Opposition to Shay's Development


Opposition to Shay's DevelopmentDear Editor,

I's a concerned resident of Northborough, looking to minimize builder, Tim Shay's, proposed project on the 1.8 acre parcel of land at 130 E. Main Street. Shay's plan, which calls for a mixed-use development consisting of three buildings, containing 12 residential apartment units, 12,880 square feet of retail and office space which exits onto Brigham and Main Streets is much too dense a project for this thickly settled area. This development would abut small, one-level homes that sit on Brigham Street, a busy, narrow, scenic road. Shay's project would place undue stress on an already busy and dangerous intersection while also affecting privacy due to building height and outdoor lighting. Of great concern is the safety of all on Brigham St. which has no sidewalks, is regularly used by adults and kids walking to/from school just .2 miles away and contains a bus drop-off point that is directly across from the proposed development's exit. This project will not only affect the residents of the immediate neighborhood, but the community as a whole. There are so many current properties for sale in the immediate downtown area that could use a facelift, attract new business and brighten up Northborough. What about developing some of those properties instead of creeping into our sleepy, charming, residential area? I encourage all Northborough residents to attend the ZBA public hearing on Tuesday, February 28 at 7pm at town hall to voice your concerns.


Deidre Merritt

Northborough resident

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