Westford Director of Land Use Planning Chris Kluchman hears thoughts from Forge Village residents.

Where Does Forge Village Need To Improve?

The Westford Economic Development Committee and the Forge Village Residents’ Association recently held an informal neighborhood meeting at the Cameron Senior Center to talk about positives and negatives in the area.

Here are some of the areas where those in attendance thought the village could improve.
–          Freedom Park has not been properly maintained, although there is confusion over whose role it is to maintain the park. There also is not enough knowledge about the access ways near the lake that connect to the Park.-          It’s difficult for pedestrians to get to Forge Beach. The parking pattern at Forge Beach also is confusing due to its irregularity.

Westford Director of Land Use Planning Chris Kluchman hears thoughts from Forge Village residents.

Westford Director of Land Use Planning Chris Kluchman hears thoughts from Forge Village residents.

–          Grass is not frequently mowed in front of Spinner’s, although that stretch of grass isn’t actually owned by Spinner’s.

–          Train noise.

–          Dog parks would be a positive addition to the area.

–          The Parks and Recreation Department irregularly checks the stickers at Forge Beach.

–          There isn’t enough business in the village, which may be due to too many “bureaucratic hoops.” However, the neighborhood is somewhat self-contained to an extent.

–          The Abbot Mill Complex has been a positive addition to the area, the question remains what would be done with the old Forge Village Fire Station (now used for the town’s IT Department) if it becomes surplus like the one in Graniteville.

–          There are safety issues regarding cars and pedestrians on intersections near the railroad crossing, and the town has not acted on 225 due to the fact that is a state-maintained road.

–          There’s a lack of playgrounds in the area for children.

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