Time to re­con­sider boathouse plan?

The Day - - OPINION -

The two hour reit­er­a­tion of pre­vi­ous meet­ings by the lead­er­ship of the boathouse pro­ject, plus their in­tro­duc­tion of ex­pan­sion and in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion plans (i.e. 31 park­ing spa­ces, of­fices, “traf­fic calm­ing” via traf­fic jams) left lit­tle time and en­ergy in the third hour for pub­lic in­put and for ba­sic ques­tions re­gard­ing the le­gal­i­ties, the fund­ing, the res­o­lu­tion to com­plex problems.

Seven years have now gone into plan­ning this pro­ject; fund­ing is not at hand; the pub­lic have not got­ten be­hind this. That pub­lic has al­ready lost Mys­tic to tourism, re-brand­ing, cor­po­rate over­reach, de­struc­tion/al­ter­ation of his­tory, con­flicts of in­ter­est, and de­ple­tion of ameni­ties and lack of cul­tural diver­sity, along with in­ad­e­quate in­fra­struc­ture.

Per­haps it must be ac­cepted that when money, ad­e­quate land, res­i­dents’ com­fort (and bikes and knowl­edge) are not at hand, the pro­ject must be to­tally re­con­sid­ered. Nancy d’Es­tang Old Mys­tic

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