Time to speak up against low-income housing project

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 To the editor:

After losing battles to put low-income housing off Winnipeg Avenue (off English Creek), it is now coming to the area of Cottonwood Avenue in Egg Harbor Township.

Two meetings have already been held with many angry residents opposing –  myself included.

The only reason the residents were made of aware of this is because Egg Harbor Township had to send certified letters to all residents within 200 feet. That is how the public was made aware of a vote to “change zoning” to make this possible.

This is a residential area and none of the residents want this built here. The schools are already overcrowded and the 50-foot-tall building may not even be accessible to the fire company in case of emergency.

This is being secretively forced down our throats. The land has already been surveyed and the residents were forced to sit through a meeting of the builders involved when they thought they were going to a meeting to oppose zoning. They had a large diagram of the project already in the works before even one resident was ever aware.

No one wants this in their backyard. And everyone has a right to oppose this and have their say. 

I didn’t appreciate the mayor yelling at a resident who was trying to voice their opposition to this. That is what they were there for – not to meet the builders and see their plans, which had to be in the works for a long time.

It’s time for all residents to speak up and be heard. What will our mayor and township committee do to stop this monstrosity – which isn’t wanted in an already stressed community?

You are there to represent the taxpayers, not the builders. And please, keep the veterans out of it. We are not ignorant.

Sandra DeMarco

Egg Harbor Township

 


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