What is TCPG?

Citizen group actively involved in affecting growth and development in town.

What is TCPG?

Postby drvmusic on Thu Jun 23, 2005 3:38 pm

I'm curious. Please tell me what this is about? Thanks!
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Postby NIMBY on Thu Jun 23, 2005 3:44 pm

Tewksbury Citizens Preventing Growth.
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Postby tigerchief on Thu Jun 23, 2005 4:03 pm

townie.....it's all there in the forums threads....

Basically, it was a group of concerned citizens, who a few years back attempted thru a Town Meeting article, to get the town to start thinking about smart and planned growth....

Chances are .....we wouldn't be in the shit we are today, if these peoples ideas would have been approved....
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Postby swamper on Thu Jun 23, 2005 4:57 pm

Townie...

Correction re. our misguided "friend":


It IS: Tewksbury Citizens for Planned Growth.


As Tiger said...it's ALL THERE within the forum.
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Postby drvmusic on Fri Jun 24, 2005 8:50 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by swamper:
Townie...

Correction re. our misguided "friend":


It IS: Tewksbury Citizens for Planned Growth.


As Tiger said...it's ALL THERE within the forum.
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Well, I knew what the acronymn was. Just wondering the format and purpose.
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Postby swamper on Fri Jun 24, 2005 10:45 am

In a nutshell, it was/is a group of regular somewhat like-minded concerned citizens coming together to discuss town issues re. RESPONSIBLE, PLANNED development. The TCPG helped sponsor a Growth Management Bylaw initiative at Town Mtg. a few years back which was defeated by a mere 25 votes I believe. The only town officials who ever took an interest in working with our group IMO, were then selectman Kevin Anderson, and Doug Sears prior to his election. Actually, duffyhouse could probably give you a much more thorough explanation....but again if you peruse through the TCPG forum you will get the idea of what the TCPG was all about. [img]images/smiles/icon_wink.gif[/img]
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Postby DILLIGAFF on Wed Jul 27, 2005 11:08 pm

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Postby dougsears on Tue Aug 09, 2005 3:55 pm

Traffic tying up Tewksbury businesses
By VANESSA HUGHES, Sun Staff





Cars sit in traffic at Shawsheen and Main streets in Tewksbury yesterday. Some local business owners have expressed concern that road work is causing them to lose customers. SUN/ JULIA MALAKIE

TEWKSBURY -- Paul Tucceri worked the first of his daily shifts in the early morning hours last Friday, preparing his restaurant's fresh salads, soups and sandwiches for the day.

He whipped up a batch of his homemade clam chowder for the lunch crowd at his Pushcart Cafe on Main Street, but said he ended up throwing most of it away by day's end.

The lunch crowd never came.

“There's been times at 10 past 12:00 when we have nobody in here, and this place is the busiest place in Tewksbury. We usually serve a couple of hundred,â€￾ he lamented.

The summer lunch business has been sparse and sporadic, Tucceri said, and it only picks up on days when construction projects along Main Street wind down. Other local business
owners in the area near the Oakdale Plaza say they have also struggled, as traffic stalls to gridlock during certain times of the day.

Town officials have been hearing their concerns but say the backups, caused by lane closures and detours because of several ongoing construction projects, are a necessary evil that will result in much-needed infrastructure improvements.

Selectmen Chairman Joe Gill said he is setting up meetings between business owners and the town manager to discuss the problem. But the answer is not clear. The construction needs to get done, and summer is the season.

“I think we have to exhibit a lot of concern for the businesses, and what they're going through. I'm extremely concerned for the businesses trying to survive and pay their bills and pay their taxes,â€￾ Gill said. “What the answer is? I don't know. We've got to see if we can do something, and the bare minimum we can do is understand what their predicament is.â€￾

Construction of sewer lines has closed Shawsheen Street, and the state is now working on a long-awaited project to widen the intersection of Shawsheen and Main streets (Route 38), near the plaza.

The intersection project reduces a portion of Main Street to one lane on some days and traffic travelling north on Main Street is often stopped again with lane closures, sometimes in two locations, for Verizon crews installing cables.

Tucceri, whose restaurant is at 1777 Main St., said he thinks the town should give detail officers a paid one-hour break, and stop construction, between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m., to always allow two lanes of traffic to stay open during the lunch-time business hours.

But officials say they don't know if the solution is practical or possible.

Joe Aubut, who owns Aubut's Liquors at 1768 Main St., said he agrees the town should look for a way to help ease the pain, especially for businesses that rely on lunch crowds.

He hasn't been hit as hard, but said he is also seeing fewer customers. Some have told him they only stop in if they had to be in the area for another reason but would not make the trip otherwise.

“Every day you see a long line of cars out here,â€￾ Aubut said, motioning out the window of his shop toward Main street. “The traffic can be backed up a half a mile or better, and it would deter anyone from coming in.â€￾

But Aubut said he appreciates the benefits of the construction projects. The sewer project is an essential improvement, and the intersection widening will help ease traffic in the longterm.

“It's something we've just got to do. If it's going to better the traffic, suck it up,â€￾ he said.

At Mac's Dairy, an ice cream shop at 1863 Main St., assistant manager John Gallant said customers are used to dealing with slow traffic on busy Main Street anyway.

One road project or another has added to congestion in the area each summer for the past five years or so, he said, and this year is no different.

“It's really not hurting us that badly having traffic backed up, because traffic has been backed up on (Route) 38 since forever anyway,â€￾ Gallant said.

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