Mile Lane

Mile Lane Property Comments

Description: This site is the former Middletown Reserve Center. The site is government owned and has approximately 25 acres.

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21 responses to “Mile Lane

  1. Pat Guiheen

    Mile Lane site was by law to close ,how would you get around this? Why have you been contacting the land owner next to the mile lane site? Are you guys planning on pulling a fast one by saying Mile Lane and end up on Mile Lane but next to the old site.

  2. Jennifer

    Why not choose this site as it is already owned by the government and is the correct acreage that is being sought? Why build from scratch and disturb more of our precious ecosystem when there is a site that is more appropriate?

  3. Advisory Panel Critic

    Mile Lane could be recycled/reused, with no loss of tax base, as with Cucia Park. What are the negatives for this site?

  4. Pat Guiheen

    If you read today’s paper and past issues stating the reason for this whole project was to close smaller bases and combine to one big one. So why did we close a base with that was too small and have it on a list of big nough to house the new one. Sounds like a waste of tax payers money to me.

  5. bruce hall

    stay at mile lane, we don’t have much land left in middletown. we need it for the wild life, sight seeing

  6. Debbie Camp

    Why is this the first time I am hearing about possibly building the reserve center at the former reserve center? This makes too much sense to me. It is already an army base and has been as long as I can remember being a life long member of Middletown.

  7. Waffling

    The mayor and Planning Department have been working diligently to effect the transfer of Mile Lane to the City. Several plans for the old site have been considered. The details are available from the Planning Department. Because funding is available and a lot of effort to achieve this end has been expended, the City is understandably reluctant to consider a change of this good plan. By not even mentioning this possibility, the City avoids looking like fools…

    All this being said, Mile Lane is an attractive site for the new Army Base now that the Army has reduced its size requirements.

    It is the most sustainable site so far, most connected to Middletown’s local economy, close to highways, might be rail, it is a brownfield and re uses the previous Army base. No tax base would be lost, however no proceeds would be gained. The Public Safety Complex and Fire Station would need to be relocated and land would need to be acquired.

    Seems a bit of a tight fit, just under 25 acres but there are “no-build” easements in place on the surrounding properties of about another 25 acres.

    Tough decision but should receive serious consideration.

  8. Linda Manthay

    It seems the Mile Lane site is the logical place for this training center. Any sites in Westfield will not benefit Middletown economically. All those sites are too far away from the commerical parts of Middletown.

    It seems to me that if the Army already owns Mile Lane and there are concerns about contaminated land, now is a good time to use the money that would be spend on new, virgin land, to clean up this site!!

  9. anon.

    Why is the City insisting on using Mile Lane just because there’s some state money in it. The Army took this property, used it up, and now wants it back. We should give it to them in a heartbeat.

    I simply do not understand the City’s priorities. The mayor seems to want to take all and any state money for any project at all regardless of the hidden additional costs required to use the funds.

    ARMY: Take Mile Lane. You created it, you fix it up.

  10. J. Thomson

    seems like a good site, but what a waste of time for everyone if they go there.

  11. Cathy Branch Stebbins

    I would like to hear the reasons why Mile Lane is not being considered for the new base.

    Oh, that’s right, I remember now! It’s been contaminated! And the Army doesn’t want to clean up after itself because it’s too expensive and because a “brownfield” doesn’t fit into their timeline! They will let the Middletown taxpayers do that instead.

    That “free” money doesn’t look so free anymore.

  12. Concerned

    If the city takes over this property, it can provide the crucial emergency services that this area of the city desperately needs. As was discussed in many of the public hearing, this area of the city has a two fold problem: it is expanding at a rapid rate and the existing areas are aging. The city just invested big dollars in a new high school and both residential and commercial development is at a high in that area.

    It was well publicized this past summer that the fire department is concerned with response times in this area. Ten minutes to get to Tuttle Road is a long time. The Mile Lane property will keep those times within reason and increase safety in that area. Minutes can make the difference between life and death in a fire situation or a medical emergency.

    The city needs this property for public safety expansion. Many agencies will benefit from this site. It makes sense to use this property and not another parcel that is already on the tax roles. This army site closed years ago because it was not suitable for their use. Let’s give the army what they need, a parcel of land that is suitable for their needs. If this happens, we all win.

  13. Sandi F.

    It just seems like the right thing to do, to take back and re-use what has already been used by the army, rather than taking scarce, environmentally fragile, virgin land in residential areas. It is closer to our businesses and the only way they can benefit. Take it, re-use it, and be done with it. Stop putting us through this enormous stress.

  14. Mad Dog in a Manger

    A hopeless campaign to wage against the City dogma. This site is not viable for all the wrong reasons.

  15. Bill Hawkins

    This site probably makes way too much sense, thus you will most likely drop it from your list.

  16. Pam T

    I believe the best choice for the Army and Middletown is the Mile Lane site. If the Army really wants to be a responsible neighbor, they should start by cleaning up the land and reusing it. If the Army chooses not to use Mile Lane, there is a high probability we could end up with a second “Mile Lane” somewhere else in Middletown – which is unacceptable.

  17. Joseph Getter

    If there is indeed contamination at the Mile Lane site, we must work to ensure that the Army completely cleans the site, and pays for this restoration.

  18. Brenda M

    This site seems to be the most logical location. I really hope that the Army listens to the people of Middletown. We want what is best for our families, our wildlife, and our city.

  19. Paul T

    I support the re-use of the Mile Lane property by the Army. It is already there – so why not re-use it?

  20. Stephen Devoto

    Mile Lane has been a military facility since long before the neighboring residents purchased their properties. Thus, the use of this site for the military training facility would not be anything new or unexpected to the residential neighborhood. It would simply continue the same presence that has always been there. There would be no loss of tax revenue from this selection, and a site whose environment was degraded by the army would be cleaned up by the army. This site should be the army’s alternate site, after Cucia Park.

  21. Shelley R.

    As a neighbor in the Mile Lane area of Westfield I recently became aware that the old Army Reserve Center on Mile Lane was placed on the list of possible sites for the new regional Army Reserve Training Base. This was done on September 17, just before the long process of selecting potential sites had ended, and just before the period for public feedback closed on September 30. It was not well publicized. Even news coverage the day of last week’s hearing only spoke of the other 3 sites being considered, not mentioning Mile Lane. When I went to the official Army Reserve web site I was distressed to find on the comments on suggested sites that the comments were consistently negative on the Ken Dooley Drive/Boardman Lane and Bysiewicz Industrial site while our Middletown neighbors have organized and decided to “throw us under the bus”, since one comment after another spoke positively on the choice of Mile Lane as the new site. Since there weren’t any comments from the residents in this area, it seems we were not given time to participate in the process.
    What the comments don’t address is:
    1) The Mile Lane site is the smallest of the sites being considered, leaving no buffer for the neighborhood
    2) The Mile Lane area is the most densely populated where neighborhood children bicycle and play, as well as many people walking and running on the roads. This includes students from local schools in the Mile Lane area.
    3) The houses in the Mile Lane area are built near the road which is already narrow, and parked cars on Mile Lane further narrow the street.
    4) The Mile Lane area has already been taxed by the traffic coming and going to several schools including the new High School.
    5) The Mile Lane area is an area of beauty with open space and working farms, including the oldest dairy farm in Middlesex County. It is as deserving of preservation as the other sites in Middletown being considered for the Army Reserve site.

    While I respect neighbors’ rights to protest and oppose the Army Reserve Base being built in their neighborhoods, the fact that they have somehow organized behind the idea of shifting it over to us is shameful.

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