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Unpopular Cary project

Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Recently, the village of Cary approved a 60-unit, low-income apartment complex adjacent to the Oak Knoll apartments on First Avenue, and Cary officials have acted unethically in an effort to shove this unpopular project through as quickly as possible.

Four days prior to a recent village board meeting to discuss the project, Mayor Mark Kownick encouraged private meetings between the trustees and Pedcor, the development company. Why did Kownick encourage them to meet in private? Why couldn’t the Cary citizens be a part of these meetings?

When residents were finally given a chance to speak at the public hearing, Kownick limited individual comments to three minutes each. Who exactly is Kownick representing if Pedcor can have private meetings with trustees and Cary citizens are given three minutes to voice their concerns? 

Additionally, Trustee Bruce Kaplan is the listing agent on the sale of the land and will personally profit if the project is approved.. While he did abstain from public meetings discussing the matter and from voting, Trustee Karen Lukasik said that Kaplan spoke to her about the project and defended the development. If he were truly abstaining from the issue, why did he not only discuss but defend the project with another voting member of the board?

Lukasik also said that coming into the public hearing on the project, all but two of the voters had already made up their minds on the project without hearing any of the objections of the neighbors. How is this a representation of the citizens if they won’t even listen to concerns?

Joel Neely

Cary

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