What's the Latest on the Yentile Farm Planning?
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With the high school project and subsequent appeals topping town issues in recent weeks and months, one project has flown under the radar in Wilmington.
The town recently finalized its purchase of Yentile Farm. And for our latest "You Ask… Patch Answers," one reader wants to know what the next steps are for the land.
“How can Wilmington citizens stay involved in the planning efforts for the Yentile Farm project?” the reader asked.
Board of Selectmen chairman Mike Newhouse said the question is not only a good one, but also a timely one.
Newhouse said he plans to put the topic on the agenda for the board’s next meeting, scheduled for Monday, August 13.
“The first thing residents can do is tune in then,” said Newhouse. “We’ll have a conversation about how we want to handle the process and figure out exactly how to use it. It’s a very timely question and a topic that is on our radar.”
Selectman Mike Champoux said he has been excited about the purchase since the topic came up several months ago, and said he hopes he and his colleagues will be able to include residents in the planning process.
“We’ll have public meetings, so anyone who is passionate or has strong thoughts and feelings should be aware and continually on the lookout for opportunities to speak about the property,” said Champoux. “Anyone who wants to get a better sense of the process would also be well served to reach out to the Town Manager’s office and he would ultimately take that input into consideration.”
Town officials have not officially decided what to do with the land, but consensus has seemed to be throughout the process that the land would be ideal for recreational space, particularly new athletic fields.
Newhouse also added that he believes the design process will include resident input.
“We’ll figure out a way that is inclusive in getting public participation whether through meetings or other ways for folks who are interested,” said Newhouse. “It will be an inclusive process. Though we haven’t nailed all of it down yet, I’m sure the ideas will be taken into consideration.”
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