My neighbor, Judith Vanderhoef, approached me just now walking my kids home from school and I promised I'd get the word out so there's more awareness:
She is being bothered by a developer, Rodney Weber.
He is developing the two large parcels on South Avenue.
He added a third property to be developed, behind the two large parcels, that is accessed by an old strip of trail, running from Sargent Avenue. I think it dates to the days of the Sargent mansion. It's owned by Sycamore HOA (the circle of townhouses off Sargent) but is zoned as public access.
This developer Rodney Weber is moving trees on her property that abut the public access trail but don't overlap it, to the other end of her property (off of it in fact). He's telling her he will charge her for snow removal and maintenance from now on (her driveway overlaps the trail for some ten or twenty feet). She lives in the old Sargent Mansion cottage on 131 Sargent Avenue.
Public *shared* access does not mean this developer can come in and push people around. Even if he purchased the strip (I don't think he did) to access this third lot he is developing, the zoning hasn't changed (I know the president of Sycamore HOA personally and I'll check with him).
He should at least show some respect to the woman who has lived there for decades.
Anyway, she told me she is going to the upcoming P&Z meeting.
Show some love P&Z board, City Council and Mayor: I know you are promoting growth. But growth is not 2 new mansions in the woods (well, it used to be woods, until Rodney Weber cut down 90% of the trees on acres of land).
Ideally, we should have a TOD to promote the kind of growth we want (bike and pedestrian friendly), but that's an argument for another post.
More importantly, there will be a lot of pressure on Beacon's growth in the coming years as the real estate market heats up again and Beacon keeps ascending in awareness as a great place to move to.
Responsible growth means existing Beaconites don't get kicked around by developers, and we need to stick together on this point.