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Letter: Development on mountain disrespectful to neighbors


Lower Alsace Township is blessed with beautiful, peaceful forests, mountains and a safe environment for wildlife.

In the spring we witnessed with alarm the clear-cutting of old mature trees around Stokesay Castle. It was a sensory horror with daily chain sawing, heavy machinery and huge trees crashing in the woods.

On Sept. 1 Stokesay’s owners presented to the township planning commission a plan for a 328-unit condominium development with 600 parking units. The plan was poorly researched with no consideration for adequate water, sewage and electric upgrades. The traffic and demographic studies were dubious and slanted.

The commission was diligent and fair in its immediate assessment. Stokesay has to go back to the drawing board, but the plan has many serious deficiencies.

The land owners don’t respect the priorities of the mountain community surrounding the property. After their 2015 plan for the land was rejected, they seem to have exacted their deforestation revenge. It is sad that despite all their financial resources, their vision of the future is so opposed to their neighbors.

James Frank
Lower Alsace Township

Source: Berkshire mont

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