Updated: Feb 18
Dear City Council Members,
I am a Rye resident and Wainwright House Board Member. I’m writing in regards to the petition that is currently under consideration by the City Council.
As you know, Wainwright House is requesting a zoning amendment to add water dependent recreation usage. This amendment would not only benefit Wainwright House, allowing it to diversify its program offerings and better utilize its unique property, it would also benefit Row America Rye (RAR), allowing it to relocate its rowing programs to the Wainwright House property. And perhaps most importantly, this would benefit the larger Rye community, enabling both organizations to sustain provision of many important activities for people of all ages in our community.
In addition, the relocation of RAR activities to Wainwright House would allow Wainwright to eliminate the large outdoor tent and the noise of tented wedding receptions that have been a source of contention in the past with some neighbors who live within close proximity of the Wainwright property.
In sum, I strongly support the proposed zoning amendment and hope the City Council will vote to approve this request.
Sincerely, Wendy R. Sheldon