We, the undersigned individual residents of the Windchime neighborhood, a property abutting the planned Mashpee Commons expansion, write to express our opposition to any plan of the proposed scale and proximity to Mashpee’s rivers.

We support the creation of housing for Mashpee residents for whom the current market is inaccessible. The lack of “attainable housing” threatens the character and diversity of our community in Mashpee, and we hope Mr. Chace and the Commons will deliver on the promise to address that issue.

But the proposed development of 1,700 residential units and 1.2 million square feet of commercial space is just too big for an area at the heart of our town and the center of our congested roads. Traffic is already a safety and quality-of-life issue during the summer months. We do not have the capacity to absorb the substantial increase this development will bring.

Most important to us is the threat to our environment and natural resources. It is hard to believe that on the heels of a long-overdue town approval to address the critical impairment of the Mashpee River and Popponesset Bay any developer would suggest clear-cutting the open space near the river for a new “neighborhood.” The notion is plainly irresponsible.

We urge the town’s elected officials to prioritize the health and beauty of Mashpee’s natural resources, safeguard green space and demand a reduction in the scale of this proposal before any further consideration.

Rita Jane Bernier

Gold Leaf Lane

J. Lorraine Brown

Gold Leaf Lane

Jacqueline A. Buckmiller

Charles Wallace Weeks

Red Cedar Road

Carol A. Connelly

Bobwhite Crescent

Sheila Connolly

Blue Spruce Way

Judith Conway

Joseph McCarthy

Blue Spruce Way

JoAnn Dowling

Red Cedar Rd

Marion Easterbrooks

Red Cedar Road

Elinor Indeck Glener

Red Cedar Road

Jeanne Goldberg

Joel Goldberg

Gold Leaf Lane

Rose Grahame

Connie Tropeano

Red Cedar Road

Alan S. Gray

Theodore P. Stasiowski

Bobwhite Crescent

Katherine Haberlin

Thomas Haberlin

Gold Leaf Lane

Gerald W. Hayes

Maureen C. Hayes

Blue Spruce Way

Laura Leach

Blue Spruce Way

Anne Malone

Red Cedar Road

Diane Margaret McBurney

Robert Nicholas McBurney

Gold Leaf Lane

Marcia Norinsky

Michael Norinsky

Green Ivy Lane

Suzanne Weiss Pond

Red Cedar Road

Abby P. Raelin

Gold Leaf Lane

John W. Stone

Eileen A. Stone

Gold Leaf Lane

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