groton selectmen

There are 21 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Dec 29, 2010, titled groton selectmen. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

The Prescott Reuse Committee expects to produce its findings in the form of a report within the next few weeks to the Board of Selectmen.

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Mary

Hollis, NH

#1 Dec 29, 2010
I think it should stay a school. I went there and got a good education. Plus its close to the center of town.
Shack

Groton, MA

#2 Dec 29, 2010
Good grief..."we the people" advise the selectmen.
They don't advise "the people"....
stone cold

AOL

#3 Dec 29, 2010
It's time Groton did somethng for their seniors!
grotonite

Westford, MA

#4 Dec 29, 2010
I vote for a senior center, but, given the size of the facility, there should be additional uses.

The additional uses should include some revenue generating activities to help defray the cost of the building.

But what those are, I haven't a clue. And it seems nobody else does either.
grotonite

Westford, MA

#5 Dec 29, 2010
One more point. I fear that any redevelopment will turn this building into a giant white elephant, just like what I fear any Station Ave development to become.

Hopefully someone has better vision of the future than I ...
HotButton

Pine Grove, PA

#6 Dec 29, 2010
stone cold wrote:
It's time Groton did somethng for their seniors!
Hey Stone Cold, the town does do something for it's seniors, It's called the Senior Center, it's on a major town road RT 225 (east main street) try crossing the bridge! It's one of the most outstanding Senior Center's in Central Mass. Look's to me like you want to just pour your tax dollar's into renovating a building for something that already exists in town, Real dumb ! I'll be voting NO at town meeting for foolish spending proposals like creating another Senior Center.
Townie

Groton, MA

#7 Dec 29, 2010
With modifications and installing an elevator, it could have multiple uses. There could be an indoor mini-mall with several shops as well as professional offices, a yoga/wellness studio. The basement level already has a kitchen which a creative group could use as a sandwich/soup/salad area or as an ice cream shoppe. Rest rooms are already in place too.
Just Curious

Wilmington, MA

#8 Dec 29, 2010
Isn't this building required to remain an educational building by the terms that donated it to the town?
Cyberguy

Groton, MA

#9 Dec 29, 2010
I read recently in a local paper that there's a way around that....and that the Re-use Committee found it and their plan would implement it.
Thinking out loud

Hollis, NH

#10 Dec 30, 2010
It has to include a Dunkin Donuts. The one in that stinky strip mall and the one at the gas station just don't cut it, yuck. They could put a nice one in there. Also whatever they do, please, please save the play ground. Thanks for listening.
wow

Groton, MA

#11 Dec 30, 2010
I just want them to increase my taxes. They are experts at that.

Just a recap. We have a bunch of affordable condos sitting empty in a big yellow building. Are they really affordable?

Name a business that that wants to move into Groton? We must look again to yellow buildings that are not selling and the open commercial space. The tax rate is way too high and we are not on any major routes. 101 business rule.

Senior housing could be an option. Do we have enough seniors that want to sell their homes and move into a building in the center of town? I would want to see the demand before voting on that. That is the Groton demand.

One idea that I am disappointed has not been thrown out on the table is a Special Ed Co-op. How many children do we send out of district and at what cost? Let use the building that we can charge other districts to send their child to. This would have to be run by a private company otherwise we would have another liability on our hands.

I really can't stand to hear that the building was donated for educational use and they found a loop hole. Sound familiar........think about the land they stole from the family for the high school. Costly mistake.

If I was a gambling women, I am betting this will be costly a mistake.
Smart Cookie

Groton, MA

#12 Dec 30, 2010
I do like the idea about Prescott housing a private SPED Co-op; maybe coordinate a program with Fitchburg State for a satellite campus to train students preparing to be Special Needs teachers. This would continue the aforementioned donation of the building to be used for educational purposes. How dare they violate the wishes of the gift-givers? Aren't there trustees to protect this family's wishes?
Charlie

Groton, MA

#13 Dec 30, 2010
When the "movers & shakers" want something done for their projects, they roll over everyone else to do it (high school project). Then, the town(s) are stuck with the mess (bills) afterwards. That land taking was shameful. Although I am paying for it now and for many years to come, I was glad that the courts ruled in favor of the Casella's. It was their due inheritance, their forefather's investment. In your faces former Supt. MJ and Sch. Comm., and all of you sheep who followed them!

Keep Prescott as an educational facility!
Nicole

Salem, MA

#14 Dec 31, 2010
Smart Cookie wrote:
I do like the idea about Prescott housing a private SPED Co-op; maybe coordinate a program with Fitchburg State for a satellite campus to train students preparing to be Special Needs teachers. This would continue the aforementioned donation of the building to be used for educational purposes. How dare they violate the wishes of the gift-givers? Aren't there trustees to protect this family's wishes?
This is a great idea! It would adhere to the family's wishes serving an educational purpose and bring professionals/consumers to the town. Build on it by doing the Station Ave. project which would make the center more attractive to light shopping, eating, etc. I love the SPED co-op idea! Even have a college satellite campus there. These are great!
Jimmy Z

Groton, MA

#15 Dec 31, 2010
If the donors stipulated EDUCATION PURPOSES, then that's what it should be used for. Period. Who in heck is brazen enough to violate these folks wishes? Hey, Reuse Comm. and the rest of you, ever hear of karma? No education use will come back and getcha.
Fedup

Harvard, MA

#16 Jan 1, 2011
No Senior Housing. We already do so much for them, senior center, senior bus rides, etc. I'd like to see a multi-use community center. Would like to take my daughter to dance & gymnastic classes in town instead of having drive all the time. Why spend $$ elsewhere when we can keep it in Groton.
Spicy Cajun

Groton, MA

#17 Jan 2, 2011
There was talk AND a survey about a Community Center and some plan at the Country Club years ago. What happened with that? Nothing. Same goes for the Prescott deal and Station Ave. plan. Sorry, Fedup, your dreams are in vain.
Cyberguy

Groton, MA

#18 Jan 2, 2011
A wise entrepeneur should build an indoor multi-sport complex which would generate jobs for locals as well as tax dollars for the town. There is so much land in town to do so (eg: Cow Pond area) and this is a jock town too. Like there wouldn't be interest to use it? For example, why have local kids traveled to Milford MA and other places for years? Tap into the areas of interest among residents that have the most appeal.
Mr Practicality

Groton, MA

#19 Jan 2, 2011
The easiest thing to do is to use it for what it was intended...education. Advertise it to educational institutions and groups highlighting it's and the town's positives. Everything that a school should have is in place with several needed improvements required, like an elevator and those areas already made public. The town should not waste time trying to do something with this building. Sell it and be done!
wow

Groton, MA

#20 Jan 3, 2011
Mr Practicality wrote:
The easiest thing to do is to use it for what it was intended...education. Advertise it to educational institutions and groups highlighting it's and the town's positives. Everything that a school should have is in place with several needed improvements required, like an elevator and those areas already made public. The town should not waste time trying to do something with this building. Sell it and be done!
Only problem with making it a non profit school is there will be no tax revenue. The special Ed idea was gathering revenue from other districts or by offsetting ours. Again with keeping the families wishes intact.

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