Danbury approves $80 million cancer treatment center over concerns of some West Side residents

DANBURY — Planners unanimously approved an application by a cancer treatment group to open what could be Connecticut’s first proton therapy center on the city’s West Side, clearing the way for the state to approve the new technology as soon as August.

The city’s Planning Commission, which heard congestion concerns from West Side residents about the $80 million Danbury Proton project during a public hearing earlier this month, attached an unusually long list of conditions in its approval this week.

The conditions include a donation of land to the city by the cancer treatment center “for future roadway improvements along Wooster Heights Road, including the Lee Farm Drive intersection.”

Danbury Proton agreed not to plant trees on the property and to grant the city a “tree-trimming easement” to ensure that trees don’t grow into the approach zone of nearby Danbury Municipal Airport.

Jennifer Emminger, Danbury’s deputy planning director, read the conditions into the record before the Planning Commission vote Wednesday night.

“It looks like it is all there, Jen — a lot of stuff — but you got it all in,” said Planning Commission Chairman Arnold Finaldi. “Well done.”

“All seven pages,” Emminger said. “It was a long one.”

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