Cheryl Corneau

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Commented on Leefort Terrace 8 months, 2 weeks ago
Absolutely, unacceptable situation at hand. Shame...shame...shame.
Supported a comment by Kathryn Burns on Leefort Terrace 8 months, 2 weeks ago
Kathryn Burns
With the tremendous influx of cash as well as political will for true low income housing units from the Federal and State governments, there is no excuse for privatizing this project. There is money coming out of Washington in firehoses. It's up to the local governments to think creatively how to use it, instead of doing the same design they've always done.

The size of the proposed structures not only affront the current residents and surrounding neighborhoods but also make a travesty of what was supposed to be an inclusive discussion with the residents in this area. Knock two floors off the high rises (and yes, they are high rises in comparison to the rest of the buildings for miles around them) and put some of the units in some of the green space the designers are insisting on. We don't need Caprini Green, we need respectful and affordable housing.
Kathryn C. Burns
Supported a comment by Thomas Cote on Leefort Terrace 8 months, 2 weeks ago
Thomas Cote
I agree, it seems that this site plan is already approved and we were not considered at all. I spoke out back when this was first brought up, I live on Memorial drive and will definitely be impacted by this development. This land is and should remain specifically for "seniors". Adding those two city owned lots to try and solve our affordable housing issues in Salem is ridiculous. They say those apartments need to be torn down is also very suspect. Where is the reports, where is the studies that state they need to be torn down as opposed to remodeled? We must take their word on this. This process is not acceptable, holding special meetings and only inviting the current residents of the complex. (yes, handed out flyers to the residents of Lee Fort Terr. only). This is not acceptable, we the surrounding neighbors need to be heard, and deserve to be more involved.
Supported a comment by Richard Stafford on Leefort Terrace 8 months, 2 weeks ago
Richard Stafford
I couldn't agree more. The proposal to replace truly affordable public housing units with a privately operated mixed income housing project is another step in the direction of privatizing what has been, and should remain, a totally public housing investment by the City and State of Massachusetts. Introducing the 'profit' element dictates that resources that would otherwise be dedicated to supporting the residents of public housing will be siphoned off to investors. Salem now represents the poster child for lip service to affordability while promoting 'luxury' rental property. Using the Metro Boston calculations for income levels bears no resemblance to Salem's population in need of affordable housing, which can only be provided by properly managed public housing, adequately funded by public resources. If the real problem with maintaining 'public housing' (as exemplified by Leefort Terrace), is the failure to adequately fund it by city, state and federal government, then the solution is not to privatize public housing, but to adequately fund it by those same government entities. 4 & 5 stories is an egregious affront to the Leefort Terrace residents and the abutting neighborhoods. When the Regeneris (sp) representatives stated 'this is what we heard' in summarizing their neighborhood conversations, it was clear to me that we weren't 'heard'.
Supported a comment by Rosemary P on Leefort Terrace 8 months, 2 weeks ago
Rosemary P
This building is far too large for the area, and before you say that we discussed it in March.... I was there in March. It seems that you didn't consider any of our feedback as the plans are still for a 4-5 story building (with the podium). There are sites being developed all over the city, accommodating huge numbers. The Fort Lee Terrace building site should be a 1-story site (with podium - so actually 2 stories) replacing the 50 affordable homes that are currently in existence, and perhaps a few more affordable homes. Additionally, the appearance and design of the building should be consistent with the residential style of the area. We do not need commercial-style buildings in a residential area. The project as proposed is entirely unwelcome by the residents of this community. Please consider how inappropriate this project is for the area.
Commented on Leefort Terrace 9 months, 1 week ago
There are two presently dominant legal issues that need to clarified: One, a recent coastal development ruling mentioned in the BOSTON GLOBE on April 2, 2021 in regard to developer Don Chiofaro and the Boston Harbor waterfront, determined that the “Baker administration overstepped its authority” in allowing the project to move forward. This brings in the legal validity of even developing Lee Fort because of its coastal location. Two, the legal position of Governor Baker’s appointment of Mayor Kimberley Driscoll to the Salem Housing Authority which makes her the only mayor in Massachusetts sitting on a city Housing Authority, has many legal issues including conflict of interest. This brings us to ask, whose idea was this? When did it occur? Who approached whom? Why weren’t Salem residents told at the beginning that ownership of these 2 acres in Salem on quiet Collins Cove will become part of the national construction company Beacon Community’s ownership portfolio? Who and why would anyone even entertain the idea of a private corporation taking responsibility for the welfare of the 50 plus honorable residents of Lee Fort Terrace? Why was it not dismissed out of hand at the outset?