The City of Shrewsbury has unveiled a new conceptual site plan for the Kenrick redevelopment project that includes a controversial Walmart Supercenter.
Boards printed with images of the site concept are on display in the , with a box for residents to leave comments.
There will also be an informational meeting on June 28 in the ballroom of the city center. The mayor and board of aldermen will first update residents on the status of the redevelopment project at a 7 p.m. work session. At 8 p.m. the meeting will break off into groups for an open house for residents to discuss the redevelopment with their ward’s aldermen.
The new design will also be posted soon to the city's website, according to an email sent to residents by City Administrator Jonathan Greever.
Shrewsbury residents are already turning up at city hall for a look at the new designs. The images on the standup board include an overhead view of the plaza’s proposed layout and computer-generated designs for the plaza’s fountain-flanked entrance, junior anchor façade and tree-lined retaining wall.
“I will say this: the entrance looks nice,” said Carol Cleve, a resident of the Kenrick area who stopped by city hall on Thursday to look at the plans. “The one thing we really do need is revenue for our police, fire and parks…We need a good development that will stay there and bring in tax dollars.”
Carol Bates was another resident who lives near the plaza who checked the design out on Thursday. Bates said she was disappointed in the look of the junior anchor stores. She also said she wondered who was going to pay to maintain the landscaping and fountain at the plaza entrance.
“We’ll just have to see,” Bates said.
A disclaimer on the display informs residents that the site design “is not intended to be construed as a finalized product. While specific details may change, the overall concept will remain the same.”