Discussion Resumes in Sandwich over Route 130 Development

SANDWICH – According to the Sandwich Economic Industrial Corporation, developing a much discussed 200 acres off of Route 130 into an industrial park is a sensible idea that needs to move forward.

According to SEIC President Dick Johnson, the town does not have to look at the massive undertaking as a whole.

“You sell the land in acre, two acre lots. You put the roadway in there with your water and sewer. You wouldn’t have to do the whole thing,” he said to selectmen recently.

Johnson strongly recommends that selectmen get in touch with MassDevelopment, which he worked with as the mayor of Taunton. There is a fairly good chance that they would help Sandwich with water and sewer planning and also infrastructure funding.

Johnson is of the opinion that an industrial park could create thousands of jobs and says that there are already some companies interested in the location.

Two other proposals, including one for a large complex of playing fields with a grand field house, were not advanced due to financing problems.

Selectman Michael Miller said he wanted more clarification.

“We need an action plan of some sort, meaning 3 or 4 people that could actually understand what Dick’s talking about, and sit down and put some sense to it,” he said.

Four years ago, MassDevelopment officials said that Sandwich has the potential for economic development.

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