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.
James and Carol Tomaswick
24 Devonshire Lane
Londonderry, NH 03053