I was rather surprised at the answer to a question posed to Attleboro City Council candidate Richard Conti at the forum a couple of weeks ago.
He suggested that one solution to the on Ides Hill was to rezone it to general business, which is a smaller implementation of commercial zoning. I am not exactly sure what he is thinking, or perhaps he has forgotten the whole reason why the city embarked on an Industrial Business Park. It was not to create more fast-food chains and mini-malls.
I personally feel that it is not the place to invite businesses such as a , , and other small retail stores with heavy traffic. I had thought the concept of the IBP Park was to draw low traffic businesses that would help re-build our industrial tax base, give small businesses a place to expand, and provide good jobs for our citizens.
Rezone it and you are inviting heavy traffic down Rt. 123 and County Street, as well as the whole Ides Hill neighborhood. You will soon need additional traffic lights and a widened road. We don’t want County Street or even Commerce Way to look like Route 1 or Pleasant Street.
I have always been concerned about the preservation of our neighborhoods as we move forward as a city. This is something that is heavily addressed in the new Comprehensive Plan. The directive and goal is to try to maintain and preserve the character of exiting established neighborhoods while continuing to grow as a city.
I am personally hoping that the are dealing with can lead to a solution to the park that will bring business and quality jobs to Attleboro. I hope Mr. Conti will rethink his idea on this matter.