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New store: Home Depot concerns many

I am appalled as I read about the concept of Home Depot coming to Oak Harbor, especially on the heels of it also being proposed to being built in Mount Vernon. I do not see it as a job creator, but as a job mover as in the case of when Office Max came in and Whidbey Stationers went out.

Ultimately Home Depot will not be interested in Oak Harbor except as a cash cow, with money leaving the city that is already fighting a battle to maintain the charm it once had. In our attempts to better our town, this seems like a five steps backward move.

On top of it all the traffic issues of putting ANOTHER traffic light in between Cenex and Kmart is mindboggling! What are we, a metropolis? The area proposed is the only space left in Oak Harbor of beauty and peace in the middle of strip malls and car dealerships. If build we must then why a giant store with 400 plus parking spaces?

I will miss the old barn that lives in that field, as well as the beauty of the homes in that area. As their value goes down, I wonder again about how this proposal would help Oak Harbor citizens?

Finally, I am also concerned about the wildlife in that area. Once we build, Oak Harbor, we can never go back. We can try to build “economically sound” but cannot guarantee that building Home Depot as proposed will not impact the animals and birds.

I worry about our helter skelter rush towards “betterment” in this foolhardy way, a moment in time of bettering, but what about the future?

The oak tree by the post office is a perfect example. We have made decisions as a city that have damaged the oak. Now it needs to be cut down. So we rush around and try to save it. But if we had not cut off large root systems to put through wires, had not put cement over its base we would not now be forced to spend money to see if it could be saved. Let us not just think about tomorrow or even ten years. Let us try to think about our children, and our children’s children’s futures.

I sincerely hope that Home Depot does not build in Oak Harbor. I love the locally run businesses that we have. The only benefits I see are for the city not for the citizens.

Elizabeth Haslet

Oak Harbor

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