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Letter: Too small

The proposed change to the Montague zoning bylaws to reduce the minimum size of apartments has nothing to do with NIMBY, the quality developer of the Montague Center School or Montague-Turners class warfare.

It has everything to do with quality of living space and density of all neighborhoods in the town. This isn’t about Montague Center — the zoning proposal affects the entire town. You want 500-square-foot apartments? According to the Montague Board of Assessors’ definition of finished space in some prime developable properties in town, there could be 23 apartments at Town Hall, 46 at the Franklin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority offices, 16 at the Elks Lodge, 13 at the Central Street School, 22 at the Highway Garage (when it moves to Turnpike Road), 38 apartments at the Colle Building, 41 at Sunrise Terrace, and of course, 354 apartments at the Strathmore Building.

500 square feet is really, really small. It’s 20-by-25-feet. A bed, dresser, couch, table, kitchen and bathroom. Most apartments in NYC are bigger than that. Think, town meeting members, is this really what you want for your town?



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