Open House and Forum March 24, 2012
at Sand Hill School, 16 Dewey Ave, Sandwich, MA
UPDATE – March 24, 2012 Many thanks to everyone who attended the events yesterday. Because of you, the day was a success. Please check back for further updates.
I want to thank the members of the commission responsible for helping to pull this together: Ellen Carlson, Jonathan Shaw, Don Bayley, Carolyn Crowell, and Jennifer Madden.
Any time a new plan in Sandwich is developed and future land use is changed every neighbor’s property is impacted. Some residents accept that the impacts on their property or their neighborhood may have long range benefits to the community as a whole; others will see any impact as a direct threat to their rights as landowners. Both sides are equal parts of the planning debate.
The Sandwich Historical Commission is very fortunate to have as facilitator, co-vice chair, Ellen Carlson. The duties of her full-time career as community planner with the National Park Service make her uniquely qualified to coordinate the Sand Hill School community visioning event.
I hope you will have the opportunity to tour the building and participate in the public forum that follows. See our NEWS page for more details.
If you are not able to attend the forum please send an email to Ellen Carlson at ecarlson[at]sandwichhistory.org with your comments and we will incorporate them into the discussion.
Terry Blake, Chair
The Sandwich Board of Selectmen, on January 19, 2012, voted 4-0, with one abstention, to leave the Clark-Haddad building in place. A proposal by the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce to move the Clark-Haddad building and turn it into a visitors center was turned down.
Before the vote, Ellen Carlson, a member of the Sandwich Historical Commission said her board would seek public input at a yet-to-be scheduled meeting in March or April. The forum would include a building tour and would solicit ideas for possible uses. “It’s not in terrible shape. It’s not falling over,” Carlson said. “We have some time to think about this.”
Click here to view the entire article from the Cape Cod Times.
As 2011 draws to a close the Sandwich Historical Commission finds itself weighing the merits of two controversial issues and pursuing another that few people considered an issue at all.
The request from the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce for the town to give them the Sand Hill School/Clark-Haddad building for use as a visitor’s center is the most difficult problem the SHC has faced in its forty years of existence. At the core of the problem is the question of the best way to preserve one of only two remaining historic school buildings in Sandwich. Continue reading A View From The Chair – December 2011