LETTER: Restaurant Should Not Be Built On Boston Road Farmland

The following is a letter to the editor from Bill Harman. Letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the views of WestfordCAT or its Board of Directors. To submit your own content, e-mail [email protected]

I very much object to the idea of allowing a restaurant to be built on the Boston Road farmland.  Beginning many years ago (1985) I was a member of the team helping the Town to protect land in that area.  It was a very long project, representing the Town in dealing with Ben Drew.  The results were excellent, which is evident today in the large areas of Conservation Land in that area, called the “Gateway to Westford”.  I was also a member of the APR committee working to protect this  particular farmland.  The project was a success, as documented in the 1996 Town Report:

“A very popular and highly visible part of the historical fabric of the Town was assured protection when Fall Town Meeting voted to purchase the development rights from Keith and Nanci Bohne for the apple orchard land at their Drew’s Farm stand east of Boston road, just off the exist from Route 495.  This will assure the preservation of a critical part of the landscape important for maintaining the character of the town, which has been identified by the citizens of the Town as a high priority during the master Plan update process.”

If Westford is going to have a new restaurant, it should be located on the commercial side of the highway, not within the Gateway to Westford.