LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Another perspective on the Mary’s Place proposal

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:]

To Editor @ B-Town Blog,

I just read Mr. Feinberg’s Letter to the Editor, and I am left with several thoughts.

First, I wonder if Mr. Feinberg’s neighborhood will be directly impacted by the Mary’s Place project to create high density housing. I live on SW 130th Street, across from the Mary’s Place property, and I will most likely be very affected by the proposed high density development. With such a large and concentrated increase in residents, there would be considerably more traffic and noise along 130th Street SW, a two-lane road with no sidewalks or traffic signals; from a pedestrian and driver safety perspective, this is concerning.

From what I have seen, those living near Mary’s Place support the work of the organization and would like to be good neighbors. My understanding is that many neighbors, myself included, are supportive of a compromise that would enable Mary’s Place to serve those in need while also talking into account the character of an existing neighborhood composed mainly of single family homes. Moderate density housing on the Mary’s Place property seems like a fair and reasonable solution, and I don’t believe this approach constitutes red lining, as stated in the previous letter to the editor. If Mary’s Place were to build moderate density housing and to consider developing the east side of the property closer to Ambaum Blvd., this would have less impact on the existing neighborhood. Mary’s Place clearly is a caring organization, however the lack of coordination with the existing neighbors has really concerned me.

I hope the City Council will consider these thoughts.

– Aaron Bly

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