To the Editor:
As a third-generation Hullonian, I would like to add my reaction to the letters written by the Hull Redevelopment Authority members on behalf of the townspeople who lost their homes on behalf of the proposed HRA redevelopment of this land in 1970. Fifty years later, and they still are trying to make Hull another Revere Beach – with more condos.
Hull has many infrastructure issues, from electricity to water and sewer upgrades, that the town does not focus on before allowing the changing of lot sizes for building more structures that cannot be utilized by the town’s services without upgrades to these services to maintain a proper influx of utilities.
The HRA lot should be given back to the town, and the HRA should be dissolved. These lots should continue to hold our annual bonfires and amusement rides and summer parking for the summer months. The revenue should be used for the infrastructure upgrades in town to better serve the town – paving of side streets and main roads and upgrades to the sewer plant and electric plant.
Fifty years is way too long for any committee to hold onto something that has been not properly fixated for the town to build on after they destroyed the townspeople’s homes and businesses. The HRA pays only $55,000 a year in taxes, equal to what five small property owners in Hull pay. The authority makes much more money off parking and renting out this space than ever having to put buildings up on this property again.
I just hope that the people of Hull get this land back from the HRA because we could use this money for so many other things.