Woodmont opponents make case for apple trees
Project developer Michael Kettenbach didn’t attend this week’s meeting, though he did send his attorney, Ari Pollack.Town officials had scheduled a public hearing for this week’s meeting, but Pollack asked that the hearing be continued to the June 26 meeting because the development team remains “in peer review on aspects of the project’s fiscal impact.”After the board approved the request, a group of residents led by Jack Falvey presented their request that Woodmont developers set aside 19 acres of orchards along Gilcreast Road for use as a public park.
The footage included photographs of the Londonderry of days past, with rolling farmlands, Old Home Day parades and miles and miles of apple orchards.
Later, Falvey said the Lievens family, the former owners of the land slated for Woodmont Commons, was crucial in bringing I-93 to the Londonderry area so many years ago, and that Bill Lievens founded the Londonderry Housing and Redevelopment Authority and served as a selectman, school board member and planning board member.“We still have a great deal to thank him for,” Falvey said.The Lievens family sold the 280-acre parcel to Massachusetts-based real estate developer Pillsbury Realty Development LLC in January 2010 for a reported $7 million.
He also expressed worries over the future water source should the area be developed.
“My aquifer sits right under your planned development,” he said, looking at Pollack. “That’s a prime concern.”
“I won’t go out on my bicycle after 3 p.m. out there. It’s tough enough to get my truck out on that street,” said Stoller. “Putting in additional cuts and getting more cars out there would make it extremely difficult and would significantly impact everyone along that road.”
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