Monthly Archives: October 2013

Undoing Suburban Zoning

Undoing Suburban Zoning

For nearly forty years Middletown has proscribed to zoning that requires businesses to set back from the street and encouraged parking lots to be placed in front of buildings. The end result, not surprisingly, was a sea of strip malls and an ocean of pylon signs along West Main Road that created a visual cacophony. In 2008 the town revised its commercial design guidelines to move buildings to the street line and to better conceal parking but this past month, the Middletown Town Council advanced this concept further by unanimously adopting a new master plan for the area between Two-mile Corner and the intersection of Valley Road and West Main that would try to reverse the Suburban / Strip Development precedent over time. More

“A Brief History of Insulation”

“A Brief History of Insulation”

As the leaves turn brilliant colors and the evening temperatures begin to fall, it is time to think about the value and many advantages of good insulation. Insulation is meant to keep heat out in the summer and in during the winter and is measured in “R-value” (with the higher the value the more resistant to heat transfer is the material). No other construction project works twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year from the date of the project to the last day of the building’s life. More