After a romantic sales pitch, including the golden age of Little Falls and its subsequent decline, a problem that is not unique in the rural United States.  I was left with more questions than were answered, a sentiment likely shared by most residents attending the public meeting regarding the proposed Zaida Project.

What does growth look like?  Growth begins small, seed-like if you will, something our rural agricultural community understands.  Growth is entirely dependent upon supporting the ground on which it is planned.

A 138-unit private development built on a currently inaccessible 17-acre wooded lot in the middle of a historic neighborhood is not seed like.  A 138-unit private development invites a potential 138 families into an already struggling community.  A 138-unit private development with the two person per bedroom metric we were provided on 5/28/2024 equates to almost 500 individuals.

This leads me to the most insulting aspect of this proposed Zaida Project; it does not directly support the pre-existing residents in a community that is desperate for cultivation.

Whilst audaciously being reminded by the project investors on 5/28/2024 that our area is woefully impoverished and in need of services, we received zero clarification that this project can even be specifically targeted towards current Little Falls residents.  Keep in mind this is not a municipal lead housing development project.

Even if it was, what happens to the then-vacated properties within Little Falls?  Does the City just inherit those properties and be left holding the keys to even more crumbling homes?  Do they simply return to the vicious cycle of vacant landlords?  Do the lots get auctioned, sold, developed, and consequently price out the very residents purportedly being benefited?

Even if this project had the residents of Little Falls best interests at heart, the proposed location is a logistical nightmare for the current residents surrounding Reed Street already struggling with failing infrastructure.

The growth of new neighborhoods does not begin with the destruction of current neighborhoods.

A Concerned Resident,
Bryan Herringshaw
Little Falls, New York