As a Mystic Resident, I continue to feel frustrated with the Downtown Mystic Streetscape project just like everyone else. I also feel the town of Groton should pursue new approaches to the retail shops burnt down in March 2000.
Twelve years have passed since the fire and Mystic residents and tourists continue to see a large green wall in one of the most desirable locations in Mystic. It's unacceptable.
If the property owner does not have an interest in developing, he should sell the property or find someone who is interested. The town should become more proactive in seeking a solution to this problem. Mystic's downtown, and this particular area need stronger viability. This is a large component, requiring civic responsibility from the owner and town leaders. Other towns looking to develop their key economic areas approach owners and attempt to purchase vital property and resell to an interested party.
Although an approach of eminent domain is aggressive, if the owner is not interested in cooperating, Groton should also consider this approach.
Many visitors and residents love the Mystic region. It has great restaurants, scenery, people and an opportunity to continue to improve. Let's address this issue and move on to a better future.
When he is not enjoying Mystic, Kevin Bogle is working as vice president of Human Resources for Resorts World Casino in New York City.