As a resident of The Spruces, I have always believed the plan to relocate us to higher ground was a logical decision.
From the onset, we have faced opposition over where that relocation site would or should be. As months have come and gone, many have given up hope that there will ever be housing built for any of us at the end of the two-year period. I remind myself daily to remain positive about housing as I still believe strongly that relocation is necessary and that remaining in a flood zone is not in our best interests.
But now with the only two properties that seemed to be the best choices for homes to be built being put on the shelf again, I am saddened to admit that single-dwelling homes will not be in our near future in Williamstown, and for many people, even remaining in Williamstown will not be possible.
My home is not a mansion or worth thousands of dollars, but it is still my home, not just a metal box. For some people, this is the closest thing we will ever have again to a single-dwelling home. It may not seem like a lot to others, but to many, being able to walk out in a yard to pick a flower or mow your own lawn or have your own garden is what keeps them active and what having a home is about.
I don’t want to be back in a place where I can hear my neighbors talking on the other side of a wall or someone below me playing music too loud. So I have trouble understanding how I should give up my home that I bought to live in so I could have a little privacy to go reside in an apartment because even with all the land in Williamstown that is open space, it has become evident to me that to some, all I am worthy of is an apartment if I chose to remain in Williamstown.
The grant will continue and Morgan will hand over the park to the town, which I agree is the right thing to do, but please do not lose track during all of this of who suffers most daily with the turmoil going on: The residents of the park. Someone has to step in and say enough is enough. Where will these people be in two years? Where is the housing going to be? Because at this point, I see no light at the end of my tunnel.