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The Sun letter to the editor: Do you want to make a deal?

Editor:
I attended the town of Hamburg Planning Board meeting on Wednesday evening, Jan. 22.

This meeting was advertised as a public hearing on DATO Development LLC’s (“DATO”) latest application for a 227 residential unit project adjacent to the Roundtree neighborhood on Howard Road.

The owner of DATO did not attend the public hearing, but was represented by his attorney, Sean Hopkins.

Mr. Hopkins was the first public speaker at the meeting and described DATO’s latest proposed site plan for 227 residential units (224 attached residential units and three single-family homes along Howard Road).

However, before Mr. Hopkins finished his speech, he introduced yet another proposed site plan that was beyond the scope of the public hearing.

Drew Reilly, the town’s planning consultant, halted discussion of this new “to be negotiated with the residents of Roundtree Village” site plan and brought the focus of the hearing back to DATO’s formally submitted site plan.

Listening to Mr. Hopkins, I felt like I was in the audience of that old game show “Let’s Make A Deal.” If the Roundtree residents don’t like what’s behind door No. 1, then maybe they’ll go for door No. 2 or door No. 3.

This project seems to morph into something new, at every planning board meeting in which it is on the agenda.

Does DATO think it is going to confuse us with constant changes? Does DATO think it can wear down the strong opposition to this project by dragging out this process for years?

How about a little honesty here? DATO knows exactly what project it wants to build; we, the residents, know there is going to be something built, but what, we just don’t know.

If DATO is sincere in its wishes to work together with the residents of our wonderful Roundtree neighborhood, why not be up front and lay all of the cards on the table, so the planning board and the residents can fully understand the impact this project will have on our neighborhood?

Then, and only then, can informed decisions be made.

JoAnn Greiner
Hamburg
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