, Salem, MA


October 24, 2012

Letter: BHA overreaches with Spring Street project

To the editor:

My mother and I reside at 167 Essex St., Beverly, directly across from the planned 11 Spring St. housing project proposed by the Beverly Housing Authority. I am sure many, many people know exactly where my house is. It is the large stucco house, surrounded by a stone wall and the archway with the wisteria growing on the corner, in the four-way intersection of Essex, Corning and Spring streets. My family has resided in this neighborhood for 53 years. This is for the majority a single-family residential neighborhood. All our neighbors take pride in their properties by keeping their homes well-maintained with groomed yards.

The BHA plans to put two more buildings to house four families on this lot at 11 Spring St., along with the already existing single-family home to make a total of five families that will reside there. If you drive by the property, you will see how small the space is to accommodate that many buildings and people.

We oppose this project for many reasons:

The first reason is because the lot does not appear to conform to the city ordinances, which the Montserrat Neighborhood Group is fighting with an appeal to the Zoning Board of Appeals, where it will be proven that the lot is nonconforming for such a project of that size.

The second reason concerns the amount of traffic in this intersection. This intersection is one of the busiest in the city of Beverly. At commuter hours, along with the Montserrat train station, owned by the MBTA, there is even more congestion and confusion for motorists and pedestrians. The five families will have 10 parking spaces for their vehicles, with exits onto Spring and Essex streets. I do not currently see where these 10 spaces will fit on the property. Now we have just added more congestion to the traffic issue. I blame the Planning Board of Beverly for not considering this issue before approving the plan.

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