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Opinion

June 16, 2014

Storey Ave. project is troublesome

To the editor:

I am among the “vocal portion of residents of the Clipper Way-Woodman Way area” mentioned in Dyke Hendrickson’s City Notebook published Monday, June 9. Mr. Hendrickson is correct that many residents object to the size and scope of the development proposed by Tropic Star. The impact of this proposal, which by unconfirmed accounts is a CVS project, affects not only area residents but all Newburyport residents who use both Low Street and Storey Avenue.

Tropic Star wants to make money and that is understandable. We area residents want to be able to live in safety. Drivers entering or leaving Newburyport via Storey Avenue/Low Street already know the area is dangerous. Some have referred to the area as the most congested and dangerous in the city. Adding a CVS or any other major development cannot improve the traffic flow no matter what the traffic engineers propose.

Is there a reason that the vacant lot on Storey Avenue located just a few hundred feet east of Low Street isn’t a solid alternative for development? CVS would still have high visibility and the impact on this dangerous intersection would be eased.

I plan on attending as many meetings on this project as I can. I hope others can also.

Ann Jaroncyk

Newburyport

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