Western Woods

Support The Preservation of Our Western Woods

Although the Western Hills Neighborhood Association as well as the Waterbury Neighborhood Council would like to see the Western Woods property permanently preserved as open space, all efforts by the City of Waterbury to achieve this have been stopped. 

During Waterbury’s Mayoral Campaign in 2011 the proposed Open Space purchase became a political issue and negative comments published in the newspaper prompted the property owner to withdraw his offer to the City.  Falling property values also led to an update to the property appraisals, resulting in some values below the offer price.  Requests to have the Board of Aldermen contact the property owner to negotiate a new offer failed to obtain adequate support. 

The $650,000 DEEP Open Space Grant was finally returned to the State in June of 2012.