Winthrop residents will have an opportunity to weigh in on the townâ€™s future development plans at a public planning forum on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Cummings School multi-purpose room.
Joseph Domelowicz, grant manager and assistant to Town Manager James McKenna, said the forum is a joint event of the town and the Metropolitan Planning Area Council (MAPC).
A planner from the MAPC has been working with the Planning Board, town officials, and residents on future planning and development efforts in the town. The MAPCâ€™s assistance was secured by a grant.
â€œBasically, what weâ€™re trying to do is get a sense of how people want to see the town grow,â€ said Domelowicz, who is the townâ€™s liaison to the MAPC. â€œAs we look at revitalizing old properties or building new projects, we want to ascertain what kinds of projects we are looking to bring to the town.â€
Currently there are three projects in the pipeline: the conversion of the Dalrymple School building into affordable housing units; the building of an assisted living facility on the former Winthrop Hospital property; and the building of new housing units for people ages 55 and older at the site of Temple Tifereth Israel.
Domelowicz said the forum will address this question: What other kinds of things (besides the three aforementioned projects) should the town be looking for in terms of developing the community?
â€œWe want people to come to the forum and tell us what theyâ€™d like to see in town in terms of businesses, residential developments, mixed-used developments, and other potential projects,â€ said Domelowicz. â€œWe want to hear from the community.â€
Cynthia Wall, a senior regional planner from MAPC, will make a short presentation at the outset of the forum and then seek input from attendees at the forum.
Domelowicz said the MAPC will compile a report with recommendations to the town and the Planning Board on the best course of action for future developments in the town.