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Merrimack Valley

December 10, 2012

School impact comes up in Town Yard talk

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The solution, according to Planning Board member Vincent Chiozzi, is a mixed-use development with high residential density and a rich commercial space that creates “that 24-hour feel.”

“Otherwise, it just feels like a commercial area that closes up at 8 or 9 o’clock at night,” Chiozzi said. “Mixed use is the way to go, and it has so much going for it as a site.”

The two boards will meet with Buckland again on Jan. 7 to review how many school-age children might be generated by different types of development projects. Out of that, a zoning article is expected for Town Meeting that will give residents the opportunity to voice whether they want to rezone the Town Yard land or not.

That vote would possibly pave the way for a future article either relocating the Town Yard off Lewis Street or rebuilding it at its present location.

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