Redeveloping for the future
Community Development Director Mark Brinson said Thursday the proposed site for the Goshen Community Center fits with the vision the River Race Redevelopment Committee had for the parcel of land.
The land, along the west bank of the millrace, across the water from the Hawks Building, will be donated to the project, pending the approval of the project through the referendum vote, according to a resolution passed by the Redevelopment Commission in October.
“If the bonds are passed, there would be a formal agreement written up,” Brinson said Thursday.
Brinson said the Redevelopment Commission will also have a commission member on the technical committee for the project, according to what Stahly said at the October meeting. This person would look at the project and other intended development along the millrace and try to keep projects in similar styles, according to Brinson.
The spot of land intended for the community center previously held buildings for the Street Department, and at one time long ago possibly held a trolley repair shop and a construction company’s headquarters, Brinson said. The north portion of the property also had structures from the Hawks Furniture Co.
“We did a clean-up project,” Brinson said. “It involved removal of the contaminated soil, and things like buried fuel tanks, and then we put a soil cap on the site.”
Brinson said the development is a positive move for the community — one that might generate even more development.
“One thing we see as a positive from this project is that it will bring people to downtown,” Brinson said. “It’s also an amenity to serve the residents in that area near the millrace and Goshen, and it could bring more development to that area. From a larger community perspective, I see it as a project that would add to the quality of life downtown.”