Getting a grip on Devens
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#1 Dec 18, 2009
This wholoe "Devens" thing has been a scam from the get go. It created a quasi public agency that competed with the towns to attract businesses. When this appeared to dry up it started to 'add' housing , a little at first but enough to build a critical mass that can't be changed.
like any government agency, the principal players are long gone and the taxpayers are left to pay for it.
#2 Dec 19, 2009
Just a big money pit. How much do the taxpayers dump into that boondoggle for for the streetlighting and landscaping around that place. Half the area towns can't afford the amount of streetlights just on Jackson road.
#3 Dec 23, 2009
Both previous comments are inaccurate.
Devens didn't create a public agency, the agency already existed. At the time it was called the Land Bank. The Land Bank purchased many other parcels of land across the state. Some have been successfully redeveloped, some not.
The Land Bank morphed into Mass Developement after the Reuse Plan passed.
I was here when the Reuse Plan was created, discussed, amended, amended some more and eventually passed in what was a unique arrangement requiring the unanimity of the four host towns to approve the Plan as well as any changes to it going forward. Lancaster opted out of the process, leaving the residents of the towns of Ayer, Harvard and Shirley as the decison makers.
THEN things began to change because the STATE wanted more control. Now there are six so-called 'stakeholders': MassDev, DEC and the Devens Advisory Committee, all banded together to divide the host towns in an effort to force their wants (not needs) on us.
To say what the hundreds of people did in 1993 and 1994 to save the region from potential economic disarray following the closure of the military is no longer appropriate 'for what we are trying to do now' is a slap in the face of everyone who lived here then.
The fact that this is being promoted by those who didn't live here or participate in the planning is no surprise. I don't hear anyone who did participate finding fault with the process or the Plan and the majority of us would like to see it completed as written.
Those who moved in after the fact should have done their research before they signed the P&S!
#4 Dec 23, 2009
yea right...pretty soon all those abandoned warehouses are going to be senior citizen housing like fitchburg decided to do,,,,,ever really drive around devens and see all those boarded up buildings
#5 Dec 23, 2009
nothing that is built or developed on Devens benefits Ayer, thet stick it to us in so many ways every chance they get....we are not as dumb as they would like to think
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