To the Editor:

I had the pleasure of attending a meeting of the Washington Zoning Commission recently as it reviewed the latest plans for the much-needed development of the old Wykeham Rise School for girls, and Swiss Hospitality Institute site, by young and local entrepreneur Matthew Klauer and his sister, Erika. See The Spectrum story in the Jan. 11 edition.

Much to my surprise, it seems the Klauers and most of the neighbors around the abandoned and decaying site have agreed to move forward with its long-awaited development.

While it's been a long, costly haul for all involved, I think it's fair to say a large majority of Washingtonians welcome the increase in jobs and property tax revenue, as well as a possibly wonderful addition to the town's portfolio of inns, boarding and day schools, and dining and retail establishments, coupled with its rural and retreat-like character.

Joseph Mustich