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The Sun letter to the editor: Do not allow proposed Sherwood Meadows Apartments to be built

The Hamburg Sunís recent coverage of the proposed Sherwood Meadows apartment complex in the town of Hamburg has been quite thorough, although not enough emphasis has been placed on the potential traffic safety issue, which is of great concern to the adjacent residential community.

This apartment complex is proposed to be constructed on a dead-end residential street. The developer has provided no direct means of ingress or egress to the two primary access roads (Howard Road and Southwestern Boulevard), thereby forcing all residents of the proposed apartment complex to access the complex via narrow residential streets.

The developerís plans include 128 apartment units, with two parking spaces per unit, for a total of 256 parking spaces. Based on full occupancy with two cars per unit, there is the potential that an additional 256 vehicles per day will travel these residential streets and this does not include the vehicles of visitors, complex employees, maintenance/service people, etc.

The developerís plan will force the proposed apartment residents to travel through the residential streets to access Howard Road, in order to further access Southwestern Boulevard or Camp Road.

Traffic is already heavy on Howard Road, with a posted speed limit of 30 mph. Because of a lack of speed control devices on Howard Road, very few drivers actually adhere to the 30 mph limit, as evidenced by the number of mailboxes knocked down and run over, in the last few years.

In addition to the local residential traffic on Howard Road, many other drivers use Howard as a cut-through between Camp and Southwestern and travel at rates of speed much higher than 30 mph.

At some times of the day, it is almost impossible to make a left-hand turn from Howard Road onto Camp Road, a five-lane major highway, because there is only a stop sign on Howard Road at this intersection. More vehicles will make the traffic backup at the Howard/Camp intersection even worse than it already is.

The area directly between the proposed apartment complex and the two primary access roads (Howard Road and Southwestern Boulevard) consists of hundreds of single-family homes. There are many children and pets in this neighborhood. These narrow residential streets are very busy and accommodate on-street parking on both sides of the streets.

Also, during the school year, these streets are crowded with school buses every morning and afternoon. Adding an additional traffic load of 200 Ė 300 vehicles per day to these residential streets is a disaster waiting to happen.

In exploring around the town of Hamburg, I have been unable to locate another similarly-sized apartment complex that has been constructed on a dead-end residential street with such limited ingress/egress.

Setting such a precedent for the town would allow other developers to pursue plans for similar developments in similar confined areas.

Overall, the addition of hundreds of additional vehicles per day traveling through these residential streets will undermine the safety of the residents and adversely affect the peace and quiet of the neighborhood.

The town of Hamburg should not permit the developer to proceed with the construction of this large apartment complex.

Cheryl McBride

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