An Interesting, If Unflattering, Exchange With John Witt Over His Postponements of Downton Walk

For some reason, John Witt has continually adjourned his application.  He adjourned the application for the March 7 meeting, for the March 21 meeting, for the April 11 meeting and now he has adjourned it for the June 6 meeting.

I emailed him on June 4th asking him if he could share why the project has been continually postponed.  I received no response so I emailed him again on June 6 reminding him of my earlier email and asking him to respond. Below is our subsequent exchange of emails. I have yet to receive a response from John Witt explaining the many adjournments of his proposal.  When I do I will publish it.

From:  John Witt []

Sent:    Monday, June 06, 2016 5:46 PM

To:       John Kaufmann

Subject:           RE: Responsive

Sorry – I have been busy….

We have a great Parade of Homes opened this weekend.

Last time I responded within hours and you lied and said I didn’t respond in you blog… I asked for you to meet and review the project and you refused.

John I am happy to help… but blatantly did not tell the truth in your blog which produces lost respect.  

Headed for a bike ride – enjoy your night!


John Witt, President

Witt Construction, Inc.

From:   John Kaufmann []

Sent:    Monday, June 06, 2016 6:40 PM

To:       ‘John Witt’

Subject:           RE: Responsive

I apologize if you responded to a request and I criticized you on my blog for not doing so.  I have no recollection of this.  Could you send me the copies of the correspondence?  I would be happy to correct the record.

As to not meeting with you, I am familiar with your project and think it would be a waste of both our time to meet about it as currently proposed.  If, on the other hand, you are open to downsizing the project, I would be happy to meet with you to discuss what new ideas you might have for the property.

From:   John Witt []

Sent:    Monday, June 06, 2016 9:39 PM

To:       John Kaufmann

Subject:           Re: Responsive

Great – I have new conservation project in the town of Saratoga that I am proposing to repurpose lush a farm and leave wooded and farm land in perpetuity. Best to meet in person at the office. Please let me know what works.

Dowton Walk will be a great example of urban planning. The mixed sized buildings and scale does fit into the neighborhood! Let’s talk about Dowton Walk after it is built.

Look at your email and blog post timing… If you want to visit history… I responded to your email within I think 2 hours and after that you blogged I would respond…. Not cool!! If you respect you should act professional and responsible… I lost respect for you! You did work with my mother and I did have great respect for you. Not any more. I am happy to put this behind us.

Cheers, JW

From:   John Kaufmann []

Sent:    Tuesday, June 07, 2016 8:42 AM

To:       ‘John Witt’

Subject:           Posts and Questions

On March 12, 2016, I emailed you asking you to explain why you had written to the neighbors of your Downton Walks project saying you were applying for three variances when it appeared you were applying for more.  On the same day you posted back saying that you would submit a comment and asking me to call you.  I responded back that same day and explained I was in London so I could not call you.

On the evening of March 13, having not heard from you further, I published my post regarding your project.  At the end of the post I noted the following:

In an effort to be fair to Mr. Witt, I emailed him offering to publish any defense he would like to offer regarding his letter (see below). To date I have not received any sort of rebuttal.  Should I receive one, I will publish it.  

This was technically true as I had only received your email saying you planned to respond.  In fairness to you I should have told the readers this that I had received an email indicating you planned to respond.  On March 14th (the next day) I did receive and publish without editing or commenting the full text of your rebuttal.

With respect, you still have not answered my question, why have you postponed most of your appearances before the ZBA over the last four months?  You adjourned your application on March 7th, March 27th, April 11th, and June 6th.

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