It abuts Twin Brooks.
Save Twin Brooks: 35 Scudder Ave., Hyannis
Save Twin Brooks is a 501(c)(3) grassroots organization whose members seek to
preserve for our future the nearly 40-acre Twin Brooks Golf Course site at 35 Scudder Ave.—
the last large open green space in Hyannis Village.
Our Mission —to enhance the quality of life for our community by preserving and protecting the green space, watersheds, natural resources and habitats of the Twin Brooks Golf Course and Stewarts Creek Estuary. Our vision for this land is to connect our community by safeguarding this space for recreation and education and to provide proportionately scaled housing that serves the needs our of residents.
THE PROPOSED PROJECT
LMC is a national apartment developer with no experience on Cape Cod or outside densely populated metropolitan areas. LMC is proposing is to build a market-rate, apartment complex on Twin Brooks Golf Course in Hyannis. Their plan calls for 312 apartments in 13 buildings plus a fitness center situated on the green space abutting Stewart’s Creek. Their drawings show only one access road that will open onto Scudder Avenue near the West End Rotary, which currently has a “D” grade for safety. The plan calls for parking for approximately 468 cars, and it would be the largest development on Cape Cod.
Reasons Why We Are Concerned
Proposed development at juncture of Stewart’s and Joshua’s Creeks risks runoff of pollutants from the roadways and pavement flowing into the creeks affecting Nantucket Sound.
We are also concerned about how this development will affect water quality, traffic and pedestrian safety at the West End Rotary, cultural and economic aspects and the effect it will have on wildlife and the natural habitat of this area.
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Our Vision for Twin Brooks
HELP US PRESERVE THE LAST GREEN OPEN SPACE IN HYANNIS
Hyannis desperately needs more open space. Twin Brooks consists of 40 acres. Our goal is to preserve this green space for conservation, recreation, education, community farming and cultural activities. While we are in favor of much needed housing in Hyannis, we are opposed to this green open space being developed with acres of impermeable hard surface. The Cape Cod Commission and the guidelines for the Town of Barnstable both state that open spaces and historic design are crucial not only to quality of life but to the local economy.
Our vision for this property is a destination where residents and visitors alike will benefit from a central park essential to a vibrant livable and sustainable Hyannis Village. A well-planned open space would enhance our community and ecological environment, as well as improve the quality of life and economic attractiveness in Hyannis. Our video depicts our vision.
Sea Level Rise: What Does the Future Hold?
Watch the Barnstable Clean Water Coalition video below, which references the apartment project proposed for Twin Brooks.
The Barnstable Clean Water Coalition has produced a short video about sea level rise in conjunction with the apartment project proposed for Twin Brook. Its goal is to raise public awareness about seal level rise on Cape Cod and its potential impact around Stewarts Creek. Placement of critical infrastructures such as the Cape Cod Hospital and housing need careful consideration.
Consequences of sea level rise include increased intensity of storm surges, tides, flooding, and damage to these coastal areas. According to glaciologists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Report, the climate change impact on Cape Cod could result in the Cape and Islands being partially submerged in 50 years.
Barnstable Land Trust Alternative for Twin Brooks
The Save Twin Brooks Board of Directors applaud the work that the Barnstable Land Trust and Utile have done in reaching out to the community and identifying possibilities for new housing while preserving green space at the Twin Brooks site. Their work confirms that conserving open space and adding housing are not mutually exclusive. As Save Twin Brooks has been emphasizing, our community, and especially our government officials, must look carefully at alternatives before forever losing this large, central green space.
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Cape Cod Times Editorials & Opinions
December 3, 2021 – Can Cape Cod Sharks save the Missing Middle? Betty C. Ludtke, Hyannisport
October 15, 2021 – Twin Brooks apartment proposal decision a pivotal moment, Lawrence Brown, Columnist, Cape Cod Times
October 10, 2021 – Alternative plans for Twin Brooks property should be considered, Betty C. Ludtke, Hyannisport
Barnstable Patriot Editorials & Opinions
October 13, 2021 – With 35 Scudder Ave. purchase, Barnstable can control its own destiny, Edward F. Maroney, Hyannis
September 27, 2021 – Barnstable could learn from Brewster, acquire 35 Scudder Ave., Felicia Penn, Hyannis