I am writing to express my many concerns regarding the Trinity Hall Development.

Trinity Hall is a commercial enterprise and will bring to our neighborhood all of the communal, societal and environmental harm that such enterprises do.

The picture below clearly reflects what this development would do to our community.

trinity hall development

Let’s project out some of the many terrible impacts this will have on our neighborhood.

The Trinity Hall Development will increase the volume of:

School buses and other school vehicles
Student cars and
Parent drop off vehicles
Evening noise and light pollution.
Daily noise and pollution from the school’s physical plant.

and

Possibly necessitate:

1. the widening of parts of Chapel Hill to install shoulders, the land for which will be taken from
existing landowners on Chapel Hill Road using Eminent Domain Laws.

2. the installation of traffic lights at the intersections of Chapel Hill and Kings Highway, and
Sleepy Hollow and Chapel Hill AND

a. Definitely at the school’s main entrance on Chapel Hill itself.

The Trinity Hall Development will decrease the land values surrounding it dramatically, financially devastating families already hard hit by the down turn in the real estate markets the past 6 years.

What are some of the direct and unacceptable impacts on our public school attending children?

1. The logistics for our local public schools' bus stops on Chapel Hill AND our buses that use Chapel Hill to bring our kids to school will have to be overhauled.

a. Bus Ride LENGTHS will increase for our students boarding on Chapel Hill and using Chapel Hill Road on their bus rides.

i. This means earlier boarding times for our children.

2. Increased air and noise pollution along the entire corridor.

3. Increased physical DANGER to our bus riding public school children

Money will be taken in increased taxes from the students’ parents’ savings for construction projects. They will be forced to bear these charges as the school is a nonprofit which does not pay real estate taxes. It will have zero responsibility financially for these multimillion dollar improvements that will be necessary, now and ad infinitum. These funds should be going towards OUR students’ education, and not funding the education of strangers who are not contributing to our community.

There are enough private schools in the area to service the needs of our community. From a simple zoning and planning perspective alone, this project should be rejected as there is ample township real estate dedicated to this “Business Purpose.”

Only if there was a true and incontestable direct community need for such a large commercial operation in the heart of our neighborhood, should such a land, family and way of life altering project be considered.

That is clearly not the case. The opposite is true. Thank you for your time.


Sincerely,
Christopher R. Whalen, CPA
Concerned Parent and Chapel Hill Resident