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Have your say about McIntyre project at upcoming


Posted Feb 28, 2019 at 2:52 PM

Updated Feb 28, 2019 at 2:52 PM


Feb. 28 -- To the Editor:


This Tuesday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the City Council Chambers, the City Council and its development partner Redgate/Kane will present a 3D visual model of its current McIntyre Project proposal (of 77 residential and 44 commercial units, no public parking, no Post Office and no public park.) According to the press release,“The team has taken the Jan. 7 input into consideration and produced this to help the community further understand the parameters of the Historic Monument Program and added vitality than can be introduced to this site; actions and decisions by the City Council, including an analysis of a financial plan, will occur at a later date.”


I encourage everyone to attend this meeting. I’m sure we’ll all be impressed.


Following the presentation, according to to the press release, “the meeting will break out into listening sessions so people have the opportunity to directly ask questions to City staff and the development team in a smaller setting.” According to Councilor Chris Dwyer, “The groups will be in four separate rooms so there should be no difficulty hearing the discussion. Small group discussions will be documented and everyone will get back together in a large group at the end so major themes can be shared.” Many of us, including Senator Martha Fuller Clark, have voiced objection to this format as a waste of time, asking instead that the presentation simply be followed by a question and answer period. We’d all like to be able to hear all of the questions and all of the answers, not just 1/4 of them and the rest translated by the council. If you agree, ask the council to cancel this idea.


And, if you still have questions or concerns about this project after the meeting, please attend the “Town Hall Meeting on the McIntyre,” Tuesday, March 19, 6 p.m. at 3S Artspace, sponsored by RevisitMcIntyre.


There will be a presentation of the issues involved in the current Kane/Redgate proposal, options for the future, and ways that you can make a difference. Speakers will include Senator Martha Fuller Clark and others. Questions and answers from the public are most welcome. Refreshments will be available.


Bill Hamilton


Portsmouth

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