To the Editor:

I would like to know what we are trying to accomplish by developing the post office plaza.  Is it low-income housing?  (And if so, are we legally required to do so?)  Is it enhanced public space?  (None of the suggestions I have seen would make downtown Chatham a more gracious and inviting space.)  Is it ratables, i.e. commercial space?  (Is there a demand for such space?) 

What I have seen so far appears to be a windfall for developers with no advantage to the Borough and a decided financial and quality of life disadvantage to those who live in close proximity to the post office plaza.  (In the interests of disclosure, I do not live in close proximity.) 

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I call upon the Mayor and our Council in their deliberations to put the rational interest of existing Chatham residents first.

Elizabeth Gasser

Chatham