Thank you for the very interesting article by Scott Bass ("Windsor Farms Braces for Brouhaha," Street Talk, Sept. 13). I would expect that real estate developers, both local and out-of-town, are beginning to salivate at the possibility of buying this prime 4.4-acre parcel in the tony and affluent neighborhood of Windsor Farms.
For the real estate developers, here is a marvelous opportunity to parcel out the land and bulldoze the old Quincy Cole house. Subsequently, as many as possible upscale, multistory condominiums will be built and sold at an obscene profit.
I would expect that the Windsor Farms Homeowners Association is alerting its membership to vigorously participate in the bidding process when the Windsor House property comes up for sale. There are approximately 488 homes in the Windsor Farms community, and one would hope that in this affluent neighborhood there would be the buying power to become a serious bidder.
Some community-use activities that come to mind would be: senior-citizen gathering place, outdoor play area for young children, a room or rooms set aside for teenagers or adolescents with a billiard table(s) and perhaps (God forbid) some video games, a general meeting room for business functions of the Windsor Farms Home Owners Association, and the list goes on.
My advice to the Windsor Farms folks is to quit whining and purchase the old Quincy Cole house and its lovely acreage. Don't let some real estate developer or consortium pounce on this gem and debauch your lovely neighborhood by shoehorning a bunch of insipid condominiums into your community.
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