North Yarmouth can do better

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As residents of North Yarmouth for the past 32 years and approaching retirement, we were initially excited about the proposed town center project for North Yarmouth. But after looking at drawings of the plan and studying the facts, we feel North Yarmouth can do better. Sure, providing for affordable senior housing fulfills an important need, but should a senior housing development be the focus of the town center? Our understanding is that the homes will sell for $320,000, hardly affordable for folks on a fixed income.

We encourage residents of North Yarmouth to take a close look at the plan. Unfortunately, the Town’s website only has a drawing of the new Wescustogo Hall and rebuilt gym. A rendering of the entire plan (which can be seen on the North Yarmouth Can Do Better Facebook page) shows 32 houses jammed together, along with parking lots, a playing field, a rebuilt Wescustogo Hall, and portions of the Memorial School. This is not the North Yarmouth we know and have come to love.

By voting no and turning down the proposal the town can work with a planner and town residents to come up with a plan for a vibrant town center.

Harry and Liz Nelson

North Yarmouth