2008-12-24 / Letters to the Editor

Inequities exist among projects

As you are probably aware, there is a very large construction project at 366 East Shore Rd. My residence is just across the street from this project, so it has held my attention for some time. You are already aware of complaints by other neighbors concerning the noise, lights, and dust created daily by this work.

have another concern.

From my observations, this project has involved large changes in the terrain of the land and proposes the erection of a very large structure. Permits have been granted, but there are a number of questions that have come to my mind. To the best of my knowledge, none of the proposed structures have been reviewed by either the Jamestown Planning Commission or the zoning board.

What puzzles me is that there seems to be a double standard. Recently a friend of mine was held up over a year and spent considerable money just to add a moderately-sized bedroom on his house. Getting approval involved tearing out his macadam driveway and replacing it with crushed stone to satisfy the required uncovered surface for rainfall absorption.

Another case is the request by the glass blowing business on North Main Road to engage in very minimal retail sales from the business location. Even though the owners went to court and a large portion of the town's people were in favor of granting their request, they lost their battle.

In contrast, what is prob- ably the largest and most costly private construction project to ever occur in Jamestown seems to move rapidly along without the same degree of oversight given to the aforementioned requests.

W.L. Sprague Reservoir Circle

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