Thursday, August 29, 2013
Whose vision for Lynn Township?
My farm was then described as having the odor of mold and mildew [about the house] . . . badly damaged by water and close to collapse after winds ripped off half the roof last spring. . . The roof and timbers flipped over the house and fell into the yard where they lie today (1990). Plastic milk jugs filled with green rain water dot the floors.
We bought the place a few years later. My childhood farm, the Kistler Homestead, stood next door.
Our project to restore this home took about 10 years. For a video of the project (shoring up the home and foundation as it neared collapse) go here. For a view of the farm today, go here
Today the house stands as one of the more unique architectural examples in the Kistler Valley, the only full 19th century 3 story in the area. The farm is fully restored and back into production, where most would have simply torn it down. This was one of just four area farms restored by me or my family.
I'm put off by public officials who think progress, the answer to all our ills, is to encourage more growth, building and development without any consideration to the impacts upon our community, traffic, environment and yes, our even history. Let's tear down our past and ruin our future!
As noted by Ron Beitler, there is a difference between "progress" and balancing that "progress" with maintaining a communities character and growing in a way that preserves quality of life. These farms are important to our community. Once gone, they are gone forever.
That pro-development clan should come forth with their plan for traffic mitigation, storm water impacts, public safety and yes, open space preservation, before trying again to rezone pappy's land lest the public be forced to subsidize those impacts again. Anything less is not about our community! No, I fear its about them!