Saturday, February 4, 2017

Officials review vacant school development draft study

School and town officials got their first look at a draft marketing study designed to assist in the sale of the long-vacant Park Street School in Springfield during a meeting of the Park Street School Subcommittee Tuesday night. The committee is targeting mid-February as a date to have the final draft ready.

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  1. 24 million to renovate a $300,000 building?????? Oh yeah, they'll be lining up to buy that!!!!

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  2. How many years of this nonsense does it take for all of these incompetent Springfield "leaders" to finally screw the light bulb in and have a rare moment of clarity to decide to tear the building down? These people should be wearing clown costumes to all of their meetings.

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  3. The town voted to sell the building years ago not to spend $24 million to fix it up and then sell for $300,000 with a clause that the new owners would not have to pay property taxes. Also there was no vote to spend the money on this study which is worthless.

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    1. All I'm saying is that to buy a building for 300k and then have to spend 24 million to fix it up is a non-starter. It's an old school, what could it possibly be used for? MORE LOW INCOME HOUSING? I hope not! The only thing I can see is a satellite campus for a college, which would be GREAT, but unlikely. A convention center? Not going to happen here! So, what then?

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  4. When are our town officials going to give up the pipe dream and stop wasting time and taxpayer dollars on this issue? I'm with 8:14 AM above, as much as I am opposed to any more low income public housing in Springfield, one of the few possibilities for this property would be to turn it into more senior housing. I'm not even sure about using it for that purpose as the site wouldn't allow for adequate parking space for a large number of people.

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    1. 8:14 here. I once suggested the property be used for senior housing, or some type of housing/service center for veterans, but got shouted down. Either of these would be a good use for the building, as opposed to the slum housing many veterans and seniors currently live in. It would also generate revenue, as these groups usually recieve Social Security or VA benefits.

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    2. It would be a better location for the "transitional" housing for young adults in my opinion. The gym could be saved to provide community and resident recreation. without the playground out back, there should be substantial parking availability.

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    3. Absolutely! Downtown is the WORST place for that type of social experimentation. Numerous credible studies have shown that placing disadvantaged people in close proximity to the more fortunate only INCREASES social tension, while doing nothing for those individuals. Homeless and poor people walk past my house every day, on their way to the Family Center. Many of them are nice enough; some even smile and say "Hello." But the dirty looks and rude comments from some are not only unwelcome, but undeserved! A certain level of "social distance" is better for all concerned.

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  5. Have a salvage company come in and remove all soapstone sinks and counters, marble from the hallway, the staircase spindles, get as much money as the SSD can, then implode and clean up. Sell the property .

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