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Planning Board Candidate Keith Anderson: Tewksbury Needs To Move Forward

Mar 09, 2015 01:53PM ● By Bill Gilman

Keith Anderson is running for a seat on the Tewksbury Planning Board.

As a lifelong resident and a second generation business owner, Keith Anderson has a love affair with Tewksbury.
But Anderson, the owner of Anderson Flooring, isn't jealous, he'd like to see more and more business owners and developers have that same relationship with the town. To generate those feelings, he said the town needs to make sure it isn't play too "hard to get" when suitors come courting.
"(Tewksbury) could be more business friendly. I'd like to see it made easier for businesses to do business with the town," said Anderson. "I'd like to see Tewksbury more attractive to the next generation so that those people who come here, stay here."
With that in mind, Anderson made the 11th hour decision to run for a five-year term on the Planning Board. With Chairman David Plunkett stepping off the board, the race is between Anderson and George Ferdinand, neither of whom has held elected office before.
However, Anderson says he learned quite a bit about Planning Board procedures while serving 35 years on the Nashua, NH Fire Department, including several years as deputy chief.
"My responsibilities included working with the Planning Board on projects being able to answer questions for them. I attended many meetings," he said. "I think the third I learned will help me in (serving) on the Planning Board."
His curiosity about municipal planning and procedures has led him to attend several Tewksbury Planning Board meetings.
Anderson has come away from those meetings with a clear vision for the role the board should play.
"I want to make sure everyone, including business owners, are getting what they are looking for from the board in an objective manner," he said. "I want to make sure the board is being responsive to the citizens and working in the best interests of the town."
Anderson said he supports the work be done and planned on Route 38 and enthusiastically supports the town center village project. Anderson Flooring is located within the proposed village district.
"I have nothing against pizza places and salons but I'd like to see more mom and pop shops, especially in the center area," said Anderson. "Stores like Bernard's Jewelers or like mine."
Anderson also said he would like to see more done to aggressive market and develop sections of South Tewksbury.
"There are two vacant parcels, one across from Haffner's and one across from Jim Boudreau's (Automotive). I'd like to see what can be done with these folks to get these places filled."

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