Over the past few months much has been said and printed about the proposed use of the lake and surrounding property at the former sand and gravel pit at about 13500 W. Burleigh Road. While there are numerous reasons why many of the surrounding residents are decidedly against this project, there are four that stand out in my mind:
· One of the most untenable and understated elements of this whole project is its anticipated duration of activity. Just imagine living next door to this type of ongoing noise-generating activity 12 hours a day, five days a week for seven years? The continual arrival and dumping of quad-axle dump trucks with back-up alarms and the accompanying noise of the required earthmoving equipment. This reason alone should be cause for the city of Brookfield to do everything in its power to halt this work. Mayor Steve Ponto mentioned recently that the time element may be reduced to four years. I suggest that even four years is more than enough to cause people to want to move from the area.
· Continual dust and dirt will be found both on the roads and in the air for the duration of the project. This dust and dirt would be especially bothersome during the warmer months when windows are often open all day. Sitting on porches and patios would not be a pleasant experience and perhaps impossible.
· Perhaps most important for some of the surrounding residents is the anticipated erosion of real estate values during the long completion time of this work. Potential buyers would likely bypass this area when shopping for a house when seeing this type of activity continuing for the next two, three or even four years or more. Also, I'm sure that the owners of the adjacent apartments anticipate a drop in rentals during the duration of this work.
· Many have heard Mark Regal's remarks about the type of pedestrian and bicycle traffic that typically is seen on Burleigh Road. Those of us who live in the area and travel Burleigh on a regular basis can certainly support this.
I ask that the local aldermen and Plan Commission members put their families in the position of the surrounding residents and ask themselves the question: "Would you like to live the next seven, or even four, years with this project taking place next door?"
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