Letter writers Liz Semmens and Aron VanDelft have a skewed view of why there is opposition to rezoning 70 Arlington Drive and developing it with Apollo Homes and Habitat for Humanity.
The possibility of having a smaller greenspace to use (Attwood Park) is only one of five key concerns fuelling current arguments. In addition to the rezoning of the parcel, residents have voiced concerns equally about noise, property values, school population and technical requirements. I would like to suggest to these respondents that the issue is multifaceted and is not about getting or keeping the parcel as a “private park.”
By the way, are you suggesting that I’m not supposed to use parks, greenspaces, sidewalks and all other forms of public space except those in my neighbourhood? The only signs I’ve seen posted indicate one’s responsibility to pick up after poochie.
One must take on the perspective of the Akinsdale resident. This past summer, the neighbourhood has received road improvements in the form of grinding and paving, planting new trees, coupled with air and noise pollution from the overpass pilings being pounded. Suggesting “more construction” — whatever that may be — is probably going to result in a subconscious ‘nay’ vote. I would like to impress that there is currently an assisted seniors’ living building with 114 units poised to open its doors soon.
Others in St. Albert seem to be making Akinsdale residents out to be intolerant. For myself, I feel pride of ownership and belief that our homes, streets and schools can be better when we’re no longer here. The people of Akinsdale are standing up for the neighbourhood that they want. If all owners simply gave up and were “passive” about all development, any pride would cease to exist and our neighbourhood would go to waste.
Phebe Eglauer, St. Albert