Letter: the venture would deliver extra undesirable site visitors
Posted 7:29 PM Friday, August 12, 2022
To the writer:
My husband and I are usually not “born and bred” Suffolkians. We’re from rural areas exterior of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and moved our younger household to Virginia in 1986 when metal mills failed inflicting catastrophic job loss in our cities.
Companies closed and faculty censuses dropped as folks moved out of the realm to help their households, and we discover ourselves in that place too. A lot of the realm has but to be recovered.
After a number of interviews and presents of instructing positions for Rick, we determined that he would settle for the one with Suffolk Public Faculties and transfer our household to Virginia. We knew we wished to reside in Suffolk because it reminded us of the place we grew up and we wished our youngsters to have the identical expertise of rural and group life. At first we could not discover lodging in Suffolk so we rented an condo in Churchland. We moved to central Suffolk in 1989, the place we lived till we had been supplied to lease a cottage on Mockingbird Lane in 1992.
We cherished having the ability to transfer to the nation, and by that point had made many good pals, discovered a beautiful church household, grow to be an lively a part of the group, and thought of Suffolk our dwelling away from dwelling.
In 1999, we constructed our home on Cherokee Drive in Russell Level and have lived there ever since. A beautiful neighborhood with nice neighbors, it has been all the things we wished. My mother and father moved from Pennsylvania to us in 2002 because of failing well being, and are buried within the Albert G. Horton, Jr. Veterans Cemetery.
Rick retired from Suffolk Public Faculties in 2015 after instructing artwork training at Robertson, Holland, and Southwestern Elementary Faculties, and Nansemond River Excessive College. Our three kids graduated from NRHS. We love right here. We help native companies, organizations, museums, and the few leisure alternatives obtainable.
Now we have seen many modifications in Suffolk through the years that we have now lived right here. Some good, some not so good, and now the residents of Suffolk are in search of an unpleasant warehouse enlargement on the important entrances to Suffolk, a few of that are unoccupied. I used to be unable to attend the Metropolis Council assembly on August third, however I heard all of the feedback concerning the Port 460 proposal on YouTube. Rick and I additionally attended the Matan assembly on August four, the place Suffolk residents raised many legitimate feedback and issues, however essentially the most recurring concern appeared to be concerning the results on our metropolis’s site visitors. I want to add our issues to these expressed.
It is no secret that US 58 and US 460 are harmful roads to journey on. A visit down US 460 has grow to be a “white knuckle” journey if you happen to journey any distance.
Summer time site visitors is even heavier as folks journey by means of our space on their option to and from their Outer Banks holidays to keep away from our congested bridge tunnels. We even have households from many areas of Virginia and North Carolina who journey right here to bury their family members within the Veterans Cemetery and return to pay their respects. Add to all that the tractor trailers which might be infamous for flashing lights on US 460, and it is undoubtedly a recipe for catastrophe of monstrous proportions.
I’ve misplaced depend of the variety of occasions I’d have been hit on the intersection of Lake Prince and US 460 if I hadn’t hesitated a number of moments after my gentle turned inexperienced, as a result of vans had been skipping the sunshine. This has occurred to each member of my household, and I’m positive we’re not the one ones who’ve skilled this terrifying scenario. And now we’re being requested to just accept a major improve within the variety of vans on our roads. Extreme!
It’s our hope that the residents of Suffolk shouldn’t have to “take one for the state” and that this rezoning imposes on us in opposition to our needs. Certainly extra helpful, enticing and sensible methods could be discovered to develop this lovely property that will be helpful to our metropolis and its residents. I ask you to not betray the religion and belief that was positioned in you whenever you had been elected to Metropolis Council. His resolution will say so much to the residents. Thanks for the chance to specific our opinions.