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Selkirk residents blast 24-hour convenience store proposal

Several concerns are being raised by residents along Miller Avenue in Selkirk over a proposed 24-hour Cumberland Farms convenience store along Route 9W and Maple Avenue.

The project, which is also expected to include a Dunkin' Donuts drive-through and six fueling stations, is being opposed by nearby homeowners who told Bethlehem town planning board members at a public hearing Tuesday, Aug. 7, they do not want a 24-hour operation in their neighborhood.

I wasn't aware it's a 24-hour operation, said Al Foster. "It's absurd."

James Neenan said several children in the neighborhood play outdoors in one of the areas proposed for vehicular access.

"What happened to the 9W corridor study where they don't want to build these things all the way down to Selkirk," said Neenan. "I'm not happy with it."

More Miller Avenue neighbors expressed frustration over the proposed Cumberland Farms store, questioning how property values will be affected.

"There are major problems with the driveway, lights, noise, tractor trailer headlights and smell of gas," said Brian McDermott.

The need for three access points for traffic to the site along Maple Avenue, 9W, and Miller Avenue was another concern brought out by neighbors.

"It is hazardous to get out on 9W from Miller Avenue in the wintertime," said James Sutton.

The planning board is expected to review comments before developers come back to the board next month.

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