To the Editor:
Regarding the application by Lyme Art Academy for a new planning overlay zone, the loss will come if the art academy is not allowed to make the necessary changes now before the zoning commission. If these changes are not granted and the academy is forced not to exist, then the character of the town will change. This change will result when the property is converted into rental space, either affordable housing or non-affordable units. We all know that the state of Connecticut is forcing affordable housing on municipalities, Old Lyme being no exception. Yes, we need affordable housing in Old Lyme but as important is the town’s support for an institution that is a centerpiece of the Historic District and our arts community.
Residents of Old Lyme must reject the hysteria surrounding necessary survival plans for the art academy as well as objections put forth by our Historic Commission.
William Folland, Old Lyme.