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Norman C. Ford: Consider the consequences: Request to limit Landmark project

To the editor:

I find the Landmark project in Cushman to be terrifying. It would be, if built, one of the largest off-campus student concentrations in Amherst. We have not had good luck in this town with the existing developments.

Hobart Lane has caused enormous difficulty with extensive property damage, including police cars and buildings. Recently, Townehouse Apartments have become the center of extreme parties. With more than 600 residents, the Landmark project would almost certainly become a new hub of destructive behavior.

It is the size of the project that is most disturbing. The plans call for the maximum number of units allowed on this piece of land, 170. This may be compared with the 96 units at Townehouse.

If the project causes the problems many people expect, it will all be in existence from the outset and there will be no way to ameliorate the consequences.

We will be stuck with them forever and the quality of life in Amherst will be diminished permanently. Can we not limit the construction to a fraction of the full project and permit further construction only after the consequences are better understood?

Norman C. Ford

Amherst

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