According to Kezer, Healey has already provided preliminary plans to community economic and development director Joe Fahey’s office.
“Typically what we try to do with projects like that is bring them into that office so they can review them and red flag any issues, concerns or requirements that may come up that the developer may not know,” Kezer said. “So when they submit a formal plan to the Planning Board, any major issues are already worked out.”
Rick Bartley, owner of Bartley Machine, is planning on selling his 8 1/2 acre property in the Lower Millyard to a developer in order to further improve the area.
Kezer said he knows Bartley has been in discussion with a number of developers but couldn’t say for sure if he was close to reaching a deal with any of them. A voicemail was left at Bartley Machine seeking comment but was not returned by press time.
Even though he admitted that the Lower Millyard isn’t going to turn into a paradise overnight once the old DPW garage is demolished, Kezer expressed optimism that major strides toward the redevelopment of the Lower Millyard had been made in the past year and that it wouldn’t be much longer before the community started reaping the benefits.
“The fact that we are now getting the DPW out of that area increases the value of all that property down there,” Kezer said. “Increasing property values is something we’ve all been talking about recently with the whole classification issue, and this is the way you do it. With that type of development, it increases the overall value of our community.”