Letter: Page property provides opportunity for smart planning
The Gloucester Board of Supervisors and the School Board have deliberated intelligently concerning the option of rebuilding Page Middle School, or building and moving to a location across the highway (Route 17), but not bordering this busy thoroughfare.
Despite the nostalgia associated with our early school, it was a wise decision for the school system, our students and transportation, and our taxpaying citizens.
The old property was not large enough to accommodate the expanded school complex, and would be a very expensive site for administration and transportation.
In my estimation, after having participated in the EDA acquisition of the property for the professional business park, which now is complete, additional land should be zoned to encourage the expansion of this use moving south to include the Page school site and beyond, where minimal development has occurred.
Just imagine what this would do to enhance the appearance of Gloucester County and provide a less costly, but more attractive, cooperative effort and expand complimentary business endeavors.
Gloucester County has been blessed with the York Crossing shopping area and the Fox Mill Center, very thoughtfully planned, but there is a need to insure that there is no more haphazard grandfathering on Route 17. If in doubt, drive south to York County and see the mature results. Nothing seems to fit, except the well-maintained medians.
Excessive strip malls and little synergies in the streetscapes and compatibility. Let’s learn from others who have been there. As a growing county, we need to think in terms of developing Route 17 with fewer additional traffic lights and Route 17 curb cuts.
In addition to this professional business park, we should think in terms of a business and service type part to accommodate 100 businesses with one main entrance, to include interior lots with appropriate outside storage and reasonable individual lot landscapes as practical.
This would include all types of building and maintenance contractors and supplies—tile, plumbing, roofing, air conditioning, communications, carpet, painting and wall covering, garden and landscape, to name a few.
David L. Peebles