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Tall Timbers dialogue continues

But North River resident Phil Santasiero said he was concerned that the traffic impact of the development would spread throughout the hamlet.

The traffic wont just be on this road but throughout the entire town, Santasiero said. I can envision buses bringing people to the hotel... A project this size is going to affect this town quite substantially.

River Road resident Evelyn Greene said shes concerned about the projects impact on the environment.

There are some wonderful wild flowers on the property, Greene said. ...I would like to know that area is going to be protected.

Lemery told the Mondays gathering that his client is eager to listen to concerns and address them. The more public comment, the better, he said.

The more public comment we hear the more opportunity to address the concerns expressed, he said. Thats a positive thing.

Lemery likened the process to that of the massive Luther Forest project in Malta in which he represented the developer through a series of several dozen public hearings that allowed issues to be addressed and ultimately led to a project that was approved.

We want to be good neighbors, Lemery said. Were not trying to make this adversarial. We want to address these concerns.

Discussion of the project will continue as the Johnsburg Zoning Board of Appeals takes up a request for Tall Timbers at its Aug. 6 meeting and the Planning Board continues its review of the project at its Aug. 20 meeting.

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