To The Daily Sun,
If you love Belknap Point Road "As-Is," vote "No" on Article 22. A "No" vote on Gilford Warrant Article 22 on March 14 will preserve some Kimball Castle staircase remnants. Also, a "No" vote on Article 22 in Gilford next week will prevent the further desecration of The Kimball Castle Legacy and the pristine strip of land that separates Belknap Point Road from Route 11 near the Broadview Condominiums at 153 Belknap Point Road. We need to put a lock on this historical section of Lockes Hill Road.
When one turns onto the intersection of Scenic Drive and Belknap Point Road from Route 11 (Lakeshore Road) they can go right and be on Scenic Drive or left to enter Belknap Point Road. If one travels/walks/bikes down Belknap Point Road, to the left side they enjoy a pristine strip of unmolested, historic land that separates Route 11 and Belknap Point Road. The grand Lincoln Cottage is located on the left side of Belknap Point Road a little further northwest and has a direct connection to the historic value of this Gilford Road. Many may not know the history, but Alfred Varnum Lincoln, creator of the original Lincoln Cottage in 1897, donated the Lincoln Park to the town of Gilford and once owned almost all of Belknap Point.
A.V. Lincoln worked with Benjamin Kimball to secure the easements for the Lakeshore Railroad. Historic steps that once lead all the way to the Kimball Castle are located on this parcel of land that this article proposes to change the use of. This would change the landscape and complexion of Belknap Point Road dramatically in the near future if the petitioner wins with a "Yes" vote on Article 22.
Warrant Article 22 seeks to discontinue approximately 200 feet of Lockes Hill Road that is part of the petitioner's property. The petitioner of Article 22 is attempting to build a seemingly oversized dwelling on a 0.17 acre postage stamp sized lot that encroaches on the right-of-way of Belknap Point Road by a ridiculous amount leaving a mere 12.5 foot distance from the boundary and only 25 feet from the asphalt. This would set an unacceptable precedent for building on Belknap Point Road. In order to accomplish this, a variance of front setback has been requested. I say let's nip this in the bud right here and with a "No" Vote on Tuesday, March 14 on Warrant Article 22.
Gilford's Dimensional Requirements call for new construction lots to be a minimum of 1 acre with a 35-foot front setback. Here we have a slippery slope to development of lots as small as 0.17 acres for oversized buildings that encroach on the dimensional setback requirements by design. Gilford's interest in this section of Lockes Hill Road costs the town of Gilford nothing to retain. The Kimball Castle remnant staircases, stone walls and Belknap Point Road need to be preserved.
A "No" vote on Warrant Article 22 will prevent development of the pristine strip on land that separates Belknap Point Road from Rt. 11 just northwest of Broadview Condominiums which is home to the Kimball Castle remnant staircase.