I’m writing this as a Wellington resident for over 22 years. I was present while the equestrian area was developed, and I remember the refrain, “we don’t want commercialism, and we don’t want to widen South Shore and divide the horse community.” At that time I lived in Paddock Park 2 and had horses.
Now we are visited by a developer who wants to add a hotel and a large commercial segment, and has Councilwoman Anne Gerwig (who has never seen a commercial plan for our equestrian preserve that she would vote down) agreeing with everything he puts in front of her. Their ideas could well necessitate widening our roads.
Recently she asked about an overpass going over South Shore and Pierson Road, for which there had been a couple of years of studies and discussion already.
1) The cost is probably close to $2 million.
2) In order to make the incline gradual, properties would be needed on both sides of said overpass.
3) Most important, would horses want to go over the overpass while a tractor-trailer is passing underneath? Might not this present safety issues?
4) A traffic gate operated by riders might be a thought, with signage (blinking lights, etc.) before and after the intersection to slow down. I put my faith in the Equestrian Committee because from what I have been reading, they seem to understand the detriment of commercial development in this pristine preserve, and I would hope their vision is to keep our treasure as we envisioned it years ago. Common sense over greed — a simple concept!