Thursday, February 28, 2008

Stroudwater Place: Words

Yesterday, I had a relatively tongue-in-cheek post about the various responses to the question, Could the proposed Stroudwater Place work in Maine? Today, though, I give you the verbatim quotes of Westbrook's elected officials contained in the three initial articles about the proposed development (here, here, and here):

Mayor Bruce Chuluda (R)
- "[W]e really need to find a way to make this happen."

City Councilor Brendan Rielly (D-Ward 1)
- "Those are really big markets. We have fewer people, and also fewer people with the disposable income and the income levels you see in those areas."
- "It's always exciting when someone expresses an interest in coming to my home town. You have to be ready to try something new, but you have to have a healthy skepticism."
- "Cold, hard numbers" will have to be looked at.

City Councilor Drew Gattine (D-Ward 2)
- "I think people have to understand how big this is."
- "There are a lot of questions. I'm anxious to have the conversation."
- I believe in "data-driven decisions," and will look to market studies to show whether the project is economically viable.

City Councilor Ed Symbol (R-Ward 3)
- "I think communities are trying to attract projects like this. Fortunately, Jason [Snyder] lives in the community and this fell in our lap."

City Councilors John O'Hara (R-At Large), Michael Foley (D-At Large), Dotty Aube (D-Ward 4), and Suzanne Joyce (D-Ward 5) have either remained mum on this issue thus far, or their thoughts have been too boring to print.

I assume the former.

- John C.L. Morgan

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