The Academy announced at their last Trustee meeting that they will begin another round of PR within the community. They have reason to feel impelled toward this. I wonder how many tax dollars will be spent on this new round of PR.
Bob Holland (member of the Ex. Committee and Chair of Buildings and Grounds) believes firmly that, because of his 30-year history of residency in Woodstock, he knows (without any shadow of doubt) that the vast majority of Woodstock residents would enthusiastically vote “Yes!” for the ambitious and costly Academy expansion of an athletic complex within the Historic District. Good thing for Bob that we don’t have any say or vote on the issue. At least he can’t be proven wrong.
John Guszkowski, planner with CME announced in the last PZC meeting that the athletic complex expansion will increase property values of abutters. Who knew!? What great news. John didn’t waste any words explaining how he substantiates this statement but several well-respected, long-term local realtors assure us abutters that this will NOT be the case but, in fact, devaluation will occur. Although I like John’s take on this far more, I defer to the voice of experience on the topic.
If PZC approves this application that includes placement of “non-structures” as big as a football field that will be jammed smack up against abutter’s property lines . . . well, won’t precedence be set with this decision? In that, shouldn’t we all expect to see – in time – more Woodstock residents getting non-structures like a football fields jammed up against their boundary lines too? This should please football fans anyway.
Guszkowski kindly let us know that the Academy doesn’t need to provide a buffer for abutter’s because the just-over-the-stone wall abutter’s land is in “agricultural use” therefore not needy or worthy of a buffer. For all those who own larger tracts of land – this is probably good information for you to know of now. Read the rest of this entry »