I am writing in reference to the article in the Brentwood Press about the consideration of high-density retail/housing being suggested for the corner of Balfour Road and Concord Avenue.
I must admit I will be very much against any high-density residential units anywhere in the City of Brentwood. The traffic congestion within the city is in need of relief and the approval of such a project will just add to the problem.
The retail center would be much more beneficial to the city than high-density units and/or apartments. The suggested project would be in the back yards of the Summerset retirement community. As a sign of respect to our elders who moved to Brentwood for some peace and quiet, we owe it to them by not approving such a project in their own back yards.
The approval of such project will result in the following: Increased traffic on already busy streets; slow fire, paramedic and police response; increased level of noise and air pollution; possible increase in the already rising crime rate in the city; and decrease of the quality of life most current residents once wished to have by choosing the city of Brentwood as their home.
I believe, along with many residents of Brentwood, that the approval of the HUD housing units across the street from the developing Streets of Brentwood retail complex is damaging enough. We wish to limit the rising crime rate in our city; we do not wish to invite more crime into our city that has been recently vandalized and infested with undesirables. We just don't have the fire, police and paramedic ability to handle such rise in criminal behavior.
To approve such a project will have a negative impact on the quality of life. We can concentrate on increased business and or industry, but please, no more housing. Plenty of projects have been approved so far and those alone will cause a headache in due time.