I was at local St Paddy’s Day Party and became aware of this neighborhood issue. It involves a proposed house site off Dewey St. It affects the neighbors on Cass, Park, Green and Dewey. There is new owner of the house on Dewey and that lot is a pork chop lot extending back into that swale. The issue is that the area has been, forever, a clump of woods, of habitat , right in Town. It also as you can imagine provides currently a nice backyard view and screen for all the abutters. It is also very wet. I guess there might be springs in the area. I have placed a push pin marked drain at the corner of Dewey & Water Streets. I have walked by that drain for years with my dog. It is always running, fast, lots of water. Even in the dogs days of August, it flows. Go check for yourself , Just pull up shut off your engine and listen. I think it drains that area, so that means it is very wet. The guy building there will require plenty of sump pumps. There is a meeting, probably Zoning Board on Tuesday about the proposed driveway.
It’s too bad that we have to always fight these things as lonely abutters. It’s too bad that there are not in place, regulations that would kill this fast. I can’t imagine buying a house and disrupting a neighborhood with such a proposal.
This one is a tough one. I mean c’mon it’s not the big empty lot next door that you might have assumed would be sold. It’s this wild tangle of undergrowth and water, and birds nests. The place that the neighborhood kids hacked around in all Summer. Who would think that a neighbor would build a house back there? Good luck if it goes through as that house will be in a fishbowl. It’s just a bad idea. There are plenty of other deals to go work on.
The common driveway never works, always conflicts. If not now, later.