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Planning Board Virtual Debate: What Is Your Vision For Future Tewksbury Development?

Apr 06, 2015 08:53AM ● By Bill Gilman

Planning Board Candidates George Ferdinand and Keith Anderson.

The Tewksbury Municipal Election is Saturday, April 11. The only contested race on the ballot is for one five-year term on the Planning Board between George Ferdinand and Keith Anderson.
Neither candidate has held elected position in Tewksbury previously.
To help inform voters, Your Tewksbury Today asked the candidates a series of questions related to planning and development in Tewksbury. We are publishing their answers in a series of four articles this week.
This is the first in that series of four.

Question 1 -- What is your vision for future Tewksbury Development?

My belief is not just new development but keeping and attracting new business to vacant store fronts along the 38 or Main Street corridor from Wilmington to Lowell.
There are currently store fronts and office space, vacant lots that needs the attention of all Tewksbury boards and committees, landlords and residents to enhance this space and get these fronts occupied.
I am a proponent of Center and Village overlay, as people may live, work, shop within theses settings to produce revenue from all aspects of this setting along with encouraging new folks to look to Tewksbury as a place to be.
On the industrial side, the town needs to look out to the west (Woburn Street area) to the north (Route 133 )where 495 intersects at both these areas.
We should look to our vacant land owned by town and move such land to revenue. Along this vain infrastructure needs to be a top priority.

Other than the 8 points on our campaign website at
www, ,  the vision Includes some of the following before surrounding towns get them.
A Dell Webb community for those over 55 years old. 
Chuck E. Cheese would be great for children and their families. 
An Emagine Theatre would attract teenagers, young adults and many others.
In the old Friendly's, a Brighams or Chik-Fil-A would seem a good fit.
For campers, hunters and fishers, a Cabelas is the ticket.
Ben & Jerry"s, Whole Foods and Costco would attract many from surrounding towns.
The town center should have a beauty shop, barber shop and possibly a community players facility and dance studio.
In a longer view, a combined Police and Fire Department under one roof. 
Off of the 93 and Tewksbury exits I would try to attract two logistic firms and two Research and Development firms with good paying jobs because of two of our regional jewels, Boston a world class city and the surrounding highway system that can reach at least 4 states within an hour-and-a-half.

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