“It just seems to make the neighborhood a little more transient,” he said.
But the number of apartment units falls within the town’s zoning ordinance for that area, Planning Director George Sioras said.
Danielle Steen lives close to the school building on Highland Avenue and worries about added traffic.
“There are way too many apartments and there will be too much traffic,” she said. “There are so many kids on that street, so many people have dogs. We don’t need more traffic.”
No tenants of the new complex will be allowed to park on Highland Avenue. Spofford agreed to write that condition into tenants’ agreements.
Town Administrator John Anderson urged Spofford to continue a relationship with neighbors and make sure information about the plans is forthcoming to those living nearby.
“The best neighbors talk to each other,” Anderson said. “I would encourage the dialogue to continue.”