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Sharon Weizenbaum: Landmark Properties takes questions, but offers no answers on Cushman project

To the editor:

I am a resident of North Amherst’s Cushman Village. I attended a recent meeting between Georgia-based Landmark Properties and local residents. Landmark advertised this meeting as a chance for it to hear and address neighbors’ concerns about the proposed 191-unit development in the area of the salamander crossing woodlands. We showed up with a lot of questions.

What was so striking to me was how unable Landmark representatives were to answer our questions. They had the following non-answers:

• How much blasting will occur? “We will try to keep it to a minimum.”

• Will the blasting affect the wells of residents on Flat Hills Road? “We will follow guidelines.”

• What about the destructive, loud partying that occurs in these types of places? “We will handle it.”

• What about the fact that our police struggle to handle the current level of disruption in three other housing units in North Amherst? “We have several security people.”

• What about the increase of traffic on already overtaxed roads and neighborhoods? “We are doing analysis.”

• This development will destroy our community. That is our feedback. How do you feel about this? “We appreciate your feedback.”

When all the evidence points to how destructive the plans are, Landmark’s main message was simply, “don’t worry, we have it covered.” This message is given without addressing the real questions. This is because there is no answer to the bottom line issue that this project is unworkable for this area for a huge variety of reasons (traffic, danger, noise, salamander habitat, water protection, decreased property values in the area and fire risk.

If the company was being honest, I think these would have been their answers: Blasting? “As much as it takes.” Wells? “We don’t know and don’t really care.” Partying? “We will be gone by the time this starts.” Overwhelmed police? “Not our problem.” Traffic? “Get over it.” What do you think of our feedback? “We are a corporation. We don’t have feelings.”

The meeting they called was a sham.

Thank you for providing a place where our voices can be heard.

Sharon Weizenbaum

Amherst

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