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Opinion

June 3, 2014

Project too dangerous for Storey Avenue

To the editor:

I attended several of the Planning Board hearings on the proposed development of Storey Avenue. Tropic Star’s plans are preposterous. The pharmacy will have approximately 71 parking spaces. Additionally, the gas station/convenience store will have more parking, so essentially the corner of Low Street and Storey Avenue will be a giant parking lot with cars coming and going from everywhere. How is that for the “Gateway to our City?” And, as we are aware, many drivers talk or text on their phones while driving, taking their attention away from what they are doing and that is “driving.” How do we stay safe under these dangerous conditions?

These proposed businesses will operate 24 hours a day, which means more traffic lights, illuminated signs and lighting from the businesses themselves. We may as well be on Times Square.

It is in the best interest of our community for the Planning Board to reject this proposed development. Please attend the hearing on Wednesday.

Rosemarie Serino

Newburyport

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