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Islington Center Development

by Dave Atkins

A developer is in the process of acquiring property around the Islington Community Center, and the town is considering moving the police station from High Street to consolidate with the Islington fire station in a building across the street. A public hearing of the Public Safety Facilities Task Force on Tuesday, March 4, at 7:30pm at the Thurston Middle School will provide residents an opportunity to hear what the task force has learned and what options are being considered.

What I have learned is that some or many of the properties owned by the Magaletta family are in the process of being sold to a developer. The town owns several properties--the church that is the Islington Community Center, the Islington branch library, the fire station, and the municipal parking lot. The new police chief spoke to a group of parents at Hanlon earlier this year about the inadequacy of the police building and the task force is looking at how all this fits together and how the two town centers can best be used. The combination of these activities may present an opportunity to solve some needs of the town and improve Islington Center.

This is just what I have learned during the process of obtaining my nomination signatures and talking to residents. I am optimistic that this could mean positive change for Islington center, but I do wonder what will happen to the ICC and the branch library. I learned that there have been focus group meetings of residents and I think it would be very productive to start a discussion about the needs and concerns of those of us who live within walking distance of the center.