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Rindge doesn’t need HUD money

To the editor:

I would like to thank all Rindge residents who came to the meeting this past Tuesday. I was truly humbled by the response. It showed that you really do care, and do not want the Plan NH Charrette, aka, West Rindge Revitalization Project to continue.

We feel the same. It is bad for the town. A mistake was made ­— the officials involved did not read the small print- we pointed it out. There is no excuse to not do the right thing.

Ms. McKummings stated in an interview with Ledger-Transcript reporter Elodie Reed, that “no housing is being funded by this grant.” That is true. The problem is, in moving forward with this plan, there is a housing aspect to this plan which will involve grants from HUD. This is what we don’t want. A HUD housing project never ends up being what is promised.

We have the proof of that next door. Ask any Jaffrey resident what happened at the Mill apartments. It happens everywhere. When a developer cannot fill enough “medium income” units, they lose money. They have to take whoever they can to fill the empty units. This always ends up being low income, government subsidized tenants. It is a guaranteed pay check for the developer.

When HUD is involved, they will control how many units will be involved. Do we want that? There are so many other elements of this plan that are scary. It’s just not being able to control the housing aspect, and the higher crime rates and school taxes that come with it, but do we need more stores? There are already many commercial spaces empty in town.

Funding of sewer, water, and highway reconfiguration are also mentioned in the Charrette. Look, we believe the officials have the best interest for the town in their hearts. Generally they do a good job. We just feel they missed the mark on this one, and made a mistake. Potentially, a very dangerous mistake. The vast majority believes this. Do the right thing Select Board. Send the money back. That is what the people want.

Larry Cleveland


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