Ideas for redevelopment and revitalization of the West Barnstable village area are once again on the table.
At a recent meeting of the West Barnstable Civic Association, Judge Joseph J. Reardon, trustee of the Parker Lombard Trust, said building behind the Old Village Store and adjacent to Cape Cod Feed and Supply Inc. could not only help provide the village with new business opportunities and affordable housing, but could also generate additional rental income for the trust.
Reardon, who was appointed trustee in 2009, spoke at the civic association’s April 8 meeting, which was attended by about 50 association members.
While attendees were eager to hear about building possibilities, Reardon warned that the same schematic was presented to the association a decade ago, but foundered.
“The idea to build a structure that housed retail properties on the bottom and low-rent apartments or affordable housing on top never made it off the ground,” Reardon said. “And since then I haven’t seen another breakdown.”
Hank Farnham, president of the association, also spoke at the meeting and shed some light on why redevelopment plans never got off the ground.
“We had lengthy discussions years ago about building a very ‘Cape Cod-style’ structure right by where the model railroad cars are,” Farnham said. “But our biggest problem was that the town manager at the time never got the Rogers family (owners of the Old Village Store at the time) involved, and the association decided we couldn’t move forward without them.”
While both village residents and businesses now seem to be…
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