Updated About Town: Appreciative of the Comments
Now let's keep the discussion going ...
Today’s column, an opinion piece on the proposed Massachusetts Avenue inn elicited insightful, fact-filled comments. Readers covered a broad spectrum of issues and shared thoughts. Thank you to everyone who responded with such in-depth remarks.
Yes, parking is quite an issue, one everyone’s been talking about for weeks. But, isn’t this where our Planning and Zoning boards come into play?
In the best possible world couldn’t the neighborhood and the prospective owner work together and change that parking plan and any other offensive portion of the plan?
If a bar or nightclub scene is a concern couldn’t the town place restrictions, just as it does with every other establishment that serves alcohol.
I’m looking forward to hearing more of your thoughts on this proposal.
Again, thank you to everyone for taking the time to comment.
Posted at 5:45 a.m. this morning ...
Trisha Kennealy’s plan, one that would turn the former Dana Home and the adjacent property into a 22-room inn and a 14-table restaurant, is timely – especially for those looking to see tourists linger in Lexington.
We lose our visitors to Concord’s historic Colonial Inn and its restaurant – one that serves colonial and modern-day fare. That restaurant, with its afternoon teas and cozy atmosphere, pleases the tourists and the locals. It’s only steps from Author’s Ridge and Concord Center. The Old North Bridge, the National Park and anything else requires a car.
This proposed inn is within eyesight of the Battle Green, only steps from the Old Burial Ground, our notable monuments, Buckman Tavern and Hancock-Clarke Parsonage, the Visitors’ Center and Belfry Hill.
Better still, all sorts of shops line Massachusetts Avenue, which is also a draw. If Munroe Tavern is the target then there’s always the Liberty Ride, which will eventually take them to Concord – then bring them right back.
One can only imagine a family from Iowa or England or even Boston strolling along our streets looking at what we see every day.
Hasn’t someone finally found the sweetest organic farm-raised carrot to dangle before our tourists?
Is anyone else tired of losing tourists to Concord?
And, are we not stewards of this historic town, obligated to support a plan that keeps visitors here and encourages them to walk through our center and spend spend spend – here here here?
Yes, I heard about the noise and parking concerns – valid for those with private homes on Massachusetts Avenue. But the people who bought those houses knew about the Battle Green’s attractions, the constant foot and vehicle traffic, the buses and the Liberty Ride Trolleys. I won't even talk about the traffic caused by various churches.
Should we cancel the Visitors’ Center and Hastings Park concerts for noise? Maybe we should stop all those Battle Green events, especially since most involve a public address system that echoes past the green.
One woman, who lives within a stone's throw from the Battle Green, opens her home to friends on Patriots Day. There they get the same view seen on April 19, 1775.
Isn't it time we throw open our doors to everyone.
Lexington Center once had more than a few inns. They either burned or closed when people started opting for those big chain hotels. Everyone travels more now. Most are tired of cookie cutter hotels and are looking for genuine experiences in that historic town.
I’d say Trisha Kennealy is trying to create “genuine” and this is just what our town needs.