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RTM delays proposed street name change in Old Greenwich

March 12, 2019

GREENWICH — A Greenwich property owner looking to change the name of a local street will have to wait a little while longer.

The Representative Town Meeting voted Monday night to push consideration of a name change for Hendrie Drive Extension to its June meeting so more information could be submitted. The short street would be renamed Monty Point, but the matter will not be able to proceed without RTM approval.

The 400 feet on a dead-end street goes from the intersection of Hendrie Drive Extension to Cove Ridge Lane in Old Greenwich. The request comes from a town land owner who owns three properties on Hendrie Drive Extension where homes are already located.

But renaming it was not a simple matter and remains unresolved.

Speaking on behalf of the RTM’s Land Use Committee, Peter Berg noted that the proposal had come up years before and had been denied. RTM member Louisa Stone, a former chair of the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission, said the earlier request had “been found to lack good information and justification.”

“It would create confusion because it would change maps and directions,” Berg said, citing what Stone had told him.

The committee recommended that the full RTM reject the name change, but it instead voted to delay the vote on the recommendation of the body’s Public Works Committee. John Mastracchio, speaking on behalf of that committee, expressed similar questions.

“We were concerned about a lack of information, specifically details about what the scope and extent of the name change is,” Mastracchio said. “We were given some statistics and details, but it would have been nice to have been given a map to show us exactly where this is going to be done.”

There were additional questions about the need for the change.

“We were hoping to get a detailed explanation about why is this being done,” Mastracchio said. “What are the costs associated with this? We need details about knowing who is responsible for those costs. We know this goes beyond just replacing a street sign. What other authorities do we have to notify? The Post Office? The state government? The federal government? What are the implications. We’re not the experts. We don’t know. But we do know there are costs associated with this beyond replacing the street signs.”

The Board of Selectmen had previously granted its approval to the name change in February 2018 without objection. At the time, Michael Salerno, who was representing property owners, said the addresses had become confusing for the owner of 24 Hendrie Drive Extension and 24 Hendrie Drive, which are both in Old Greenwich, and a name change was proposed to clear that up.

The landowner was not publicly identified at either the RTM or previous Board of Selectmen meeting.

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