Tuesday evening the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the application for a Municipal Improvement to install a September 11th Memorial in Cos Cob Park. The Memorial plans include two clear glass towers to represent the World Trade Center, measuring 12 ft. tall by 20 in. square. Etched into the crystal towers will have the names of each of the residents lost in the tragedy.
Mr. James Ritman, president of September 11th Memorial Greenwich, described the group's project as a "beautiful place of reflection to remember those lost and to educate the younger generations." He spoke of a planned potential curriculum for Greenwich Schools to take class trips to learn about the tragedy and how it affected the community.
The Memorial plans, which have been in discussion for several years, have met a fair amount of challenge. According to Donald Heller, Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman, "no one opposes the principle or the idea of the Memorial," but rather have questions with the design as it is part of a coastal site plan.
Several Riverside residents who live along the coast and would be directly overlooking the Memorial have expressed apprehensions in regards to the design of the glass towers and their view. Architect Charles Hilton, along with Landscape Architect Cheryl Brown, addressed these concerns Tuesday evening and demonstrated that with the installment of the hedges surrounding the glass towers (which are set to measure 14-16 ft. tall) the glass towers will be barely visible from across the water.
Numerous residents who lost a family member in the tragedy spoke during the meeting to demonstrate their strong support of the Memorial. Sally Maloney Duval, who lost her brother Teddy, emotionally described her hope for a place where she could quietly reflect and remember her brother; "We don't have the luxury of having a cemetery plot and we need some place to go."
The Representative Town Meeting of Greenwich must now approve the Memorial plans, as it involves money given to the Town.