Unfortunately your client can’t win every time but today, despite the disappointing outcome, we want to recognize James Foerst for an outstanding effort before the Westfield Planning Board. Representing Derek and Maria Broaddus, Jim presented a powerful case in support of his clients’ subdivision request before the Board. This home took on national notoriety over the last few years and was the subject of press reports, news stories, and a made for TV movie.
In spite of professional opposition organized by numerous residents and neighbors, Jim presented expert evidence and concluded with an impassioned plea that the Board understand the hardships associated with the application. Foerst pushed for the board members and residents to sympathize with the homeowners, balance the positives and negatives of the proposal, and weigh the specific hardship presented to the owners by the dark history of the property. While the board unfortunately denied the application, we still want to recognize and congratulate Jim on a job well done in light of the circumstances.
A decision regarding an appeal has not yet been made by the property owner.