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The property at Washington and Swanton needs to be redeveloped in an attractive way so that it enhances one of Winchester's most important streets.

If anything they need to tear down what is there so it doesn't look like it's in a war zone.

Anything would be more attractive. Perhaps a mixed use with retail on the first floor. But it would be nice to move forward. Just having it closed with fences and signs indefinitely shouldn't be an... Read more

Thanks for your input Eric, it's great to hear what you envision for this lot. We support proactively readapting underutilized space!

Chuck, what would you like to see on this site? How do you picture the site being used to enhance the area?

How about an update on the CVS and who owns the land? If its CVS they will leave it looking like it does until they get what they want.

Thanks for sharing your concerns about the impacts that new development might have on traffic Cheryl

Chuck, we believe your question will be best answered by the town planning department. Thank you for your curiosity!

The irrational zoning boundary problem that led to loss of the CVS development needs to be corrected so that the development can go forward.

They should just bulldoze the complex and turn the corner into a garden and park with a playground or something. Rather than keep it sitting there. - Just whatever they put in , please no more HOUSING... Read more

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The Town's highest needs IMHO are new Lynch and Muraco Elementary Schools. The field at Lynch is under utilized and is also not at its best and highest use at this time.

Thanks for your comment! Do you have a better use in mind for the site? What do you think would be a better use?

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The 5 way intersection of Cross St., Holten St., East St., Lowell St. dangerous to cars and pedestrians. Daily, huge tractor trailers accessing industrial properties drive over school bus stop curbs... Read more

Yes, this is really a problem. And there are few places to cross the street safely. along Cross St..

Thank you for pointing out these safety and traffic management concerns at this intersection and along cross street. We've heard from many Winchester residents that improving traffic and safety is a high... Read more

More signage would be good as well. like pointing people toward Lexington, Woburn, Stoneham etc. so people aren't lost and driving crazily around the center trying to find the appropriate road. There's... Read more

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The change to limit parking to 1 hour has made it challenging to get things done downtown. 90 minutes would be a more appropriate time frame. It is very difficult for some services to be provided in... Read more

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Ridge street from St. E's to V-O is a very dangerous area for pedestrians. Cars travel at high speeds and the current sidewalks are narrow with little to no curb. Given that we have a church, a public... Read more

Thanks Monica for highlighting this traffic issue! Are there areas in town that you think work well for traffic flow currently?

Oops, I replied to the wrong opinion so here's a duplicate: And from the Arlington line to St. E's there are no sidewalks. High snowbanks means kids are walking to the school bus stop with cars coming... Read more

Thanks Joyce! These are important concerns about pedestrian safety - we're hearing similar concerns from many Winchester residents.

Joyce, I think you mean the literal Arlington boundary line. Safety is first, and I'd like to also point out that there is an Arlington bus line that comes to the edge of Winchester at the junction of... Read more

Thanks Ruth for highlighting this connectivity issue - glad to hear that you're already thinking about how different pieces work together as a system.

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Great location for a Transit-Oriented- Development..... Hope to see an RFP out early-mid next year.

the 2-story building wrapping the Church Street-Waterfield Street corner is pleasant and should not be torn down, in my opinion. Any new development should add incrementally (and at an appropriate scale)... Read more

Thanks Jamie, balancing existing character with new development is essential to master planning

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While this site would require a paradigm shift for many residents, it would be perfect for a mixed use building that include affordable units. Close to schools, public transportation, supermarket, drug... Read more

A parking lot isn't a very attractive use for a major gateway into town. The ideal redevelopment would be a building that includes public parking, screened from the street, that also includes affordable... Read more

These are great ideas for this site! The site's prime location makes it somewhat of a gateway to downtown. We'd love to consider how to integrate affordability close to Town Center.

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The Winchester Public Library is a great asset to the Town of Winchester.

Thanks for highlighting the library as one of the town's assets! What are some things that make it so great?

In many ways the public library and Jenks Center act as Winchester's community centers: serving many ages, many services, many events, large meeting rooms

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We need pedestrian-activated flashing signs at this Church Street-Waterfield intersection.

Church _ St Waterfield needs to be an Actual 3 way stop sign forcing traffic to stop . CUrrently the traffic just speeds through on Church making it hard for anyone crossing the street or trying to turn... Read more

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The new bikepath behind the Jenks is awesome and offers a beautiful, quiet view.

Thanks Heather! Understanding what resources are valued in Winchester is a big part of Phase II of the Master Plan.

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Older wood-framed houses incorporated into our town center add color and charm, with retail on the ground floor and (affordable) housing above. Too many of these houses in and surrounding the town center... Read more

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and concerns about preserving Winchester's history and character!

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Can the DPW site be improved or relocated? It is such a large parcel in an important area that has great access to downtown, north main area & the high school.

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I would like to see a robust plan to develop commercial revenue for the town. With increasing student enrollment every year for the last 10 years, more residential development with school age children... Read more

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