The Woolwich Observer

Seniors’ housing nixed to maintain rec. space

- Sean Heeger

maintainin­g current recreation space is prompting the township to scrap plans for seniors’ housing in Linwood and St. Clements.

Following a pair of public meetings in November, Wellesley began soliciting input on a proposal to convert township-owned land in the two communitie­s into space available for housing projects. In response, residents were opposed to removing recreation space such as baseball diamonds and soccer fields.

The removal of sports fields was a key considerat­ion in soliciting feedback from the communitie­s, said Geoff VanderBaar­en, the township’s director of planning.

“That was a big considerat­ion for us, and that’s why we went out to the community very early in the process and had a survey available for people to submit. We got an excellent response from those surveys: we had more than 400 people respond in various ways to us, which is very high compared to what we normally see for these types of municipal projects. Even though there was a number of people that were not supportive of taking away the recreation­al land, I think it was a very positive process for the township”

 ?? Sean Heeger ?? Wellesley director of planning Geoff VanderBaar­en will be looking for alternativ­es to the proposed locations for seniors’ housing after resident feedback.
Sean Heeger Wellesley director of planning Geoff VanderBaar­en will be looking for alternativ­es to the proposed locations for seniors’ housing after resident feedback.

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