The early morning session brought a Moose close to the packing house, interested in the new habitat proposed or likely just enjoying all the apples that have not been cared for this year. The DPZ team was asking if it was real or not, as the news spread through the session and design area, bringing smiles to those that live in Londonderry.
Twenty attended Environment and Parks, and gathered around a table. Open space was a large part of the discussion; trying to get as much land as possible dedicated to open space. Those wishes were both by residents and DPZ to incorporate them into the designs.
Retail, reviled according to DPZ, that “people like shipping outside, especially in winter climates.” People don’t want chains; mostly neat little shops. Everyone feels malls are boring. This is different. The 40 that attended were told that “you need a couple of anchor stores to help the specialty shops. Market Basket is one of the anchors. The lot will support two other box store types when built out. That is just the area near Route 102.”
As we gathered information at the event for the series of stories, the DPZ designers were busy working away on drawings, even late into the night. Those items will be used in a “Pin-Up” session tonight at 7pm, open to the public. Be sure to stop in, we will do our best to get images and share those with you Friday.
Schools and recreation were also sparsely attended, about 40 were at the evening session. Some have not been happy with the day sessions since they were not able to get out of work. The opening night session had a estimated 350 attend, though some left early due to the length of the session and others, when the questioning got heated Tuesday night.
After five sessions of Andres indicating, “Young people never come to these sessions,” it was nice to have a half dozen Londonderry teens attend the session. Some of our emails through the day, included the free food to be found at the session, or they were spurred by Mrs. Mee from Londonderry High School to attend for the civics lesson. Though they were planning for future activities for teens that may follow, the young men were very engaged in the conversation. A paintball center appeared to top the list of recreational activities. Intelligent questions about the sports fields and who they would belong to and who would be responsible for maintaining them also were fielded.
At the second day sessions, many appeared to be those that lived near the project along with a few that just wanted to provide input.
When you do stop in they have put up a “Wish List” Board; try to come up with an idea or a complaint and add it to the wall. While many feel and have even told us “the fix is in” you may be able to make a change or add a amenity that would fit your or a neighbors needs.
We have delivered to the town of Londonderry a DVD of Tuesday nigh’ts session; it should be playing right now on CTV 20. Also if you would like to hear a podcast of the session we have added it to the Day 1 story. You can listen online or download the file for your MP3 player.
For other stories on Woodmont Commons read;
Note these stories include hundreds of comments from those that live in Londonderry. We would like to thank our readers for the thoughtful contributions.
Woodmont Design Session, Let’s Build a Community! (This story has the full schedule of meetings)
The Dawn of Design, Day 1 Woodmont Commons Londonderry (Full Color Renderings of preliminary plans)
This audio file is of the 7pm session on Schools, the presenter did not use the audio system in the other sessions on day 2.