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Simsbury homeowners upset about proposed development

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A large group of homeowners in Simsbury said a proposed housing development would forever alter their neighborhood and threaten property values throughout the area.

A two acre wooded area has been home for Bob Michalski for more than 40 years. 

He said he loves everything about it here, especially the peace and quiet.

“I'm pretty secluded here and I've been that way all my life basically,” Michalski said.

But Michalski may not be so secluded soon. 

A proposed housing development would squeeze 15 homes on a 4-and-a-half acre piece of property, a couple hundred yards away from Michalski’s house.

He said he doesn’t like the idea, and he isn’t alone.

A banner sits on a piece of property right next to the proposed development, and about 100 people attended a recent meeting about the proposal.

“It will destroy a whole area it's going to destroy house values...I don't care what they say,” Michalski said.

Simsbury officials would have to agree to rezone the property to allow that many homes to be built here.

Michalski argued that everyone in the area should care about this issue because if it can happen here it can happen anywhere.

On Monday night the zoning board will meet at the Simsbury library. Michalski said he will be there with a message for local leaders—“put all these next to your house see you like it.”

The meeting was scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, but it was postponed because the developer needed two weeks. 

Eyewitness News reached out to the developer on the project Monsour Developers but did not receive a response. 

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