It was torn down in December. Photo Credit: Kathy McGroddy-Goetz

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — The possibilities are endless. But the lot at 28 Catoonah St. in Ridgefield, where the former Cumming house was torn down, still stands empty.

Kathy McGroddy-Goetz, who lives on Catoonah Street, said she hopes something pretty is put on the property, which is next to the post office.

"I'd like to see something attractive where people can gather, walk around and enjoy the community. It could provide a little bit of additional green space on our street," she said.

"If people plant vegetables or flowers there, perhaps it can become a community garden.

The house, once occupied by Helen and Dan Cumming, had stood vacant for years. It had fallen into disrepair and was an eyesore before it was torn down in December.

Related story: Demolition Begins For Catoonah Street Eyesore In Ridgefield

According to the Ridgefield Press, the vacant property has been graded and seeded.

Although the property belongs to the adjacent shopping center’s owners, the postal service has control of it through 2048, the Ridgefield Press said.

First Selectman Rudy Marconi would like to see a pocket park and additional parking spots there, but no plans are currently under consideration, the Ridgefield Press said.

Click here for the Ridgefield Press story.

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