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October 24, 2012

Letter: BHA overreaches with Spring Street project

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The third reason is the safety issue for the children that will be living there. It is a tremendous concern to the neighborhood. Currently, the BHA does not plan on having a fence surrounding the property. This is not safe for any children and with limited recreational space on the proposed property, where are the children going to be able to play safely — the sidewalks or worse, the train station parking lot? Another reason I put the blame on the Planning Board of Beverly for not considering this issue either.

The fourth reason is the impact on the surrounding community. Besides the safety of the children and the traffic issues, my other concern is the maintenance of the property by the BHA. I see the other properties that they own around Beverly, and they are ill-kept. Buildings that need to be painted, fences that need to be mended, missing shutters needing to be replaced, bushes that need to be trimmed and overflowing Dumpsters. The neighborhood does not want the property to become an eyesore to the residents residing there and to the citizens of Beverly. This neighborhood, along with other family communities, takes pride in ownership of their properties, the BHA does not.

The fifth reason concerns the arrogant and disrespectful attitude of the BHA itself. It has been heard, directly to some of the abutters of the planned project, that safety and traffic is not their concern. So if there is no concern for these factors, then the BHA has no regard for its tenants either. What kind of landlord is that? I call them a “slum landlord.” Obviously, the BHA is only concerned about the number of residents it provides housing to and not the welfare and safety of those residents! Rental residents are not just a number; they are real people seeking a nice, safe and well-maintained place to live, within a residential suburban community. I am appalled at the lack of concern of the BHA toward its neighbors and tenants.

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