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Editorial: Greenfield plans

As was the case with most Greenfield residents, we were pleased to see Mayor William Martin’s list of planned projects for the town in Tuesday’s Recorder. Even if all of them don’t come to fruition, just the fact that they’re being considered is good news.

He said that New England Natural Bakers, now in a property on Fairview Street, is considering building a new bakery on the former Bendix-Repal site on Laurel Street Extension, that a new senior center might be built opposite Mill House Apartments on Wells Street and that Argotec, the specialty plastic film company in the Industrial Park, is expanding once again due to increased sales.

All of these plans are good news for the town. Although they may involve tax breaks in the short term, in the long term they could mean more jobs and more tax revenue for a community that badly needs both.

As the ancient saying warns, “There’s many a slip ’twixt the cup and the lip.” Things can certainly go wrong and foil the projects. But without proposals, certainly nothing good can happen.

In the meantime, work on bringing passenger trains back to Greenfield after decades is continuing, an exciting prospect for those who would like to be able to walk down to the new bus terminal at the foot of Bank Row and catch a train for New York City or, eventually, Montreal.

And Mayor Martin’s determination to build a 300-car parking garage across the street is unshaken, despite setbacks in getting the sort of financing from the state that would make the idea a reality.

All of this is good news for Greenfield — let’s hope that most of it, at least, comes to pass.

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