I, the undersigend oppose Fisher College's proposed expansion plans.
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Bella Ertik, United States1 year ago Comments: I’m opposed to Fisher’s expansion on Back Bay. Here are the main reasons: • Basic civil rights: The permanent residents and the Fisher College share a place on Back Bay, Beacon street in particular. The expansion of the college should not be a unilateral decision of the Fisher college authorities. Permanent residents’ rights should be respected and their needs should be taken into account. • College needs: the college is expanding and will continue to do so. Additional 48 new dorms will not dramatically improve the dorm situation, as overall college needs are definitely bigger. Even if this would temporary improve the current situation, the college will need more in the near future. Allowing just one other building to be erected would present opportunity and means to continue expanding in the area, not only for the College but other student-oriented small businesses as well. Evidently, Back Bay area cannot expand. Therefore, the college should solve this problem by looking for a better solution (e.g. bigger and modern dorms in other parts of the city which are still able to accommodate more than 100 students • The quality of life of the permanent residents is already affected and will be more affected with the expansion of the college: o Neighborhood: Equilibrium of peaceful and respectful cohabitation of the permanent residents of Beacon street and students from the Fisher college is already broken. These students stay in dormitories temporarily, while the rest of us have made decisions to permanently reside in this neighborhood. We don’t want to come home and feel as if we reside on the student campus. We already feel this way as a community, and we don’t want this situation to worsen. o Noise level: There is currently a problem with students on the streets, walking in groups, chatting, laughing, drinking celebrating etc. This is acceptable in a campus environment, but Back Bay neighborhood is not that. We cannot live with open windows, even with closed windows it is not always calm and therefore it becomes difficult to rest or work from home during the day or night. Assuming an increased student presence, the noise level would only increase and further impose on the pre-existing residents. o Lack of parking: Other streets have parking places for the permanent residents. We have parking meters along the street. It is already difficult to bring home food, furniture, any heavy bags etc. Additionally, there is no place for handicapped people to park. Aside from the students who will likely use more parking, there are also staff to worry about. All buildings and residencies that cater to students require maintenance, custodial staff, food, equipment, repairs. These additional cars and people should also be taken into consideration. • The value of the properties: the value of our houses will be affected as well, as no one would want to live on the student campus. It must be kept in mind that in purchasing these homes we MADE A CHOICE regarding the specific neighborhood we wish to reside in, and the specific environment and atmosphere we want to be part of. Imposing on the formed community of Back Bay would wear and tear the fabric of what this neighborhood means and the environment we have created through change. To accommodate more students, there would be cheaper businesses and low-income services. The values of homes will certainly decrease. Therefore, there are other circumstances to consider. What if some of us lose job, became bankrupt or ill or handicapped? We will be completely ruined with the inability to sell our properties at least at the price we bought them, not to mention that it would be even more difficult to live in the environment of such a neighborhood.
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