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Response to letter on streetscape project

Norm Cohen, on behalf of the unanimous Board of Selectmen
April 21, 2016
The Lexington Minuteman

A letter to the Minuteman on April 7, by Lee Connor, claims that all public discussion on the Center Streetscape Project was closed in November and that certain parties have been excluded from project discussions. This is incorrect. The Board recognizes there are many valid and differing opinions about the eventual outcome of this important project for the Center, but we should all agree on accurately representing facts.

The Board has actively encouraged public participation in this project since it began in 2011, most recently with four meetings from November 2015 through the end of January 2016 at which public input and participation was welcomed. These occurred on Nov. 30, Dec. 21, Jan. 4, and Jan. 12.

In addition, all regularly scheduled meetings of the Board of Selectmen include a public comment period for items not on the agenda and residents have taken the opportunity to address the Board on this topic.

At the broadly attended public meeting of Jan. 12 held in the Cary Memorial Building, the public was invited to focus on the design elements of the Streetscape project to be brought to Town Meeting in future years. The purpose of this meeting, clearly stated at the opening, was to elicit public reaction that will inform the completion of the design. The designs shown were not complete and should not be thought of as cast in stone.

The Board has created a Center Streetscape Design Review ad hoc Committee to evaluate and make a recommendation on various design elements (excluding engineering items related to traffic) for the Center Streetscape Project.

We look forward to continuing this open process and for all residents to feel engaged and free to express their perspectives on a revitalized Lexington Center.

Norm Cohen

on behalf of the unanimous Board of Selectmen

This letter originally appeared in The Lexington Minuteman on April 21, 2016

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