You may have already received the request for your attendance at Wrentham's Annual Town Meeting (Monday, June 10th at 7:30pm at KP High), but please bear with me. This Monday's town meeting may be by far the most important when it comes to future development in the Route 1 area of our town.
Wrentham needs YOUR YES vote on Article 9.
Vote YES to give Wrentham control over development on Madison Street. On Monday, we will be presented with the opportunity to finally begin bringing new business to the Route 1 area. A developer has come forward with a plan to build a hotel and retail establishments on approximately 47 acres of land abutting Rte 1, 495, and Madison Street with access off of the corner of Madison Street. This development may pave the way for future commercial opportunities on Rte 1 in Wrentham.
However, to keep these opportunities in Wrentham, your YES to rezoning vote is needed. Wrentham needs a 2/3's vote to pass this initiative, and I am counting on each of you to bring your spouse and/or a friend or two and help mold Wrentham's fiscal future at the annual town meeting on Monday.
Why vote yes? I hope the attached map and Q&A written by Wrentham's Economic Development Committee help answer that question. Should you have further questions, please don't hesitate to email me.
Why all the negative press? You may have read letters to the editor written in local papers asking Wrentham voters to vote no to rezoning. It is my belief that residents are gambling on the chance that should Article 9 not pass, all will remain the same - a 47 acre plot of vacant land. However, what if that's not true? The difference between this coming Monday's vote to rezone the Madison Street parcels and similar requests made in the past is that this time there is a very interested developer who is coming forward with a plan. Should the initiative fail, he is prepared to enact Plan B (read the Q&A for more information). I'm not the gambling type and would personally prefer to have some control over what is going to happen to Wrentham land and I hope you do too!
Please come to town meeting on Monday, June 10th, at 7:30pm and listen to both sides of the story. Ask questions, raise concerns, be an informed resident, and most importantly, VOTE!
Thank you. I look forward to seeing you Monday.Joanna McFarlane
Vice-Chair, Wrentham Economic Development Committee