Submitted by William T. Barnett
I feel the hard working and well-meaning Select Board members have made a mistake on the proposed Carlisle Road Project. They have been misled into doing this feel-good development by a state law that allows grossly oversized developments to be rammed through existing zoning laws and a developer intent on making maximum profit regardless of the damage it will do to Bedford’s quality of life.
When I last spoke to the Fire Chief, he had a problem with the overall density of this project. Traffic here is stopped from 7 to 9 a.m. regularly, especially when school is in session. Any senior needing an ambulance ride will be in that traffic. If you are a senior in need of help, is the term “death trap” an appropriate description of this tower? This tower needs to be eliminated.
Ten row houses 35 feet from Carlisle Road only 25 feet apart are also in this plan. The residents will feel and smell the traffic here. It will look like one long roof. In winter, the snow plow trucks will rattle the insides every time they go by. I cannot believe anyone would want this at a market price of about 700,000 or more. A similar development went into Natick. One year later, they won’t sell. These should also be eliminated.
Please read the article Mr. Rosenberg wrote in The Bedford Citizen in May. Find the site plan he included. There is now a revised site plan that, in spite of the select board’s first recommendations, is bigger than the first plan. See the video of our Feb. 14 forum with Devillis, then draw your own conclusions.
Now is the time to protect Bedford from this. In 50 years, I won’t be here, but if this passes this might be. People will wonder what they were thinking allowing this boondoggle here and who approved it. This article will inform them it was the three Select Board members and the Zoning Board of 2023. The Zoning Board number is 781-275-7446.
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