Letter: Great Barr. board should withdraw project

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To the editor:

As a group of neighbors, we continue to be opposed to the Fulcrum project in Housatonic even though it has been "withdrawn without prejudice." If resubmitted and approved, Fulcrum would build a manufacturing operation to process marijuana it cultivates. The manufacturing and cultivation operation has no place within a residential district.

We are not opposed to marijuana products, just the location of the project. It belongs in an industrial zone where its only neighbors are other industries. We are also opposed for these reasons:

— The town of Great Barrington's independent study finds fault with the odor mitigation system.

— There are well over 300 persons opposed to this project, mostly from Housatonic and representing a substantial portion of eligible voters. There has been little support from town residents.

— We believe that property values surrounding the proposed project will decrease, offsetting the paltry $15,000 in new property taxes the proposed project will generate.

— We do not welcome the noise that will exist 24/7 during the growing, harvesting and processing season.

— We are concerned that the groundwater will be harmed by the effluent produced by the project (2 million gallons per year).

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— We do not welcome hazardous chemicals in our neighborhood.

— The proposed project is contrary to the established and approved Master Plan for Great Barrington, including Housatonic.

We are asking our Select Board to approve the withdrawal and continue to protect their constituents in Housatonic.

Elizabeth Berliner,

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Carol Diehl,

Denise and Trevor Forbes,

Angela Lomanto and John Nelson,

Susan Lord, MD,

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John Louw,

Carol McGlinchey,

Bettina Montano,

Cardinale Montano,

Jennifer Connor Shumsky,

Douglas D. Stephenson,

Lara Yaple,

Housatonic


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