2016-12-23 / Letters

Reader questions location of business

To the editor:

I am writing in regards to a new business on Broadway, between Evans and Lincoln streets, The Children’s Adventure Center, a child care facility. While I am a strong supporter of local business and a lifelong educator who supports early education, I am baffled why anyone would open a child care center in this location. The playground area is less than 8 feet from four lanes of traffic; this means exhaust fumes, noise and potential danger. Yes, there is a fence but everyone knows a fence is a deterrent, not a guarantee.

The car exhaust fumes are toxic and the noise is damaging to the delicate hearing of children. The location offers no sense of safety or beauty; it is a main corridor going through the center of South Portland in one of the busiest locations in the city. What children will view is cars and trucks whizzing by them, spewing horrid smells. There is no sense of “adventure” in this. There is no place to walk for field trips. Yes, the Greenbelt is close, and that is great, but the danger of taking children along that sidewalk to get to it is horrifying to consider, without one adult for each child.

I wonder if anyone offered guidance or suggestions as to the appropriateness of this kind of business in this location, or were the occupants simply granted the permit and no one said, “You might want to consider these factors.” I am stymied each time I pass this spot, which I do frequently, either in my car or on foot. I look over and wonder who imagined this as a great place for children – and I wonder what parent might choose this location for his/her child.

I am at a loss for words, and for me, that is saying something.

Rosemarie De Angelis South Portland

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