I attended the online meeting on June 7 outlining the plans for the proposed new Elmwood School located next to the Marathon School on Hayden Rowe Street — a location behind the Start Line Brewery. I don’t believe many in this neighborhood are aware of the impact this new school is going to create not only on traffic but property values. Besides this new school proposal, it appears that a turning lane will be needed from the 147 Hayden Rowe proposed road and this will run past several homes to the Marathon School. It appears that at least 12 feet of land will be required to implement this, and that will adversely affect these homes (mine at 139 Hayden Rowe as one of them). So now we have the town building another school on wetlands, and I don’t think residents realize that when you start planning a three-wing, three-story school with parking lots, roads, fields, etc., where this water is going. Wintertime snowplowing is going to push all that snow into these wetlands, and when that melts, there will be flooding. At this meeting, we were told that a traffic study was done showing that traffic is heaviest at 6 a.m. and then again around 5 p.m. I don’t know where this study was done, but it certainly wasn’t done from my driveway. I think anyone living on Hayden Rowe will inform you that traffic is bottlenecked from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. and again from 2:30 p.m. until 6 or 6:30 p.m. I believe they are considering a traffic light at the Marathon School entrance. That would probably save the life of any crossing guard willing to stand out there directing traffic, but it would only add to the amount of traffic already backed up on Hayden Rowe. I don’t see how anyone coming out of Chamberlain Street would be able to negotiate a left turn. I think this would divert a lot of traffic into the Charlesview Estates area in order to avoid the Hayden Rowe area, especially if they ever connect Whalen Road to Chamberlain Street. They insisted that this new impressively large school isn’t the Taj Mahal, but it’s damn close. Something of this magnitude, besides the additional cost of moving telephone poles, mailboxes, fences, trees, etc., is going to significantly increase our real estate taxes.
— Ellen Holmes, Hopkinton
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