Calling all area residents!! Get your creative thinking caps on. The future of Melrose Terrace needs some attention and it is starting with you.
As we all know, Melrose Terrace in West Brattleboro was severely impacted by Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011. Right after the Storm, BHA’s Commissioners pledged to repair Melrose so its residents had a place to live while BHA worked on creating new housing so that these residents would no longer be in a floodway. Plans are under way to construct a new 55 unit facility to be ready in January 2016. Plans will also be developed to move the other 25 units, the Brattleboro Housing Authority offices and maintenance building by 2018 at the latest.
So what then will be the fate of Melrose Terrace? Whatever re-use is in store, it will have an impact on the community in many ways - environmentally, socially, culturally, financially, etc. The process of looking at possible re-use must be creative, inclusive, comprehensive and thoughtful.
In the fall, representatives from the many technical, regulatory and financing entities with a potential role in the future of Melrose will come together to discuss re-use from their various perspectives. The basis of this discussion needs to be your ideas.
What is the best way to collect those ideas? A meeting is too restrictive -- only those available that day can attend, ideas often get bogged down in too much detail, some folks are reluctant to offer ideas for fear of ridicule - there are many reasons why a "meeting" won't be the best way to do it.
So BHA, Town of Brattleboro and West Brattleboro Association are asking for your ideas by any method you want. You can post your ideas here; email them to firstname.lastname@example.org; snail mail to PO Box 2275, W Brattleboro, 05303; call BHA at 254-6071 - or any other way. Get them in by August 29 so we can have them on the list of 100!
The ideas do not have to be detailed. As simple as "it should be a field", to a completely detailed plan. And they can be as wild as you like. There will ultimately be certain rules about what can be done but at this point we want all the ideas (the aim is at least 100 different ones) that are out there. Sometimes, for a really good idea, the rules can be modified.
So get the creative juices flowing and let's make sure that the future use of Melrose Terrace has had the best thinking of everyone in the area.