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  • commented 2015-10-04 20:21:33 -0400
    I oppose the variance sought by the developers on the grounds that it would not only decimate an historic connection to the area’s past but would also wreak havoc upon a community that has been a model in its efforts to maintain a safe well kept neighborhood in a city that has seen its share of blight. It is no coincidence that these standards are set by neighbors who own their properties and make sacrifices to maintain them. The proposal we neighbors heard at the initial meeting of the developers and planning commission in early summer would transform the community irrevocably. Their idea has been to build 220 units on less than 4 acres in a neighborhood where parking is at a premium and the access streets are narrow requiring one party to stay clear so that another might pass. The developers propose building 4 story buildings to stack these units and to arrange for parking beneath them. This not only obscures the historic home but raises many questions of security. There was no mention of how these subterranean garages might be monitored and our concern is that such an obscure area unseen by neighbors is a haven for all manner of crime. Traffic was only obliquely addressed when I heard one speaker for the developers say traffic would only increase by 3-4 cars per minute. It wasn’t at all made clear if that was from an actual study or murky speculation but where such a number is true it might not have so great an impact on a major artery but on these narrow side streets where our children play and we meet with one another even this modest assessment is jarring. In today’s economic environment many in the community rely on two wage earners to sustain their homes, and accordingly, they must keep 2 vehicles to do so. Thus you will notice cars parked on lawns and aprons throughout the neighborhood surrounding the property at Ellerslie St.