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Changes to downtown will have negative impact

I am personally very much opposed to the new changes to Alpena’s downtown area. As both a Realtor, resident and Driving Instructor, I believe that our leaders (whoever voted yes on these changes) have made a major mistake. The negative impact on businesses, safety and people making the choice to use and enjoy the downtown area will be measurable. I think it is great that we want the new Holiday Inn Express to be successful, but the current and upcoming changes will not produce the desired results for either the new hotel or the other businesses. It is time to take a very hard look at this situation for a better remedy. I also think the people who voted yes for this debacle should be required to pay for putting it back the way it was rather than using our tax dollars.

Kurt Haaxma

Alpena