enters Downtown Phase II, the real estate the bus garage and salt storage facility leave behind will mean major tax revenues. But for Barlow Road residents, the move will be a major headache -- the buffer between our property lines and the new project is 50 feet.
The project is on a section of District 8 that enters off Hudson Drive and runs behind neighbors' yards. Because of significant wetlands, only 3.2 and 6.51 acres of the 31.13 acre property will be used and those parcels are directly behind neighbors' yards.
In response to concerns about noise, even more shrubs and pine trees appear to be planned for the narrow 50 foot buffer zone. But even the hardest-working pine tree will be hard-pressed to camouflage the sound of 65 buses idling, backing and honking their horns -- part of the pre-trip testing that drivers do every morning as early as 6 a.m. We already hear traffic from Terex Road in our backyards, even in large lots. The bus parking lot and its noise would be just 75 feet from property lines.
We're concerned about noise, air quality, our wells, environmental damage and reduced property values. Placing the project so close would affect our quality of life and deny us peaceful use of our backyards with noise that could be a public nuisance. The cumulative effect of 65 buses spewing diesel fuel into the air next to wetlands is also troubling.
Hudson has done a wonderful job planning the downtown area, but we believe this heavy commercial use project is too intrusive. We hope the lure of new homes and businesses downtown won't supplant the needs of current long-term Hudson residents. We ask the city to find a home that's better suited for these two projects.
Author Corturillo, Ronald Bendycki,