Local developer gets $1.1 million gra...

Local developer gets $1.1 million grant - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 36 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Nov 18, 2009, titled Local developer gets $1.1 million grant - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

It took more than three years, but developer Jim Whitney on Friday heard the news he'd been waiting for -- the state awarded a $1.1 million grant to Whitney's Southgate Business Park, which will be used to start building a road in the development.

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Lisa from Leominster

Leominster, MA

#22 Nov 18, 2009
Leominster Resident wrote:
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Move :)
Looks like you're from Clinton...another run down little town with small town thinking and small town ignorance.
Reply to reply

Babson Park, MA

#23 Nov 18, 2009
OK, the City of Leominster builds a road for Jim Whitney from Jim Whitney's "commercial/industrial development" to Jim Whitney's "residential development" in STERLING, from which Jim Whitney earns lots of money and the town of STERLING gets lots of tax money, and Leominster gets....Jim Whitney's new found wealth at the taxpayer's expense???? Does that really sound better to you????
concerned citizen wrote:
<quoted text> You don't know what you are talking about. Everything Jim does is done right. The grant money is going to the City of Leominster to build the road not to Jim. If you are going to make a comment know what you are talking about.
Concerned Citizen 2

Bedford, MA

#24 Nov 19, 2009
Lisa from Leominster wrote:
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Looks like you're from Clinton...another run down little town with small town thinking and small town ignorance.
Has it occured to you why Leominster's property tax has been fairly low, as compared to other town's, for the past couple of years? Let me give you a little lesson in economics.....By brining in more buisnesses that pay taxes to the town it keeps residential taxes stable. If Leominster is such a "run down little town" then why don't you go live in Fitchburg, or better yet.....ATHOL! Wouldn't it be ironic if you end up working for one of the buisnesses that moves into Mr. Whitney's park. Obviously someone should hit you over the head with a shoe to knock some common sense into you!
Leominster Resident

Leominster, MA

#25 Nov 19, 2009
Lisa from Leominster wrote:
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Looks like you're from Clinton...another run down little town with small town thinking and small town ignorance.
No, actually I am from leominster, lived her almost 40 years now.
Poodle

Leominster, MA

#26 Nov 19, 2009
Concerned Citizen 2 wrote:
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Has it occured to you why Leominster's property tax has been fairly low, as compared to other town's, for the past couple of years? Let me give you a little lesson in economics.....By brining in more buisnesses that pay taxes to the town it keeps residential taxes stable. If Leominster is such a "run down little town" then why don't you go live in Fitchburg, or better yet.....ATHOL! Wouldn't it be ironic if you end up working for one of the buisnesses that moves into Mr. Whitney's park. Obviously someone should hit you over the head with a shoe to knock some common sense into you!
Sorry you have that wrong. Economic development will bring in businesses along with more people. Infrastructures need to be created. New schools will need to be built, more teachers and MORE TAXES! Businesses don't pay for any of the above, they usually get tax breaks! You don't know a damn thing about economics!
Concerned Citizen

Westford, MA

#27 Nov 19, 2009
Hey poodle, most people do not live in the city that they work in so it does not automatically mean more infrastructure needs. 78% of professionals work in separate cities from where they live. Unless we are talking about a company like google or any other large corporate campus the impact is minimal. by the way I hate poodles.
Yellow Lab

Leominster, MA

#28 Nov 19, 2009
Concerned Citizen wrote:
Hey poodle, most people do not live in the city that they work in so it does not automatically mean more infrastructure needs. 78% of professionals work in separate cities from where they live. Unless we are talking about a company like google or any other large corporate campus the impact is minimal. by the way I hate poodles.
Bull Sh*t! The people drive to their jobs don't they? They need infrastructure to move their businesses forward. Hotels, stores, roads, houses, kids, schools, teachers, police, fire...everything gets bigger and who pays? The taxpayer, that's who! The proof is in the reality of it all. I have a friend in Bolton whose taxes just almost doubled due to the school system and now it is the 2nd fastest growing community in MA...their taxes with more the double with what's going on over there. New Library, new police and fire station along with three new developments being built and more kids going to the schools...who's going to pay for that now? The people who live there! by the way, I hate liars!
Concerned Citizen 3

Leominster, MA

#29 Nov 19, 2009
Concerned Citizen wrote:
Hey poodle, most people do not live in the city that they work in so it does not automatically mean more infrastructure needs. 78% of professionals work in separate cities from where they live. Unless we are talking about a company like google or any other large corporate campus the impact is minimal. by the way I hate poodles.
Good One Concerned Citizen..I fully agree with everything your wrote..including the part about hating poodles...is that even a real dog?
Concerned Citizen

Westford, MA

#30 Nov 19, 2009
Are you telling me that all the roads are clogged, the hotels are 100% booked every night, there are no houses for sale in the city, don't be such a horse's as.s.

The infrastructure is already in place although I'll agree a new high school is needed but not due to overcrowding. The place is falling down around itself due to the age of the place. Same with the police station.
Leominster Resident

Leominster, MA

#31 Nov 19, 2009
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You can change your screen name, but... you are still "supporter of Dino".
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No, my name is Leominster Resident but I do support 'Dino' and am proud of it!
smarter

Leominster, MA

#32 Nov 19, 2009
Okay whatever! You are going to have to prove to the people of Leominster that new businesses, roads, sewage, schools, firestations...just the beginning of what is needed is not going to raise taxes.... If you can do this, Concerned Citizen, then you should run for office then. Secondly, if you know so much why aren't you in charge!
Concerned Citizen 2

Bedford, MA

#33 Nov 19, 2009
smarter wrote:
Okay whatever! You are going to have to prove to the people of Leominster that new businesses, roads, sewage, schools, firestations...just the beginning of what is needed is not going to raise taxes.... If you can do this, Concerned Citizen, then you should run for office then. Secondly, if you know so much why aren't you in charge!
And what exactly are you doing to improve the community? Are you saying that we should drive all businesses away? Like Fitchburg? You must have all the answers so I will await your reply....patiently.....
smarter

Leominster, MA

#34 Nov 19, 2009
Concerned Citizen 2 wrote:
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And what exactly are you doing to improve the community? Are you saying that we should drive all businesses away? Like Fitchburg? You must have all the answers so I will await your reply....patiently.....
I don't have all the answers, like you think you do, and at the same time I'm not trying to change people's mind on some two-bit forum. I do believe business need to pay their way to do business in a town. Why should the people who have lived here forever pay more money in taxes to have a buiness down the street comtribute nothing to the society and yet be the cause of the raised taxes. Small stores, small businesses aren't the problem, it's the big corporate owned businesses and box stores that should for tax increases.

Secondly, if the only way you can make money is work for someone else, then you should spend time, stress and all that is involved in driving to Boston daily.
Concerned Citizen 3

Leominster, MA

#35 Nov 19, 2009
smarter wrote:
Okay whatever! You are going to have to prove to the people of Leominster that new businesses, roads, sewage, schools, firestations...just the beginning of what is needed is not going to raise taxes.... If you can do this, Concerned Citizen, then you should run for office then. Secondly, if you know so much why aren't you in charge!
Concerned Citizen..you are my hero...you should be in charge
harem

Clinton, MA

#36 Nov 20, 2009
Concerned Citizen wrote:
Are you telling me that all the roads are clogged, the hotels are 100% booked every night, there are no houses for sale in the city, don't be such a horse's as.s.
The infrastructure is already in place although I'll agree a new high school is needed but not due to overcrowding. The place is falling down around itself due to the age of the place. Same with the police station.
There is big money involved here so the PR machine is in full force. This means the Mayor's PR Harem is in full force on the blog trying to keep the PR machine rolling.

This is taxpayer money, allocated to create jobs, being used to build a road for a private developer's housing project in another town. Industrial park and promise of jobs is a ploy used to get grant money. By the time anyone figures out the grant money didn't create any new jobs, it will be all spent. Do you think anyone would be forced to pay it back?

and the Harem response is...
Wasted dollars

Bolton, MA

#37 Nov 20, 2009
Leominster Resident wrote:
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This statement is so untrue..hence an 'opinion'. I can name many other contractors that have 'ethic' issues and need background checks. Good Job Mr. Whitney!
That is not untrue, I know several friends and business acquaintances that had to go through the courts to get their money from him. I am just stating facts. You can deflect all you want, but a leopard doesn't change his spots. Maybe you are one of the fortunate ones that actually have a good relationship with him, but you are in the minority.

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