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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

5 Lockwood Road

Once again, as I delve into Village land use issues, we are facing  "development" on our street, just like in July of 2013.

The owners who had lived at 5 Lockwood Road, Jean and Kenneth Wentworth  for more than 50 years or so moved away and sold the house this past summer. We were told the new owners would not tear down the house. Early winter we received a letter stating they were planning on an addition. It did not look too egregious, I did not attend the BAR meeting.

A week or so later we received another letter stating they wanted an even bigger addition.  This time hand delivered the night of January 30th for the meting on February 6th. There is no end to what people want...

See what is going on and try to keep calm.

Look at the displaced soil, mountain loads of it.

I took this picture on the right on February 1st.

These three pictures were taken at the same location, back of the house where they were proposing a new addition.
The one to the left below was taken on February 1st at 10:57 a.m., the one below on February 6th at 12:59 p.m. and the last one the same day at 4:48 p.m. with the plans next to it and the new addition highlighted with the cloud like area.

A closer look:

Does not look like they even waited for the approval, right ?  They were in front of the BAR on February 6th at 8:00p.m., but by 4:00 p.m. or so, they were already pouring  concrete.

5 Lockwood looked like this on February 6th at 12:58 p.m. :

The two pictures below were taken around 1:00 p.m., the right most at 4:52 p.m. when I returned to take some more pictures. Look how congested the area is becoming.

Our building code is allowing this. The architects and the new tenants are taking advantage of all this. Grab all you can, while you can. Our planner thinks our FAR laws are "fine"... What if everyone expanded to the maximum allowable square footage ? No, they refuse to think, to legislate, to plan.

The pictures below were sent with the notice for the BAR. The front view and then the back view of the house.

Looks like the Best Buy logo, don't you agree ?

It does not belong here and yet it was what the BAR approved despite my objections on Monday February 6th evening at the 11th hour literally. Very late at night after hearing thirteen other applications. This was number 14.

Their very kind words full of compassion:  "Well, you are lucky they did not tear down the house"... Instead of saying "Yeah, we should change the building laws, cannot allow this to continue". No, she took one more bite of her chocolate chip cookie, the only sign she was still a human being and not a Ninja or something...She is more familiar with IMAX and plastic dinosaurs than she is mullions or melons...Toy Story to the rescue !

Look what they are doing to the side of the house where there is hardly any room:

House next door 7 Lockwood Road below, and 16 Lockwood Road house across the street, underneath:

And the real owner: The tufted titmouse posing for me here, below right as I was taking these pictures.

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