Dear Members of the Old Village Association,
Upon your return this summer you will be greeted by a brand new Mitchell River Bridge. Although the plans will not be entirely implemented, it will be open to vehicular and nautical traffic by the end of June. We appreciate the town's efforts to expedite the opening for our residents as well as our many visitors.
The building of Water Street steps has begun and the stairs should be installed in a few weeks. We are thrilled that this project is going forward and are also very aware of the neighbors' concerns about increased parking and traffic. We trust that the signs will be heeded and only pedestrians will take advantage of this new addition to our neighborhood.
We thank you for your support of the OVA's opposition to the partial demolition of the Apple Cottage and the transferring of coverage to the main house. Unfortunately your letters to the ZBA were mentioned by author and position but not read, which I feel put the OVA at a distinct disadvantage at the hearing. Input from neighbors and abutters is usually taken seriously and should play an important role in deliberations. While we did not prevail, the variance that was granted leaves 16 feet of the existing cottage which will be used as a shed. We plan to have further conversations with the Chatham Historical Commission and the Cape Cod Commission in order to gain a better understanding of the seemingly changing guidelines of the National Historic District and will continue to try to find ways to maintain and protect the character of the Old Village.
Because the appeal is on-going between Boston and Philadelphia, the Avis Chase Cottages will unfortunately be closed this summer. An afternoon event at the Atwood House is being planned in lieu of meeting at The Porches.
The Annual Meeting is scheduled for August 29th at 5:30 at the Chatham Beach and Tennis Club. Please attend and hear John Whelan speak about the history of the iconic Eldredge Garage.
We all look forward to another wonderful summer and welcome back our many neighbors. As always, I value and encourage your comments and suggestions.