Short survey, charrette will gather resident ideas for Halliwell

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NORTH SMITHFIELD – The committee guiding the project of finding new uses for the 32-acre property that once held Halliwell Elementary School is now gathering residents’ thoughts and ideas via a short survey.

The survey will get early feedback from locals with opinions on what should happen with the land and usable buildings that once made up the school, prior to a public charrette to be held in the coming months, according to a release from the committee.

“There are no wrong answers, and everyone is allowed to fill it out individually, with family members, neighbors, or however else you’d like to brainstorm,” noted a introduction to survey sent out Friday, May 21. “This will serve as a starting point for the committee to hear what people are thinking about.”

The committee noted it will not be residents’ only opportunity to have their voice heard. The public charrette has been tentatively scheduled for Saturday, July 24, with details to be released. The group is also requesting that members of other town boards and commissions begin to brainstorm, and the topic is likely to come up on many upcoming public meeting agendas.

“We look forward to hearing and reading all the ideas that are out there, and working collaboratively with everyone to achieve a very successful outcome, whatever that may be,” the committee noted.

The brief, four-question survey can be found here: https://forms.gle/NEJTosHgsnZ15r5v7

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