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How Do You Envision The Future of the Lead Mills Property?

How do you think the Lead Mills property would be best utilized?

The Lead Mills Property on Lafayette Street. Patch file photo.
The Lead Mills Property on Lafayette Street. Patch file photo.
The Town of Marblehead has retained a team of students from the Conways School of Landscape Architecture to develop design alternatives for the Lead Mills property, located at the Salem-Marblehead line at 485 Lafayette Street.

The town will be holding a public meeting/workshop on Thursday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at the Marblehead Community Center on Humphrey Street.  

This initiative is intended to develop ideas for a functional design of this newly acquired piece of open space that is jointly owned with the city of Salem.

The Conway School’s student team has met with key stake holders and is conducting a site analysis and working on preliminary alternatives. The workshop on May 15th will include a project overview and a summary of the site analysis.  This workshop is meant to be interactive in order to gather guidance and comments from citizens, stakeholders and various boards and committees. Public input at this stage of the project is valuable to ensure a useful outcome.

A second public hearing will be held on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 7 PM the Abbot Public Library downstairs conference room 235 Pleasant Street. This meeting will include a presentation of the findings and design concepts that the student team develops.

We are inviting interested officials and citizens from both Salem and Marblehead to attend.

If you have any questions, please contact Marblehead Town Planner Becky Cutting at 781-631-0000curranr@marblehead.org or Salem Conservation Agent/Staff Planner Tom Devine 978-619-5682 tdevine@salem.com.
Nancy Davidge May 02, 2014 at 09:39 AM
The open field would be a great place for dogs to run!
Missy Scarlet May 02, 2014 at 11:38 AM
I agree with Nancy. I am not a dog owner, but I know that dogs need to be able to RUN, especially large breeds. I think it would be a great place for a dog park.
MHH101 May 02, 2014 at 07:46 PM
The town of Marblehead already has a dog park (e.g. off Lime St.). Why do we need another? All of the residents of Marblehead are paying for the Lead Mills property / open space via an increase in their property tax (e.g. not just dog owners). Additionally, it is part of a path used by walkers, joggers, bikers etc. and would require a fencing for their well being (e.g. from dogs off leash) . Since the residents voted for open space, lets keep it that way and create more issue (e.g. parking).
Kathie May 03, 2014 at 06:37 AM
A nice park with different themed garden spaces with benches to sit on and watch the world go by.
Ronald K. Olson May 04, 2014 at 07:53 PM
Please leave it just as it is

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