Your editorial (Apartments could add a lot to city, April 30) in favor of the apartment complex off Catawba Road as being a good thing for Havelock was extremely disturbing for me and probably for other Westbrooke residents.


Your editorial (Apartments could add a lot to city, April 30) in favor of the apartment complex off Catawba Road as being a good thing for Havelock was extremely disturbing for me and probably for other Westbrooke residents.



I have lived here since 1986. When we moved here, this was a nice quiet suburb near a good elementary school. We could take bike rides and we could walk with the children, but we have seen more and more development that has taken us from being a good family neighborhood into an area with a lot of congestion.



When I moved here, there was no Walmart. The Westbrooke Shopping Center had a Winn Dixie and was full of nice businesses, including a small CVS, a dress shop (Cato), a Christian book store, a bakery, etc. Catawba Road was only busy when traffic was going in and out through the back gate to the base. With the advent of Walmart, and the constant development, our area is no longer as quiet and enjoyable a place to live. Right now, when I try to make a turn onto Catawba from Walmart (and the new CVS), I have to be very alert to traffic coming from four directions - from the intersection to U.S. 70, from people who are turning left into Walmart, from people turning from the Baldree’s or Westbrooke Shopping Center onto Catawba, and from people coming from the direction of Arthur Edwards Elementary. I can only imagine how much more difficult navigating through this will become once there is a large residential complex behind Walmart. I can only imagine how many more traffic accidents may occur. I can only imagine how many more frustrated drivers will try to circle through the residential streets of Westbrook to escape Catawba Road by going out the other exit to U.S. 70.



I don’t understand why we who were here first have to lose the enjoyment of our properties and our homes for the profit of a large developer. The idea that having to feed and house a bunch of construction workers is a good thing for Havelock is ridiculous. That situation is temporary. What about how all this construction is going to affect us and our neighborhood? How is it going to affect our property values? What kind of environmental effects will it cause? After Walmart went in, I noticed that Manchester Road was more prone to flooding after heavy rains. Walmart’s construction required great amounts of fill and landscape alteration before it was built. Besides increased traffic, noise and potential overcrowding of our school, what kind of environmental effect will a complex of 90 or so buildings have for our neighborhood?



Angela Menninger, Havelock



Editor’s note: The current plans call for 72 units in nine buildings.