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Architect to make proposal for  Greg Rose property

CONWAY — Six years ago, the town exchanged a house near the Grammar School for the Greg Rose property on Shelburne Falls Road.

Since the transfer, however, there have been no plans established for what the town could do with the field near the town center adjacent to the South River. Town officials have considered a variety of notions, but the future of the 11 acres has remained undetermined.

This Sunday, local architect and designer Tom O’Brien of O’Brien Design on Whately Road will present his ideas for use of the property. The presentation will be at 4 p.m. at the Conway Historical Society Museum at 50 Main St. When reached by phone Friday, O’Brien declined comment on his proposal, wishing for full details to be released on Sunday.

Since the proposal is a private initiative, Planning Board Chairwoman Diane Poland said O’Brien did not have to present plans just yet to any town boards or committees.

The Planning Board, to date, has no plans for the property.

“It’s such a big topic,” Poland said. “We’re interested in economic development and senior housing.”

The 11-acre parcel is within a flood plain. It sits lower than Shelburne Falls Road and is subject to flooding. Over the years, the town has considered several options for the site, including a place for a new town garage or possible future wastewater treatment plant, according to David Barten of the Planning Board.

One idea for the property could be senior housing, Barten suggested. Of the 1,900 Conway residents, 700 are senior citizens.

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