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Letter: Update the public

Mayor Martin:

What’s the Bendix property status? Total costs to date?

What’s the parking garage status? The preliminary schematic design report for the Bank Row parking garage was completed in July 2010 — three years ago by Desman Associates. This was based on a continuation of the trend of new businesses and restaurants opening in Greenfield. I see the exact opposite thing happening.

Regarding the courthouse: Why wasn’t the First National Bank & Trust building even considered or talked about during the courthouse renovation and budget talks? What better space to utilize and keep 200 court staffers downtown? There are three experts in urban renewal projects right in that neighborhood — Jordi Herold (Bank Row properties), Mark Zaccheo (Olive Street Lofts) and Ed Wierzbowski. Why not give them each one floor to renovate/lease with a non-compete agreement and turn it into a mini Thorne’s Marketplace for downtown Greenfield? What better place for that especially if the parking garage ever gets built?

The Lunt property involved a 2-year option to buy that cost $75,000. Planning Board approval of a $1.5 million buy option with no real plan in place for the use of the property. Why wasn’t the Holy Trinity School property ever considered? It’s got parking, easy access by bus, performance spaces and kitchen facilities. Wouldn’t this have been ideal for a Cultural/Arts Center?

With two people with the word “Development” in their job titles, I don’t understand why there are so many vacant storefronts and so many unfinished projects. I’d also like to see a real-time display of the parking revenues on the town’s website. What’s coming in and out daily and what it is being spent on. I think the taxpayers deserve to know.

LONNY BROOKS

Turners Falls

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