Mixed-use plan for center defeated

Full story: Lowell Sun

Jeff Parenti's childhood was straight out of Mayberry. Growing up near Concord town center, he spent summers trading baseball cards at the five-and-ten, eating ice-cream cones at the soda shop, playing baseball in a nearby park.

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uncle sam

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May 13, 2009
 
I am glad that article was shot down. Parenti's vision not so good have you ever seen the traffic in that area there are 4 traffic lights and no one moves. This is Billerica not his vision of lowell 3 story buildings?
former billerica resident

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May 13, 2009
 
uncle sam, if you look at any of the "nice" towns (Bedford, Lexington, Wellesley), they have town centers or downtowns more or less the way Parenti described. Of course, that would never happen in Billerica. People in Billerica like the town center the way it is...which is why it will never be a place people want to go.
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May 13, 2009
 
former billerica resident wrote:
uncle sam, if you look at any of the "nice" towns (Bedford, Lexington, Wellesley), they have town centers or downtowns more or less the way Parenti described. Of course, that would never happen in Billerica. People in Billerica like the town center the way it is...which is why it will never be a place people want to go.
Sadly, I have to agree with this comment.
former billerica resident

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May 13, 2009
 
Concordian wrote:
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Sadly, I have to agree with this comment.
It's really too bad. It's like it got stuck in the 70s/80s after the strip malls were put in around the center. It would have been nice to see a revitalization of that area. As it is, it's pretty embarrassing.
dave

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#5
May 13, 2009
 
we have no vision we just react. Very very sad. We have no center,it is dressed up rotary. I can't wait for those that live around mall complain when the next proposal comes through. We are a city not a town. Look at the population. The locals did not like it because it was not there idea. In two years when the mizxed use on The Turnpike in Bedford and burlington are success we will have people asking "why can't we have soemthing like that in Town" instead of strip malls and rundown 1970's mall. SAD SAD SAD
Joey

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#6
May 13, 2009
 
For something like this to work for any existing town, it would require a collaboration of town officials, local business, and property owners. It would also require $$$$ which is not very abundant these days.
seymorebutts

Lexington, MA

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May 13, 2009
 
dave wrote:
we have no vision we just react. Very very sad. We have no center,it is dressed up rotary. I can't wait for those that live around mall complain when the next proposal comes through. We are a city not a town. Look at the population. The locals did not like it because it was not there idea. In two years when the mizxed use on The Turnpike in Bedford and burlington are success we will have people asking "why can't we have soemthing like that in Town" instead of strip malls and rundown 1970's mall. SAD SAD SAD
MIXED USE ? turnpike in Bedford? all there is on the turnpike in bedford are industrial parks! no returaunts no shopping just buildings.
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May 13, 2009
 
there is mixed use tha thas been buitl at the corner of Plank st and the turnpike, obviously you have not seen it being built for the past two years.
Tewksbury Citizen

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#9
May 13, 2009
 
Though I'm not sure how the article was written in Billerica's case, a similar article proposed by Tewksbury's Planning Board was just passed favorably at our own Town Mtg. which I consider a positive measure for the Town. With an "overlay district" area, the underlying zoning remains the SAME (ie commercial), it is "optional" in that existing businesses can operate as usual, it changes nothing. But with redevelopment it gives an added incentive to incorporate smart growth initiatives following architectural design guidelines in accordance with the Town's Master Plan. It is an added "layer of protection" against further strip malls and large box retail, which in turn enhances a town village concept/feel. It encourages rather than snuff out local business. As someone else commented, it is a visionary tool for CAREFUL PLANNING which is pro-active rather than reactive.
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#10
May 13, 2009
 
How could such a well-envisioned project add anymore traffic and fire dept strain than a massive 40B development? What about the high density housing that was constructed off of Rt. 3 south 1-2 years ago? I am sure that has strained city resources. And in terms of parking, most buildings are required to provide their own parking. In Bedford Center, much of the parking is *behind* each business, not on the main street. Billerica Center is somewhat nice as it is now, but outside of that, it is all strip malls and old or over-developed, generally not a very desirable town to live in, esp. for the younger generation with disposable incomes.
Shenanigans

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#11
May 13, 2009
 
Whether you were for or against the article you have to admit that something is rotten in Denmark Sure a bunch of people had already spoken, a large majority were opposed. Sure, a motion to close talk on it failed, because those in favor had not had an opportunity to speak. As soon as a few spoke in favor - BANG! the talk was stopped. I call SHENANIGANS
Americans

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May 13, 2009
 
Shenanigans wrote:
Whether you were for or against the article you have to admit that something is rotten in Denmark Sure a bunch of people had already spoken, a large majority were opposed. Sure, a motion to close talk on it failed, because those in favor had not had an opportunity to speak. As soon as a few spoke in favor - BANG! the talk was stopped. I call SHENANIGANS
FREE SPEECH took a big hit in Billerica last night shame on the Moderator!!!
amused

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May 13, 2009
 
beej wrote:
How could such a well-envisioned project add anymore traffic and fire dept strain than a massive 40B development? What about the high density housing that was constructed off of Rt. 3 south 1-2 years ago? I am sure that has strained city resources. And in terms of parking, most buildings are required to provide their own parking. In Bedford Center, much of the parking is *behind* each business, not on the main street. Billerica Center is somewhat nice as it is now, but outside of that, it is all strip malls and old or over-developed, generally not a very desirable town to live in, esp. for the younger generation with disposable incomes.
It's definitely not a cool town to live in. I grew up there and couldn't wait to get out. Now I have money to spend and I wouldn't go into Billerica to do so. There is nothing to do and nowhere to shop or mingle. You have to go into downtown Lowell or Boston to find something decent to do on a Saturday night. There isn't even anywhere to bike, walk, jog or push a stroller, unless you try a main drag with no sidewalks or resort to staying in your cul-de-sac.
The Moonbats are out

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May 13, 2009
 
The Moonbats took a hit last night. This was a BIG slap to the moonbats on the Planning Board (Casey and Mahoney) and the Anti-Home Depot crew. They got their heads handed to them. They think their vision is the best for the town and Town Meeting saw right through their gross power play attempt.
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#15
May 13, 2009
 
About time Casey was thrown out - he should be thrown off the Planning Board. He's a condescending egotistical individual that has done more on the Planning Board to hurt this town that can be imagined. His stubbornness has put the safety of kids at risk on Biagiotti Way. He led the charge there saying we would win - and we LOST.
Americans

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May 13, 2009
 
The Moonbats are out wrote:
The Moonbats took a hit last night. This was a BIG slap to the moonbats on the Planning Board (Casey and Mahoney) and the Anti-Home Depot crew. They got their heads handed to them. They think their vision is the best for the town and Town Meeting saw right through their gross power play attempt.
When the town of Billerica uses Sal, Donald, Tony and Fred as their visionaries,
HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM.
The only good thing was, a majority saw thru the scare tactic. So there is hope!!!
Sal for President

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May 13, 2009
 
Mickey wrote:
About time Casey was thrown out - he should be thrown off the Planning Board. He's a condescending egotistical individual that has done more on the Planning Board to hurt this town that can be imagined. His stubbornness has put the safety of kids at risk on Biagiotti Way. He led the charge there saying we would win - and we LOST.
Maybe you can enlighted us on how Casey has damaged Billerica.

Awaiting your reply!
Bedford Boy

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May 13, 2009
 
The Moonbats are out wrote:
The Moonbats took a hit last night. This was a BIG slap to the moonbats on the Planning Board (Casey and Mahoney) and the Anti-Home Depot crew. They got their heads handed to them. They think their vision is the best for the town and Town Meeting saw right through their gross power play attempt.
For those who thought that this articleand the proposed "vision" was a "tiny step" in the right direction and are wondering why it lost, please note this statement on "moonbats!" It explains everthing.
Typical

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#19
May 13, 2009
 
Like Casey or not, his point was completely valid. Mr. Moderator, where in the by-laws does it state that you can stifle open, civil discussion on items being presented? Billerica, what we saw last night was the failure of Democracy. Town Meeting is the oldest and truest form of Democracy in this country. It is where people have the right to be heard and represented. If the table would have been turned, and those opposed to the overlay district been stopped from speaking and it passed, the banter on this posting board today would have been completely different, Iím sure. Mr. Casey, as did every other person who wished to speak, had every right to stand and be heard. I applaud Casey for standing his ground. In typical fashion, I am now reading the anonymous attacks on Casey as an individual. As a Billerica resident, a taxpaying professional, and a person who was taught to treat others with respect, I find these attacks on Casey to be juvenile and completely offensive. Those who make them are completely missing the point of what happened.
Please Explain

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May 13, 2009
 
I've seen the term before but don't understand what it means... what's a moonbat?

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