What Do Our New Neighbors Offer?

Our family moved to Londonderry over 43 years ago.  At the time there were no stop lights on Route 102 between Hudson and Derry.  The area was open and green and it was, to us, an ideal place to raise a family.  That’s why we moved here.

Things change.  Some call it progress.

We live on Devonshire Lane – a block away from the proposed Woodmont Commons.  We guess we are not “technically” abutters, but we will be adversely and directly affected.

When Home Depot decided to build its big box store off of Rt.102, we and our neighbors petitioned the town to close off Devonshire Lane to thru traffic because it had become a cut-through for speeders trying to skip the lights at Gilcreast Road and Rt 102.  Home Depot stepped up and purchased the land at the end of Devonshire so that the Town could block the street from the potential barrage of traffic caused by their business.  We believe Home Depot did this because they wanted to be good neighbors and the Town supported its citizens.

As far as we have seen, Woodmont Commons has not offered a single thing in an attempt to be good future neighbors.  Why should they spend money or give up land if they don’t have to?  Why should they care if they are good neighbors or not?  Our take is that they will do nothing that costs them money unless they are made to do so.  AND, to our knowledge, the Town has yet to do anything to support its long-time taxpayers who have voiced concern after concern about the negative impact of this project.

Because of our proximity to the Market Basket Plaza, we endured the blasting that caused our well water to go black and our house to settle below our drainage pipe.  We incurred significant plumbing and drainage costs because of their development and neither the Town nor the developer came forward with assistance. Is this going to happen again – FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS?

It is our hope that the Town will do something other than smile and bob their heads when the Woodmont Commons representatives come before the Planning Board.  We are hopeful (but not convinced) that YOU will protect your long term citizens and taxpayers against the potential damage and disruption this project will cause.

We concur with Jack Falvey that a 19 acre Apple Way Park on Gilcreast Road be preserved as a condition of the town’s acceptance of the Woodmont master plan.  We also ask that the Town require a fund be made available to offset the damage that will occur to those taxpayers like us (not just immediate abutters) who are negatively affected by this development.

Londonderry Planning Board please read this ENTIRE e-mail into the minutes of your July 10, 2013 meeting during the discussion on Woodmont Commons.

Sincerely,

James and Carol Tomaswick
24 Devonshire Lane
Londonderry, NH 03053

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  1. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

    The only positive thing I can say about Woodmont is that they are not asking the tax payers to build a new $12 million dollar road. Other than that, they are offering nothing of value to the town or the tax payers. If people wanted to live in a city environment, there are plenty to choose from all around us. It is not needed here. This developement will turn us into something Londonderry is not.

    1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

      Ken,

      That would be they haven’t asked YET. Did you see where at the last Planning Bd meeting the developer asked since the town is willing to push for fed funding as well as town funding for Pettingill, “where are my roads”? This is not a nice guy. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him sue the town if any taxpayer money is spent to build Pettingill.

      1. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Quid pro Quo

        The developer stands to make millions of dollars off the backs of already overburdened taxpayers! I find it interesting that when the developer gets frustrated at the Planning Board, he resorts to a Latin phrase I remember from “The Silence of the Lambs”.

        There are some Planning Board members asking tough questions. There are others who are clearly “in the pockets” of the developer.

        The amount of people whose lives and property will be affected by this on a daily basis for TWENTY YEARS is astounding.

        The whole thing is a disgrace and anyone who has trouble selling their house and getting out of Londonderry should be thinking “class action lawsuit”.

        1. -3 Vote -1 Vote +1Martin Srugis

          That is a strong accusation, prove it!
          If you can’t or won’t, you should retract that statment.

          1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Quid pro Quo

            If you are referring to my use of the phrase “in the pockets” – I am not implying anything illegal.

            I probably should have said advocating for the developer. If you cannot see that there are Planning Board members who appear to be pushing for this developer to get his way, then you are not paying attention.

            The taxpayers are overburdened in this Town. The school enrollment is down enough to close a school. Our assessments are too high and our taxes keep going up. Another huge problem is the abysmal turnout of local voters.

            This project will change the lives of many people in this Town. It’s not about preserving apple orchards for me. It’s about trying to sell my home while explaining to potential buyers that twenty years of construction isn’t that bad.

    2. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Mac

      Actually, the developer (aka Demoulas) did make a proposal of “road improvements” they feel will benefit access to their development. They are asking for the taxpayers of Londonderry or federal taxpayers (through federal grants) to pay for these road upgrades. They already know that access to the development is going to come from all sides (not just from 93 through exit 4 and the mysterious 4a) so they want roads widened, traffic lights added, intersections restructured, etc.

  2. -4 Vote -1 Vote +1Exit4A

    Ken,

    Derry and Londonderry already have expended funds (taxpayer dollars)to help build an highway Exit right into the project.

    1. -2 Vote -1 Vote +1Mac

      4A does not extend in to the Demoulas Housing Projects. It actually goes toward Derry and does not provide the access they have been basing the whole development on…. And, on top of it all, studies have shown that 4a is not going to aid in relieving traffic problems.

      1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Kathy Wagner

        Mac,

        The land across I93 that is part of Woodmont Commons it is not in Derry it is part of Londonderry.

  3. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

    Do you really want to see what kind of neighbor you’re getting. Just google the developer. His name is Michael Kettenbach. Look at the lawsuits his real neighbors had to file against him. He’s not a good guy.

  4. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Jason

    I second looking the developer up. I brought the same concerns to our town councilors and was told “they are keeping an eye on it”. My gut has told me all along this wasn’t going to be a good thing for Londonderry, but it doesn’t look like there is much context for stopping it.

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