Twenty years ago Manchester had a farm with an especially beautiful plateau and a large grove of strong majestic sugar maple trees. Locals bought the 44 acres and 'Moonridge' was developed at great sacrifice to the sugar maples. At least the prime agriculture plateau remained. a few years ago the zoning of the field and remaining acreage was changed.
Now we have a middle East hotel, Turkish Spa, restaurant, parking lot and rug storage center to be built on a bulldozed flattened plateau.
At the town hearing on Sept. 25, one supporter stated "there's no wildlife there." Another brought photos of deer, turkey, raccoons, fox, bobcat, skunk, bear and a sighting of a moose. Birds and butterflies, red-tailed hawk live and feed off the land. Their habitat will vanish so foreigners can be pampered, massaged and relax at the spa enjoying the view an what's left of nature.
Might this football field sized hotel complex put small motels and inns out of business? Maybe our longtime resident motel owners will lose their "habitat" too.
We are told this project will use local contractors and building supplies.
It will offer hundreds of jobs for veterans and other locals. It will have no impact on our local motel and inns but will cater to Middle East tourists. Words, pleasing words to get approval. Twenty years ago we neighbors were appeased by being told a horse farm would be there.