Lunenburg drive-in to become housing ...

Lunenburg drive-in to become housing project; work to begin in ...

There are 119 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Jun 27, 2008, titled Lunenburg drive-in to become housing project; work to begin in .... In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Construction on a long-awaited affordable-housing project that will mark the end of the Tri-Town Drive-in Theatre is expected to get underway in the fall, according to the land's owner.

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Linda

Cambridge, MA

#1 Jun 27, 2008
How sad ! I'm sorry to hear the news about the drive-in. It seems that developers everywhere are focused on purchasing property and removing all the family-fun activity centers. Have you been to Salisbury Beach lately? Remember Whalom Park? Now the drive-in. What is left?
someone concerned

Newton Highlands, MA

#2 Jun 27, 2008
donnellys tavern & american graffitti right next door
Shannon

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#3 Jun 27, 2008
I'm curious as to what they classify as "affordable", or is it a nicer way of saying "low-income"?
Marie in the Burg

Northampton, MA

#4 Jun 27, 2008
Shannon wrote:
I'm curious as to what they classify as "affordable", or is it a nicer way of saying "low-income"?
Pretty much. The way I understand what I have previously read is that the Town of Lunenburg had to bring in some low-income housing in order to get money from the government. They did not want to put low-income housing too close to town. Tri-Town Drive-In is a large parcel close to Fitchburg, far, far away from the center of Lunenburg. What they don’t seem to get is, yeah…. you will bring in more tax dollars on condos than a drive-in movie, but then you will be spending those additional tax dollars on additional students in the school system, etc. It breaks my heart that one of the few remaining drive-ins in this area, possibly the country, will be lost. SAD.
newsmonger

Springfield, MA

#5 Jun 27, 2008
And I am so sure the residents of the area are excited about a movie theatre that has been there for over 30 years is going to be replaced with another Meadowbrook. Thank GOD for the intelligence and power of our local governments providing housing for people of all ages, races and unknown citizenships status to live in equality with the rest of the country.
MrsSchrute

Holden, MA

#6 Jun 27, 2008
I'm so sad to see the drive-in go. I've been going since I was a kid. I remember the Whalom Drive-in as well.

Its a great alternative to the movie theater because you can be outside if you want, you can control the volume so you don't have to hear people laughing and talking like at the movies.

Plus - the kids get the first movie and then they (hopefully) fall asleep for the second movie, typically geared towards adults.
Shannon

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#7 Jun 27, 2008
Marie in the Burg wrote:
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Pretty much. The way I understand what I have previously read is that the Town of Lunenburg had to bring in some low-income housing in order to get money from the government. They did not want to put low-income housing too close to town. Tri-Town Drive-In is a large parcel close to Fitchburg, far, far away from the center of Lunenburg. What they don’t seem to get is, yeah…. you will bring in more tax dollars on condos than a drive-in movie, but then you will be spending those additional tax dollars on additional students in the school system, etc. It breaks my heart that one of the few remaining drive-ins in this area, possibly the country, will be lost. SAD.
I agree Marie, I remember going to the drive-ins for years and it will be very sad to see it go only to be replaced by "low-income", cookie cutter, housing. And don't forget, our taxes are also probably paying for the difference of the rent the "low-income" families don't pay. Another drain on society, just what we need. How about instead of giving the low-income families handouts, how about actually cutting back on their benefits and hand outs. Before you all jump on me about blah blah blah, I do know that SOME of the families are just in hard times and need the assistance, I understand that, but this state makes it so easy for the "welfare statistics" to leech off of the system and kick back and wait for the hand outs.

Everyone is hurting these days with the rising costs of EVERYTHING, what about classifing my house as "low income" and letting me live there for nearly half of my mortgage....I know, totally unrealistic but a damn good idea to me.
Concerned Citizen

Cambridge, MA

#8 Jun 27, 2008
What a shame. Whalom Park, whalom drive in and now Tri-town drive in. I feel bad since this will just add to the over crowding of this area we are already experiencing.

I guess if we continue with our current path of letting all illegal aliens into this country we should expect the exploding population problem to continue to grow.
more perceptive

Cohasset, MA

#9 Jun 27, 2008
Perfect!! another area for drug dealers.

I hope Lunenburg's 2 cops are given a substantial increase in their pay from the goverment funds coming in. They are certainly going to earn it!!
I hope the planning board is satisfied with their stupid decision to do this. They are all too old to have to deal with the reprecussions, but our children will pay for it in their classrooms.
Nice job!!!
IT'S TIME FOR NEW TOWN MANAGEMENT!!!
Shannon

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#10 Jun 27, 2008
more perceptive wrote:
Perfect!! another area for drug dealers.
I hope Lunenburg's 2 cops are given a substantial increase in their pay from the goverment funds coming in. They are certainly going to earn it!!
I hope the planning board is satisfied with their stupid decision to do this. They are all too old to have to deal with the reprecussions, but our children will pay for it in their classrooms.
Nice job!!!
IT'S TIME FOR NEW TOWN MANAGEMENT!!!
AMEN!
Jon

Gardner, MA

#11 Jun 27, 2008
great, here comes the local hoodlums from surrounding towns. it's nice having an EMT next door to me, and a lunenburg police officer across the street from me, but i think it's now time to buy a gun. call me what you want, but i am allowed my opinions. i moved from providence to avoid this "crap", and now it will be down the street from me.
Jessica

West Springfield, MA

#12 Jun 27, 2008
It really is so sad sad to see the only local drive in closing! That seems to be the overwhelming response.
someone concerned

Newton Highlands, MA

#13 Jun 27, 2008
people get a clue. the times of whalom park and drive in are done. why keep them there if nobody uses them
SeiWhat

Windham, NH

#14 Jun 27, 2008
someone concerned wrote:
people get a clue. the times of whalom park and drive in are done. why keep them there if nobody uses them
you, my friend, may be the one who needs a clue.
it's not use...it's about people $cashing$ in!
Joe

Princeton, MA

#15 Jun 27, 2008
someone concerned wrote:
people get a clue. the times of whalom park and drive in are done. why keep them there if nobody uses them
I could understand Whalom Park hell the last time I went there was like 2000 and the rides were all run down. But to pack the car up and drive to the drive in for $20 and see two movies is a tradition in my family. It's not times gone by and I do see use in the drive-in!
someone concerned

Newton Highlands, MA

#16 Jun 27, 2008
go to the drive in and see how many cars are there. people dont do that kind of stuff any more
MrsSchrute

Holden, MA

#17 Jun 27, 2008
someone concerned wrote:
go to the drive in and see how many cars are there. people dont do that kind of stuff any more
Apparently you haven't been in a long time. The last time I went a car actually ended up having to turn around and leave because there was no room.
Marie P

Franklin, MA

#18 Jun 27, 2008
Its such a sad state of affairs when family oriented things close down. I used to love taking my children to the Whalom lake when they were little and then on the rides. And we loved the drive-ins. We went all the time. Yes, they weren't as crowded as they were when I was a kid but people were still there. Its just a sad thing. I feel badly for the kids that never got to experience what a drive-in is all about. Putting your blankets on the ground, wearing your pjs and eating popcorn. And during intermission, watching the kids play around and have fun. Yup, its a shame. I have to share a story with you...when I was a teenager I remember seeing the original texas chainsaw masacre. Someone brought in a chainsaw into the drive-ins and during the movie, started it up. I remember almost sh****** my pants!!!! People were screaming and then laughing. It was the best!
someone concerned

Newton Highlands, MA

#19 Jun 27, 2008
times have changed....memories are just that memories
hola

Fitchburg, MA

#20 Jun 27, 2008
wow thats not right, thats one landmark they
should keep!! thats another way Teens can stay out of trouble and family's can spend
time together!! sad to see it go away

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