Residents turn out to protest Locust Ave. lot
Published 4:13 pm, Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Residents of Heritage Hill Road attended the Building Department Meeting Monday night to protest a potential addition to the parking lot on Locust Avenue. The plans for the project, which have yet to be scrutinized by the Planning and Zoning Commission, include a second tier and a new exit and entrance onto Heritage Hill.
"Heritage Hill Road is a shortcut for (Route) 123, let's be honest," she said. "We hope the proposed plan does not become the plan before we are consulted."
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Wilson asked that the department consider the number of children and elderly who live in the various homes and condominium associations on Heritage Hill.
Also in question was the legality of building an entrance to a commercial lot on a residential street in general. The issue will most likely be resolved at the Planning and Zoning Commission sometime later in the year.
Sheila Fitilis, an avid walker, took the floor to briefly comment on the speed at which cars drive along Heritage Hill. "I do a lot of walking and not only do cars drive fast, but they go through lights and stop signs." She said, "We have a lot of elderly. I'm pretty agile and I really have to hoof it."
Most residents in attendance agreed that an entrance on their road would be a continuation of the village onto a residential street.
Suggested alternatives, such has building a ramp from the proposed second tier onto Locust Street, or not going through with the project at all, were discussed. The second tier to the parking lot, which may hold up to 100 cars, would be reduced in size with a ramp onto Locust Avenue, and the board pointed out that shoppers and commuters are in desperate need of additional parking spaces.