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Letter to the Editor: Reject Sherwood Meadows project

Editor:

My husband and I decided to sell our home and move from Buffalo, 22 years ago. Our decision was based upon the developing conditions in our neighborhood, our son’s development in the Buffalo school system and what we considered the lack of concern by the city of Buffalo for its residents.

We researched several areas and decided on Hamburg. We purchased our home on Breckenridge Road in the Roundtree Village. It was and still is a quiet neighborhood with good neighbors, a good school system and what we believed at the time to be a local government that looked out for welfare of its residents.

Now we face a situation with the proposed development of the Sherwood Meadows Apartments that well have a profound effect upon our neighborhood. What I truly found disturbing is how all of us are now having to attend meetings to save our neighborhood and to hire legal council to keep our neighborhood as it is. Development happens, yes, but it should not be at the expense of others.

We have attended all the planning board meetings and voiced our concerns for allowing this change in the developer’s original plans. I have been disappointed in what I have heard coming from our advocates, the planning board. This disappointment became reinforced after the last meeting on Sept. 4th that covered the part two review of the environmental assessment form.

Answers were provided by the planning board that seemed to be opinions not based upon the reality of the situation, in our view. While the board did issue a positive declaration requiring more information from the developer, some major questions were answered without any additional considerations. One example was part 19: “impact on growth and character of community or neighborhood.” The question was, “Proposed action will set an important precedent for future projects.”

The answer by the planning board was no. If you refer to a dictionary and look up the word “precedent,” you will read the following: “An act or instance capable of being used as a guide or standard in evaluating future actions.”

If this apartment complex can use a residential neighborhood as a driveway to go to and from the apartments, a precedent has been set. Once something happens that did not happen before and could be stopped, a precedent has been set.

Nowhere else in Hamburg to the knowledge of the board or anyone else has this type of use of a residential neighborhood been allowed. So what do you think will happen in the future, when some developer wants to do the same thing or something else to your neighborhood? Will they point to this as a precedent?

We need your help; your voice. Yes, you would be helping us now, but also yourself in the future. Please join us in voicing your concerns to the planning board and town board by mail, as they will not accept emails.

Patricia Backlas
Hamburg

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