Joan Hartley

State Senator

Joan Hartley

Chief Deputy President Pro Tempore

An Independent Voice

March 24, 2017

Hartley Welcomes Rejection of South End Dump Proposal

Rejection of city transfer station plan paves the way for growth in Waterbury’s South End

Senator Joan Hartley (D-Waterbury) applauded the decision of Waterbury’s Zoning Commission to reject a transfer station proposal that she and others have fought for several weeks. The proposal was to site a 700 ton transfer station in Waterbury’s South End, which Hartley argued would stunt the growth of this struggling neighborhood.

“The South End has experienced a remarkable resurgence in recent years, with new businesses opening and families moving in. This proposal would likely have stopped or even rejected that growth, and I am glad the Zoning Commission voted it down,” said Senator Hartley. “There are great things happening in the South End. A major housing complex recently opened, construction of the Waterbury Greenway is coming to a conclusion and approval was recently announced for an Urban Food Hub that will be one-of-a-kind in our entire region. The proposed transfer station could have stood in the way of this progress, and I am glad we will not have to worry about it any longer.”

F&G LLC proposed to construct a new transfer station in Waterbury’s South End which would receive 700 towns of solid waste each day. This waste would be carried 18-wheeler trash haulers, which were expected to make 90 trips per day through the densely populated neighborhood.

Hartley submitted testimony for the public hearing on this proposal, which was held in February. In that testimony, she pointed out the damage that a foul-smelling transfer station could do to the quality of life and economy in Waterbury’s South End, counteracting the benefit of substantial investments she and others secured for the neighborhood in recent years.