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Unfortunately, I have been very concerned for the last several months that a “High Security” detention facility with accessory office use would be very close to my new peaceful condo home.
I moved to South Waterfront community to have a more peaceful and secure life. I never dreamed that the high security jail would be the South “gateway” to my community.
My specific concerns are as follows:
- I am afraid of traffic congestion and safety issues at the corner of Bancroft, Moody and Macadam. The only entrance to the proposed jail right now is on Bancroft Street, which has only one lane for each direction. “With more than 54,000 square feet of planned parking on the site, traffic could be heavy in mornings and evenings, especially with fast-moving traffic on Macadam Avenue, which runs perpendicular to Bancroft.”
- I understand that the proposed jail is located less than 100 feet of the Discovery Center which is now planned as a charter school, a facility that is much needed in our community. Will we lose the charter school because it would be less than 300 feet from the jail?
- The jail is inconsistent with approved affordable housing to be constructed diagonally across the street on Moody and Bancroft.
Above all, I am greatly afraid that the entire South Waterfront future development might be hindered by the jail because the jail could be an immediate serious turn-off to potential developers, investors or homebuyers.
posted 2 years, 3 months ago
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