During a back and forth between BMG’s BrooklineTom and another blogger concerning the Middlesex Fells development grab Tom said the following:
So you agree that Woodland Road is already choked. If it’s already choked, then more traffic won’t worsen it. You’ve repeated that “historical use of the roadway is important” multiple times, but you haven’t said how or why.
On top of his bizarro land logic (“more traffic won’t worsen it”) Tom, who calls him self a “Lifelong radical/progressive Democrat and activist” may have a misunderstanding of the slime ball moves that went on here.
According to the developer’s first application in 2001, when the hospital was in full swing years before it had 2,150 traffic visitors a day. That number is consistent with the use of a 200 bed hospital with emergency room, a church, and a nursing home; and the fact that it had parking spaces for less then 700 vehicles.
The new project, according to this plan, would almost double the daily traffic on Woodland Road and increase four fold the trips made to the hospital site, A very high percentage of these trips will be during rush hours. This considerable increase in traffic required re-construction of Woodland Road which required approval of the state.
On the second application the developers changed the number from 2,150 to 7000+ car trips a day to the hospital when opened years ago.
By changing the number the developers were able to say they will not be adding daily traffic trips to what the hospital had when it was in full operation. Therefore, according to the developers there will not be needed any changes on the roadway so permits are not required.
And after years of fiddling with the numbers and answering lawsuits the developers got the Patrick Administration to use a blind eye when examining this project.
There is overwhelming evidence to cause reasonable people to be highly suspicions of accuracy of the numbers used b the developers to justify their position.
Perhaps I am wrong and BrooklineTom or someone from the Patrick Administration can enlighten us.