Fox Hill – to be or not to be-
I am in support of the application to permit a Special Exemption to the Zoning.
My wife has taught at CHRHS for several years and we are taxpaying resident of Camden Maine.
I have summarized the discussion points - and I have taken liberty, borrowing topics and comments from others who have spoken out on this debate-
Pro’s & Con’s of a Private Residential Treatment Facility
Building & Grounds:
Pro- Puts the estate as it exists today, back to its highest and best use, rebuilding and preserving the historic buildings for years to come.
Con- It should remain a “Private Residence”
Pro- Will house between 8-14 Patients (without use of a car), staff of up to 30 to be a mix of live in- along with laundry & food service vehicles-which would logically use Chestnut Street.
Con- Bay View Street was not built for that type of traffic.
Pro- Owners are “For Profit” and not a “Non Profit”- Town Property Tax paid by owners $100,000.00 per year, and the entire positive economic impact to local businesses throughout Maine to be approx $3,500,000.00.
Con- Business plans to be Profitable and Investors hope to receive a dividend.
Pro- Potential of being the best residential treatment center in the country- to be run by McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatry affiliate of Harvard Medical School, ranked #1 in America in its field.
Con- Do you want a drug and alcohol rehab center in your neighborhood?
Pro- 20-30 Full Time “Year Round” New Jobs –highlighted and slated to be a world renowned team of professionals
Cons- Guess you could again say-- Employees will use Chestnut & Bay View Street commuting
Pro-This project offers the town and the community far more in the way of benefits and is the very reason that amendments to zoning should be considered on a case by case basis. The Camden Zoning Ordinance- states as part of its purpose”to foster a pattern of development that respects both villages and the rural landscape while discouraging "sprawl".
Con- Planning Board is helping the “Secret Investors” shape & re-word the proposal to make it more favorable for submittal to a town vote.
Pro- McLean Hospital plans to jointly developed outreach programs and partnerships with local health care agencies. Present plans are already in the works to include a Harvard expert on Teen Suicide Prevention to speak at the Strom.
Con- Drug pushers and paparazzi will swarm in, following their former clients.
My wife & I raised our three children in Camden-
I have been following this debate from away- via online postings and news article. I have viewed the related Planning Committee Meetings videos. I am away due to the lack of work – and hope to return soon to a changed economy in the Midcoast. I would like my children to be able to live and raise their families in a thriving economic rebound in Camden. Its time to turn all the positive “Planning” into a simple action.
How can you do one thing this week- this day- to start Camden back towards a “thriving” economic community?
Please- come make yourself heard tonight at the Opera House – Thursday 5:30PM.
Washington St, Camden Maine