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20200809 Simpson Demolition Correspondence 12-8-20 (2) To: Saratoga Design Review Committee (jennifer.merriman�saratoga-s�gs.ora From: Elizabeth Howe resident 71 Phila St Saratoga Springs, manager of 71 Phila Llc Date: December 8, 2020 Re: 12/9/2020 Design Review Committee agenda item On Wednesday October 27, 2004 I appeared in a Zoning Board of Appeals mtg with many of my neighbors regarding a variance application submitted for 65 and 69 Phila St. The meeting took place 3 days after a massive house-fire at my home on Phila St. Eight months later through no small effort my home was back together and fully occupied because, when you buy a home in historic neighborhoods preserving history is what you do. It is the whole point. It is WHY people choose to live there; to preserve, enjoy, and participate in the long history of a place. It is a personal and communal investment of time, energy, money and respect. I've lived next to the Simpspns' neglected structures since 1999. I moved into 71 Phila St as a tenant when 69 Phila, the adjacent red brick house, was empty but full of promise (and pigeons). 65 Phila St, the wooden white house another door down, still stirred with summertime visitors and welcome scents of aromatic cooking. I purchased the house at 71 Phila with my partner in 2003 and when that partnership dissolved I purchased the property yet again in a buyout. In that Zoning Board of Appeals meeting back in 2004 a member of the board stated, "The applicant has come before this board in the past seeking variances and offering promises with no results...they were also given area and use variances, but nothing was done on the property after the applicant came before us. Records will show in April 1996 and in April 2002 extensions were granted to continue to start work...lt has taken over 2 years to correct five items out of fifteen identified building code violations". Those quotes reflect some of the general issues that our neighborhood and city boards have dealt with since well before I moved to Phila St in 1999 and which continue in-kind to today. More specifically I'll point out an error in the Simpsons plans: I've submitted a Tommell &Associates survey from just before my initial purchase in 2003. The easement shown on the survey provides 69 Phila St with partial access on the west and north portion of my driveway. Full access is not granted to them from Phila St. however they've drawn full use of my land into their current (and past) plans. I've made many verbal and written efforts to discuss and resolve all misunderstandings and interpretations of an 1800s easement with the Simpsons. I reached out with generous easement resolution offers after Helen granted full use of my driveway to a neighbor who hit my house with an oversized truck. I've agreed, through my attorney and in direct communication with potential buyers, to collaborate on a reasonable resolution of all easement related issues. All potential buyers have been unable to negotiate a purchase and my efforts to work with the Simpsons have to date been met with silence. I've since revoked several very generous offers to the Simpsons. For the reasons stated above, I ask that you deny the plans presented. I also hope that all avenues available be used to resolve this pervasive, long-standing act of demolition by neglect in the City of Health, History and Horses. Respectfully, Liz Howe Lands Now or Formerly of Land�Now or BRYCE F. AND SUSAN S. Formery or BASTIAPJ � DOROTIIY TURLEY BOOY 1 257 Or DEEDS, � a001�I O I 2 OF DFFDS. 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