Last week, households in Manchester received a lengthy description of yet another poorly conceived development project for Upper School Street, "40R Smart Growth”, euphemistically labeled your “New Neighborhood”. No thank you.
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Ashley Ochs' letter to the editor says she supports affordable housing. She wants it in her neighborhood, and in her town. She wants to integrate affordable housing within the community rather than isolate it from the community, across the highway on Shingle Hill, far from public transportation and the village.
I support affordable housing. I want it in my neighborhood. I want it in my town. I want to integrate affordable housing within the community rather than isolate it from the community, across the highway on Shingle Hill, far from public transportation and the village.
This week, Manchester Town Administrator Greg Federspiel spells out next steps for public feedback to the town's consideration of the proposed 40B project and addresses how negotiations for concerns about environmental; fiscal, traffic, and other issues can be incorporated into dialog with Strategic Land Ventures, the Needham based developer pursuing the project.
Karin M. (Hurley) Gertsch grew up on School Street and graduated from the Manchester public schools before moving to Essex fifty years ago. In a Letter to the Editor, she writes that as an owner of a share of my grandmother’s woodlot, which directly abuts the proposed Shingle Hill development area, she does not support the proposed 40B development there.
Because of the Town’s past inability to create enough community housing, the project can move forward through a State approval process with minimal oversight by the Town. The Board of Selectman is hoping to make the process “friendly” and to negotiate some aspects of the project; and has asked The Manchester Affordable Housing Trust for its comments.
Letter to the editor from Manchester resident and MECT President, Michael Dyer.