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Opinion

April 11, 2013

Housing project comes with a cost

When considering the Blodgett Drive complex, we must consider the cost to the city of Oneonta.

The building will be privately owned and for older students who are near legal drinking age. The police will need to patrol not only downtown but up the hill. Campus police are not responsible.

Drug dealers and others who prey on campuses will be aware of the possibilities. We will need more police.

Blodgett Drive is a narrow street with no sidewalk. Potentially 325 cars and commercial vehicles for deliveries will add to the traffic in a residential area. If residents walk on the road, their lives are at risk. Therefore, when the city adds sewer and water, it should widen the road and put in a sidewalk, which the city or complex must clean.

We were asked to conserve water this year because of possible shortages. Will we have enough water for this addition?

Runoff will be a huge problem. Water will run off down the hill into the stream that overflowed into the high school drive, Wilber Park and downtown. Since the flood, we have had overflow problems due to the present runoff levels. If a pond is built, it too must run down just as the pond near Hunt Union does.

Our sewer treatment plant is in need of upgrade. Will this addition to the sewer stress the treatment plant?

It is not just about landlords losing money. The coffee and sandwich shops downtown could go out of business, which will make downtown more depressing and bring in less tax.

We are to give the builder a tax abatement but must consider the possible city cost of police, road upkeep and upgraded drainage, water and sewer.

Pamela Fitch Tausta

Oneonta

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