This "letter to the editor" was submitted to the LongmeadowBuzz blog by Jayne K. Benmosché of Longmeadow, MA.
- A NO vote would assure that additional traffic congestion in and around the three schools located near the shops will not be additionally challenged, thereby not endangering the safe passage of school children to/from Blueberry Hill School, Longmeadow High School, and Williams Middle School.
- A NO vote would maintain that the current CVS at the shops not be moved to the proposed residential lot with a larger building and a drive thru pharmacy. There are two CVS stores in our town which are more than adequate to service the resident’s needs. CVS is NOT a preferred pharmacy for disabled persons or seniors on Part D prescription coverage. Most seniors with AARP currently drive two miles from the shops to Walgreen’s in East Longmeadow or use the pharmacy at Big Y for their prescription needs. Another concern would be a Minute Clinic added to the store’s services. Sick individuals belong in a physician’s office not in a busy store with shoppers.
- A NO vote would not compromise the residential areas that abut the property. Those homes located on Williams Street would have increased road traffic, delivery truck noise, and increased difficulty gaining entrance and exit of their homes.
- A NO vote does NOT interfere with Grove Properties ability to redesign the current parking structures of the shops. They do NOT need additional stores to accomplish this. This area has had a substantial increase in traffic since adding another restaurant on site. Grove Property knew in advance this would create increased need for additional parking spaces.
- A NO vote would allow our town to safely utilize ALL the current stores in Williams Place, Big Y, and the Longmeadow Shops. Increasing the size of the current shops would interfere with the existing flow of traffic that traverses between the both sides from Bliss to Williams Street and vice versa. There are currently 12 entrances/exits in the oval with two crosswalks.
- A NO vote would allow consideration be given to hiring an urban planning company to get a traffic safety study done BEFORE a zoning change is approved.
Jayne K. Benmosché