Letter to the Editor: Pollard Station should not be constructed
W. Dan Fitchand#8217;s July 22 letter to the Sierra Sun contained misinformation regarding the proposed Pollard Station project. After reviewing the 92-page initial study, one thing is very clear. This project is not and#8220;in accordance with town needs and specifications,and#8221; as Fitch states.
In fact, the document contains pages of changes that are required to the Hilltop Master Plan, plus pages of mitigations that would be necessary. The Hilltop Master Plan was well-thought out and took eight years of community input and involvement to create. This plan should not be changed for an investor to build a project that is far outside its scope.
Mr. Fitch also claims that many items in Mr. Fisherand#8217;s June 24 letter to the Sierra Sun are out of date. My review of the document does not indicate anything is out of date. I understand that the proposed project is 40 percent smaller than the initial proposed project; however, at 76,689 sq. ft., it is much too large, just as Mr. Fisher states. It would tower over the surrounding residential buildings, as well as create countless other impacts detailed in the initial study, including the removal of roughly 58 percent of the mature trees from the site.
Smaller buildings, which would be in accordance with the Hilltop Master Plan, would not necessitate the removal of nearly as many trees.
This project should not be constructed because it is not even close to being in accordance with the Hilltop Master Plan, which took years of careful planning and community-wide input to create. The voices of all who spent hours upon hours creating the plan will be ignored if this project proceeds in its current form.