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Hotel development betrays city planning
I am opposed to the hotel development on the Wyrsch property at exit 31. I am a Forster Woods resident, and I agree with my neighbors when they say that the benefit of a new hotel does not justify the many negative impacts to our neighborhood.
It is unfortunate that other North Bend citizens seem to have written off our objections as merely NIMBY-ism, and miss the bigger issue — the impact of this development to the face and character of our city.
I choose to live in North Bend because of its unique hometown character, and the natural beauty that surrounds it. This character has been preserved up to this point by wise planning and reasonable limits on growth. The proposed development at exit 31 betrays all previous planning by extending the commercial district across I-90, impacting a residential area, and creating a visual blight. It makes no sense whatsoever to take such an extreme action when a hotel could be accommodated on existing property in the current commercial district.
Our city leaders have demonstrated in the past their ability to “find a way” when faced with a difficult issue, and I expect them to apply the same resolve to the hotel issue. I believe we will all lose if they choose to opt for the easy solution.
Terry D. Cox