A pubic hearing was held last night on the Lexington Apartment proposal. Many citizens spoke against the proposal. Personally, the proposal looks and sounds great in addition to solving very long outstanding issues. The postives are obvious. The negatives mentioned was the sale price. The "appearance looks like a Marriott". The prime property should be used for something else. Increased traffic and its impact on residents living across the street. Just to mention a few. The first selectman and others addressed these comments / concerns properly. In my humble opinion, the price was the best offered with the best proposal. What more can anyone expect. Second, the appearance. The proposal looks fantastic. With new colonial charm which many other towns have added. What the problem, it blend better than the library. Other usage. Well, as was explained, the town has looked into other options unsuccessfully and the town does not need the parcel for other usages, (fire, office space, etc). Why re-visit past issues ... let move forward. As far as the traffic! Traffic is an on going issue on this portion of Bridge street for years. Traffic would be an issue regardless of the project. However this is a good time to address the issue. Maybe, the zoning board will only allow entrance and exit from Route 75. Maybe, the town can afford to put audible signals on the bridge street crossing. Our town center at Bridge and 75 is not traffic friendly. Never has been. Never will be unless a bypass is built. Let open the discuss. Don't forget to vote the town meeting, TBD. Oh! The school system impact expected is minor. Regardless should we stop progress, building anything in which kids can live. Okay, hopefully this will open the discussion to the entire town and not just the minority that attend the public hearing.
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