I don't often go by Essex St. but see there is a large five story building at Deering Lumber being built on the street line on both Willow and Essex.
I feel so sorry for the residents of Willow - they must see nothing but this building from their living rooms and bedrooms. A building that large belongs away from the property line and could easily have been built along the tracks instead. It's unnatural and claustrophobic where it is now.
I agree that it is an overpowering presence in that area - but it is zoned for that purpose - its set-back would have been a better outcome aesthetically. I guess for those living in the 5th floor penthouse will have a spectacular view.
When they took the bowling alley down the developer had to widen the street and install parking spaces.
For this one, they let them build right up to the street. It would have been useful to have the parking spaces along the whole street instead of the pitiful few next to Station Crossing.
They also made Willow St. one-way so there's fewer ways across town. There is basically no good road to get through between Myrtle and Vinton now.
This is the new Melrose, people. Whether we like it or not, it is here to stay. 5 years ago we were around 27,000 residents. Now the city claims we "hover" around 28,000 (insert chuckle) Ya, ok, if you believe that I have some ocean front property to sell you in Kansas. Can't imagine a population under 30,000. Turning our small town into an overcrowded city.
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Like Chelsea! No way, Jose!
The bozo brigade is at it again, and MFD, the Chief leader MFD is again ignorantly posting about another subject he knows nothing about. For starters, the development is senior housing with assisted living services...something desperately needed in Melrose. Pretty sure their won't be a penthouse as the units average less than 1,000 square feet. Apparently "Concerned" felt looking at Deering Lumber and the dilapidated structures on the site was a premium view right up with over looking the golf course. New Rose must be a relative new comer. There was a time when Melrose's population was over 33,000 in the 70's and 80's. Its finally on the upswing again and the new buyers are a breath of fresh of air. You Clowns are a bunch of whining morons whose grasp of the facts is right up there with MFD's grasp of a healthy diet.
Get real, Clown Patrol! That building could ave better positioned than it is now - and the comments about the parking is legitimate.
Also, there will be penthouses as their brochure discusses. Do some reading before commenting, Clown ---oops forgot the word Patrol!
The area is teeming with RATS. What is the Health Department doing?
If you are going to attack Jessica Buster, have the guts to identify her by name. Hope you don't have any daughters or a wife...
lol. I wasn't specifically referring to this woman but if the shoe fits. I just made an observation. Anytime I see a young mom driving a Prius any other small Toyota, or a Subaru they happen to have short curly hair and are democrats. 😂
By the way I happen to have three beautiful daughters and a wife. Two have successful jobs, one is still in college and my wife is a successful accountant. They don't need feminists telling them they are being held down by men. They are beautiful, long-haired, suv-driving, Trump supporters.
No one should have approved such a structure as is being built now. The city had opportunity to improve the impact on the public way and the surrounding neighbors, but this behemoth is unacceptable - even if it won't look dilapidated - for now.
The new building should have been sited along the tracks and toward the back of the lot. There could be appropriate parking between the building and the street and a nice green space along Essex and Willow. Willow could have appropriate public parking spaces straight down to Essex, continuing the line of parking as done for Station Crossing.
Willow street should be two-way. There is no north-bound street across that part of town between Vinton to Myrtle now that Willow is taken away in one direction. Myrtle is congested by the library and Shaws. Vinton St. is on the opposite side of the tracks.
What's being built instead of something good for the city:
1. Huge building dwarfing the surroundings on both Willow and Essex.
2. It's so high and close to the street, it will block sun from the public way.
3. Narrow, one-way Willow Street - and useless white lines and bicycle symbol.
More people, more cars, more kids = less parking, more congested streets and over crowded classrooms. Then to top it off some rocket scientist keeps approving the narrowing of streets, bump outs, oversized sidewalks, one way streets, and bike lanes, so now we all have even less room to drive, park and move about this overcrowded city. Thanks for the great planning!
Yeah, and it's so much safer when there is snow accumulation with these narrower streets. Couldn't see or drive/walk around the snow piles before, but now it's truly a threat for everyone.
These 'planners' are out of control. Traffic tieups, tough parking, and general congestion because of narrow streets and bump outs make it unsafe. The more frustrated the drivers, they make more sudden moves they to get around the congestion and get out of it. That causes accidents.
When drivers get frustrated, they drive more dangerously. When traffic flows smoothly, drivers don't make unexpected moves to get around the traffic problems. Melrose is going to have more accidents in the Highlands, Shaws, than before.
The smugness of the planners is obvious. They want to brag they installed all the latest fads - narrowed streets, bump outs, bicycle 'lanes' that are unsafe. I won't ride my bike right next to a row of cars where it's only a matter of time until someone will open a car door right into me. I'm staying in the travel lane.
Not worried. Judging by a lot of the newcomers I've seen, not too many of them are the sort to be reproducing.
NO idea what that means! Are we being invaded by eunuchs?
I love when Wee Willie plays coy!
If there's anything Melrose already has in wholesale quantities, it's eunuchs!