Leominster councilor wants former sch...

Leominster councilor wants former school building razed - Senti...

There are 22 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Jul 17, 2009, titled Leominster councilor wants former school building razed - Senti.... In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Another failed attempt to redevelop the former Carter Junior High School on West Street has several city officials wondering if it's time to tear the building down.

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dugie22

Montgomery, AL

#1 Jul 17, 2009
Yes, turn it into a park and let that fall apart like Fornier field on Lancaster ST ! We fix all the playgrounds at all the schools , but Fornier fied has not recieved any help from the city for over 10 or 15 years. BUILDING ANOTHER PARK MAKES NO SENSE IF YOU CITY COUNCIL PEOPLE and JUDY SUMNER CAN"T HELP OUT ON LITCHFIELD ST !!! THIS MAKES NO SENSE AND I'M TIRED OF THESE TYPES OF DECISIONS BEING A MEMBER OF THE FIELD AND TAX PAYER OF LEOMINSTER ! THE CITY IS QUICK TO USE OUR LAND FOR ICE CLEAN UP, BUT WE CAN EVEN GET THE DPW TO MOW THE LAWN, WE HAVE TO DO IT OURSELVES !!!
RCL

Townsend, MA

#2 Jul 17, 2009
The comments by the mayor about the neighborhood opposing every single proposal begs the question: what DOES the neighborhood prefer to see on this site? Have the neighbors opposed every single proposal without any suggestions as to what they would like to see there? Maybe it's time the neighbors make some postive and constructive comments and offer some alternative ideas.
no park

Braintree, MA

#3 Jul 17, 2009
Should be made into a park? Come on- I agree with dugie, the city isn't taking care of the parks that we already have. I have talked to my city councilor who has been trying to get a heavily used park fixed up, recreation department obviously doesn't see it as a priority but we can have new equipment at Doyle Field, and new Tennis Courts.
Leominster resident

Brookfield, MA

#4 Jul 17, 2009
If the city doesn't own the property, do we actually have any say in what happens there? Sounds like the neighbors made a big mistake in rejecting the 100% state-funded courthouse idea. A new modern courthouse would have been more of an asset to the neighborhood than a crumbling, graffiti painted, neglected building.
Riley Martin

United States

#5 Jul 17, 2009
I have an idea!

how about another chain Restaurant!!!! or better yet a new bar! that is all that seems to pass through city council or neighbors?
local res

Fitchburg, MA

#6 Jul 17, 2009
I think many of these neighbors need to get of their high horses.There was no opposition when the west end diner moved in and they cause the majority of the traffic problems in the area
RGT

Peabody, MA

#7 Jul 17, 2009
"Marchand said the building has become a safety hazard for kids in the neighborhood"

I'm not really familiar with the building but how is it a saftey hazard for kids? Are they ramming into it with their bikes and skateboards or are they jumping off the steps into traffic or what? I don't understand how a sentence could make it into the newspaper without at least a little information to back it up.
hold da phone

Centerville, MA

#8 Jul 17, 2009
yet another NIMBY neighborhood...and a piece of Leominster history is leveled to the ground due to the inability of residents to come to a compromise.

'They paved paradise and put up a parkin lot'...
John Q Public

Fitchburg, MA

#9 Jul 17, 2009
The biggest problem with this building is the neighbors. You would think they were living in Palm Beach with Donald Trump. The neighborhood is not that nice to begin with and anything would help. I would strongely propose a home for retired child molestors just to liven-up the area.
Just Wondering

Gardner, MA

#10 Jul 17, 2009
Neighbors sre just being sour.
They shot down the thoght for apartments/condos, shot down a park idea, even shot down a new police department there.
I've got an idea, put up a cell tower/wind turbine, or cover the whole area with PV :)
continental

Braintree, MA

#11 Jul 17, 2009
Just Wondering wrote:
Neighbors sre just being sour.
They shot down the thoght for apartments/condos, shot down a park idea, even shot down a new police department there.
I've got an idea, put up a cell tower/wind turbine, or cover the whole area with PV :)
small airport? I vote for whatever will make the neighbors most miserable seeing how they are being so reasonable
Bill Terry

Acton, MA

#12 Jul 17, 2009
I live right across from the school on hall street and it is an eye soar. Thank god they finally came and mowed the lawn this week!!! at one point I know they wanted to make it the new police station or courhouse but the neighborhood didnt like that idea. They thought that alot of bad people would be hanging around the area. If I was a Criminal that would be the last neighborhood I would hang around in.
Leominster

Leominster, MA

#13 Jul 17, 2009
RGT wrote:
"Marchand said the building has become a safety hazard for kids in the neighborhood"
I'm not really familiar with the building but how is it a saftey hazard for kids? Are they ramming into it with their bikes and skateboards or are they jumping off the steps into traffic or what? I don't understand how a sentence could make it into the newspaper without at least a little information to back it up.
The "fence" that they put up around the building to keep people out is in sections standing up on stands rather than posts in the ground, and can be easily moved and knocked over. The building has broken glass, unkept land on the side that has been used as dumping grounds. There is a beautiful flat piece of land in the back of that building, I think a park with a parking lot would benefit both the park, the diner, and the traffic coming around the corning on West St, as off street parking would make it safer for those trying to turn, and pedestrians.
really

Braintree, MA

#14 Jul 17, 2009
Leominster wrote:
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The "fence" that they put up around the building to keep people out is in sections standing up on stands rather than posts in the ground, and can be easily moved and knocked over. The building has broken glass, unkept land on the side that has been used as dumping grounds. There is a beautiful flat piece of land in the back of that building, I think a park with a parking lot would benefit both the park, the diner, and the traffic coming around the corning on West St, as off street parking would make it safer for those trying to turn, and pedestrians.
Sure, we'll just accomodate the diner with city money. good thinkin
pleased

Georgetown, TX

#15 Jul 17, 2009
You have to wonder about some of the councilors. The mayor just told them for the umpteenth time that we do not own the building or the land and then councilor Dombrowski says that he would like to see the city raze the building. Duh! We cannot raze the building if we don not own it unless you want to condemn the place.

It is not ours and we all know by now the story of the courthouse that was to be erected on that spot at no expense to the city. The Neighbors said no and then Mayor Perla went along with them and fell asleep at the wheel. That is why the building is still there. At least we saw some good money when we sold the place. Now we should look to condemn and tear the joint down and buy the raw land from the owners or the bank. It sounds like the bank is ready to take it back from the owners,

We have had some bogus elected officials who made silly and uninformed decisions 20 years ago that are still haunting us today. I mean, who was the rocket scientist state senator from Fitchburg who, when route 2 was being constructed, lobbied to keep the highway away from Fitchburg. There was a decision that has crippled the city on the hill. Politicians must think to the future and realize that their grandchildren will be living with the fruits of their decisions.

Tear the mother down and let the coffee shop have even more free parking. Oh, and never ask the neighbors, they are the biggest fools of all. Ever watch these geniuses on tv while the city had hearings regarding the carter building? Whew, these folks are very scary. Basically they want the building torn down and the land made into an extension of their driveways.
Rich

Leominster, MA

#16 Jul 17, 2009
I live in the neighborhood and would love to have the building razed, build a real nice park and call it "The Jonathon Roberge Memorial Park". Maybe the different veterans groups could help out a little bit. We could also dedicate it to all veterans of foreign wars.
Ken

Peabody, MA

#17 Jul 17, 2009
Rich wrote:
I live in the neighborhood and would love to have the building razed, build a real nice park and call it "The Jonathon Roberge Memorial Park". Maybe the different veterans groups could help out a little bit. We could also dedicate it to all veterans of foreign wars.
Maybe you should buy it from the guy that owns it. It has been said here a few times that it is not owned by the city. You can't just go make a park on someone else's land. It makes them really mad.
Luther Manning

Oakham, MA

#18 Jul 17, 2009
Given time, it would not surprise me if the building caught fire and burned down by itself. When I lived in Worcester years ago, an apartment building down the street was foreclosed on a Monday, Condemmed by
Wednesday, and burned down Friday of the same week.

A month later, a local hospital purchased the land for a parking lot.
Sean

Leominster, MA

#19 Jul 17, 2009
I live nearby and have been around the building often. If you can manage to hurt yourself there your doing something wrong. but thats besides the point. I can actually see why the neighbors do not want some of these developments in, have you seen how close the houses are to the building? and a police station would be loud and busy all night long, i can understand that too. Some of it is that these people, who bought a house next to a big building in full knowledge it was there, just want it gone, selfish or not thats a legitimate concern. I personally wish before we built a bunch of new schools everywhere we considered maybe spending half that investment on re-doing beautiful old schools we already have, the high school is overcrowded? don't build a new one, fix the old one and have a two-campus school. its not unheard of.
REoL

Barre, MA

#20 Jul 18, 2009
Then where are the pigeons and squerrels going to live?
It's a natural habitat for wildlife, which can't be touched.

Still, I say move the high school back in. It's in much better shape than the currently used one is.

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