Friday, November 27, 2015

Woolson Block is Select Board’s top priority

The Springfield Select Board want to take the down out of downtown.
http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20151127/NEWS02/151129621/

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  1. Springfield needs to buy a big crane with one of those huge iron balls hanging off it.

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  2. We just need to do what Chicago did! Have a fire, blame it on a cow and rebuild.

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  3. chuck gregory11/28/15, 9:26 AM

    The late Springfield patent attorney Bill Moeser proposed hiring a B-24 to lay a string of 500-pounders from the Community Center to the Plywood Palace.

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  4. Unless the current owner defaults on his property taxes, this is going to be a tough situation for the selectmen to deal with. Obviously, they cannot prevent out-of-towners from buying property in Springfield. Absentee owners, as evidenced here, aren't on the same wavelength as local residents.

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    1. Let's build a wall!

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  5. RE: preparing a “futuristic vision of the town”

    It doesn't take a clairvoyant medium to see what the future holds for this town. Just endless blather on the part of Selectboard's under achievers. Blah, blah, blah................

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    1. You could always run to serve on the select board?

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  6. Question ? Selectboard, are you getting the vibe here.?

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  7. Part of Springfield's problem is a stubborn attachment to its now dilapidated past. From the eyesore foundry aspiring to be a rec center to rebuilding the Ellis Block to accommodate the same old Section 8 housing recipients to patching together the outdated Community Center and Park Street School, Springfield continues to get in its own way when it comes to real progress and makes the town that much less desirable for prospective businesses or families to relocate to. It's high time that the town takes the lead and razes the decrepit structures it owns and sells those lots to private entities willing to undertake construction of new, modern facilities.

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    1. But, but 1:48, those private entities are unlikely to build new, modern facilities for low income housing or a community center, eh? What's your plan?

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    2. There you go again, thinking like a consumer of government entitlements.

      Let the market decide how the newly designated private property is to be used and let the town reap the property taxes while ridding itself of costly eyesores and liabilities.

      Springfield needs to get its head out of its (clouds?).

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  8. chuck gregory11/30/15, 8:34 AM

    The federal government's Section 8 program is the reason that America has the best low-income housing in the world. When a landlord friend of mine read the legislation, he told me his reaction was, "Wow! A Landlord Relief Act!" Developers can be motivated to provide excellent and affordable housing in two ways-- positively or negatively. It is up to us to determine what will work. The Planning Commission will soon be addressing a revision of the Town Plan chapter on housing. Stay tuned.

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    1. The Section 8 program is pure vote-getting pandering and is just another program designed to recruit a chronic dependent class that will bend to its every whim. Like most other entitlement programs handing out valuable goodies for nothing or next to nothing, it is consumed by wanton fraud, waste, and abuse. It's also another one of a thousand reasons why the government can never balance its books, but the politicians could care less because it keeps them in office as members of the political elite - at least until the cataclysmic economic collapse that is nearly here.

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    2. Let me guess, your friends name is Will Hunter.

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  9. It is very hard to "row" against the flow, so why not go with the flow ?
    Build a Casino on the land under the Bryant or J&L buildings. Parking can go on the other side with a walkway over Clinton street. The Woolson Block can become a rehab for addicted gamblers. Win Win situation.

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  10. Really, Chuck? If we compare the problems we have had with Section 8 and the Housing Authority, I do believe in Springfield I would go with the Housing Authority. You potentially have problems with any form or subsidized housing, but how do you control the absentee landlords who do just enough to pass a Section 8 inspection and otherwise do zero reference checking of tenants? or their boyfriends?

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    1. chuck gregory12/1/15, 3:54 PM

      Good point, Alpin Jack! I'd go with the Housing Authority, too, since it, unlike private landlords, is accountable to the town.

      And, if I'm not mistaken, The Springfield Housing Authority has the majority of Section 8 certificates in town. I have no idea how landlords are granted them.

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