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(The following letter was sent to TONH Supervisor May Newburger and printed here at the writer's request.)

I recall with admiration your and the BZA's courage in denying the necessary variances to the developers seeking to build the assisted living facility on lower Main Street and staying the course to win over that outfit's efforts in the courts.

Now we are faced with Putnam Developers' attempt to build a similar oversized luxury building, a "senior independent living complex" for the very wealthy, $275,000 to $325,000 price range.

This project, which doesn't even pretend, as the other did, to be of aid to the disastrous assisted living complex. The Putnam project would cause the same dishonor effects to the adjoining community of modest homes, overflow the public park across the street, create horrendous traffic problems, particularly as traffic along lower Main Street and coming and going to Manorhaven has increased significantly and is architecturally out of character with the rest of the buildings in the area.

Accordingly, I hope you, as supervisor of our dear town, will help persuade the BZA not to grant the needed variances. In any event, this matter should not be rushed through at the April 4 BZA meeting but should be considered on a later date and at a time when concerned citizens can have a fair chance to express their concerns about the project.

Frederick H. Bruenner


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