I was hoping after a spectacular Preservation Week that we could recuperate a little but apparently that is not to be! We’ve a development group that wants to knock down an historic home so they can put up senior housing.
I’ve no problem with building senior housing.
I’ve no problem with a developer trying to build senior housing near a medical center. Makes sense!
I’ve no problem with increasing density in the heart of our city.
I’ve no problem someone trying to make some money and earn some profit and perhaps generate some jobs and increasing our tax revenue for the city.
BUT DO YOU HAVE TO KNOCK DOWN THE VERY THING THAT IS MAKING NEWBURYPORT A REGIONAL TREASURE?
DO YOU HAVE TO MAR THE LOVELY TOPPANS LANE SO YOU CAN MAKE A FAST BUCK?
It serves no benefit to destroy our historic district buildings. They are the core source of our economic benefit. Not hospitals, not schools, not senior housing, not marinas or rail trails or open space – common sense is to protect the very source of our wealth!
It is the responsible thing to do in our City.
Some accommodation must be made to prevent the destruction of the historic home at 26 Toppan’s Lane. Either an alternate route for access or the house needs to be moved. Why a beautiful streetscape must be marred so a few people can make money? That is not good capitalism. There should be mutual benefit for all parties and that includes the City of Newburyport. One of the important roles of the ZBA is to detect a benefit for the City whenever a development requests exemption from the zoning ordinance.
Right now there is a net loss. Loss of farm land, loss of forest area, loss of historic streetscape, loss of equity and property values for abutters and general diminishing of the Newburyport Historic District.
-Ramona Preston, Online Petition, 26 August, 2010
If you care about and love Newburyport – please be sure to show up tomorrow night at City Hall. Prior to that, try to get down to the Planning Office and spy the plans so you can contribute to the discussion. Unable to get down there? Just show up as a concerned citizen will make a big difference. THE ZBA MUST RECORD IN THEIR RECORDS ANY STATEMENTS AGAINST THIS PROJECT.
We must seek accommodation if possible. Failing that, this project should be rejected.