In order not to be an affront to the local Community College, I voted for the $10,000 Watertown Trust contribution to a study on reuse of the Whispering Pines site on Coffeen Street. The JCC Foundation is proposing a $60M multi-use facility for the site, and told county lawmakers they hope to start a college hockey team and house it there.
I think there should be study of reuse of the Whispering Pines site...and I am a big fan of building dorms at the College. However, the marketplace determines things like arenas and you don't have to be a consultant to know when something is not affordable.
We would love to consider a college hockey team at the Fairgrounds Arena, and I am a fan of higher education, but I think what is proposed is a bridge too far.....
I look forward to input into the process.
Also today, my new friend City Council Jeff Smith and I spent time with Parks and Rec brass to discuss what could be done to host the Privateers Hockey Team. It was a productive session.
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