BACAS plans to convert the Sacred Heart Church in Waterville and its property in our neighborhood from residential to commercial to create an event center, although The Elm event center recently opened on commercial College Avenue.
Your proposal runs counter to the goals set in Waterville’s City Comprehensive Plan for healthy, vibrant and safe neighborhoods. It doesn’t fit into our long-established, historical, quiet and contemplative residential area. The city council should do the right thing and say “no”.
It is disheartening that we neighbors have to deal with the negative baggage that the proposal brings with it. We do not want to reduce the quality of life we are used to, nor do we want to devalue investments in our houses. BACAS wants to come in and disturb our peace for their financial gain, but they don’t have the decency to look us in the eyes and talk to us.
Destroying the integrity of our neighborhood is not trend-setting. Neighbors don’t want to invite 300 strangers, 100 cars, open from 7 a.m. to midnight, weekend concerts and alcohol sales near the sanctuary of our homes every day. People who drink late at night and then drive away is not safe for everyone involved.
This business will affect the ecology of our neighborhood; Noise pollution from a hundred cars that come and go. Tailpipe emissions will affect air quality and add to our neighborhood’s carbon footprint.
It would be disrespectful to require neighbors to hear car engines start at midnight long after they have gone to bed. I am against this proposal, even if it was 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is wrong for the soul of our neighborhood.