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Pine Lake Condominiums - Ashland, MA

Lay of the Land

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AT ISSUE... WHAT BUILDING SHOULD REPLACE HOUSE
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Basically, the land appears to be 150' x 150 of which 150 x 100 is currently being viewed as usable. 
 
Because of previous construction of a house to the right facing and Pine Lake Condos to the left facing, the land is a topographic BOWL on which the above red house is anchored on the northeast corner.  THE DEEPEST PART OF THE BOWL IS THE STREAM OF THE WETLANDS WHICH THEN RISES UP AT THE PROPERTY LINE..  The house, itself, is already below the grade of  Route 135 and Voyagers Lane.  As can be seen, the house foundation is exposed on the sides and back.
 
Based on an average front door of 6'8", we can guess that the rooms have a 7 foot height. The roof appears to have a 6/12 pitch, so this modest cape is approximately 13' feet above grade to the ridge of the roof and 19-20 feet from the ground at the back of the house.  The proposed building will be 2.5 TIMES HIGHER.

RT 135 SLOPES DOWN - NO DRAINS
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NOTE: BLUE HOUSE IS A RED LIKE-BUILD. NB LAND FILL EXCEEDS 8' EVEN CLOSE TO HWY

Facing West on Rte 135:  "Every Picture Tells A Story" and so it is trus of this photo.  First, there is the  incline of  Rte 135... the lack of curbs... the lack of storm drains... the negative pitch onto the property... the backfill of the neighbor (click to enlarge photo) who current sits higher and on about equal setback from Rte 135 as the red house.  Of course, if current plans hold, the back of this neighbors home will be facing the front of the build.  They should be equally concerned about lighting, plowing, etc.  
 
Oh yes... And one can see the immediate high of a small retaining attempt to level a portion of the front lawn.  In essence, this process is being proposed for the ENTIRE LOT.

HOUSE IS BELOW ROAD GRADE - DRIVE FLOODS
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This is he same meager driveway whicdh is at the base the above photo.  This photo shows the was that currently happens onto the driveway because there is a negative slope to the property.  It is beging shown for another reason which follows.

 
There are THREE immutable truths:
 
1)  GRAVTY is a natural law...
 
2)  WATER follows this law by either
going straight down into the earth or
running down hill if it is thwarted by
oversaturation and there is an incline...
 
3)  So, ALL WATER returns to earth at
the earth's lowest level and through
the path of least resistence
 

FIRST SIGNS OF TROUBLE
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POOLING MEANS SATURATION & NEGAIVE SLOPE

STORM WATER WRAPS ONTO VOYAGERS
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THEN SOME RUNS ONTO PROPERTY... WHEN ROUTED CORRECTLY IT MUST TRAVEL TO 1st DRAIN AT TREASURE WAY

WHY DID PREVIOUS OWNER TOLERATE RUN-OFF
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REFLECTING POOL FROM VOYAGER LANE & RTE 135 RUN-OFF

Water runing down Rte 135 naturally runs-off  onto the currently unpaved land to the right and infront of the house... OR is WRAPS around onto Voyagers WHERE IT DISCHARGES ONTO THE PROPERTY... OR continues downward on Rte 135.
 
CURRENTLY, THERE ARE NO CURBS SURROUNDING THIS PROPERTY.  WHY THE PREVIOUS OWNER TOLERATED THE RUN-OFF FROM VOYEAGER IS A MYSTERY...  NEVERTHELESS, THE CURRENT PLANS CALL FOR A CURB AROUND THE PROPERTY, EXCEPTING THE DRIVEWAY OPENING WHICH COULD BE HUMPED SLIGHTLY TO PREVENT WATER FROM ENTERING THE PARKING AREA.
 
THIS MEANS, THAT WATER WHICH IS BEING NATURALLY ABSORBED ALONG THE SHOULDERS WILL NOW WRAP ONTO VOYAGERS AND/OR CONTINUE DOWN HELL.

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