EASTHAM – Eastham’s T-Time Development Committee has concluded a series of three public forums designed to gauge response to its draft recommendations for future use of the town-owned T-Time property at 4790 State Highway.
The committee will make its final recommendations on the best uses of the 11-acre parcel in November, a statement from the town says.
The town bought the former golf driving range for $1.6 million in 2019, after a developer, the Stratford Capital Group, ran into resistance over its proposal to build 50 rental units in two or three buildings on the site. The town wanted a more village-style development.
The town’s statement identifies several possibilities the committee included in its draft recommendations: a public community center building (anchored by Eastham’s Recreation Department and potentially the Council on Aging); ample outdoor green space for gathering and recreation; artist or entrepreneur pop-up space, and senior and workforce housing.
The committee also allowed for the possibility of a community pool but noted that additional information is needed before including it in the final list of recommendations.
Under the committee’s recommendations, use of the site would have an inter-generational focus.
The group conducted significant community outreach that included virtual and in-person forums. It received responses from more than 2,200 community members through a T-Time Community Input Survey, engaged with dozens of civic organizations and business representatives, and evaluated local economic demand through an Eastham Market Study, the town statement says.
“We thank everyone who participated in this process by attending or watching our forums, contributing questions and comments in a meeting or by email, or participating in our survey. This level of participation adds considerable depth and value to the process,” Karen Strauss, chairman of the T-Time committee, said.
Jacqui Beebe, Eastham Town Administrator, called the public engagement process “unprecedented for the Eastham community.”
“The committee should be extremely proud of this work, and the community can be confident that a thorough and inclusive process was conducted to develop the best possible recommendations,” said Beebe.
Source : https://www.wickedlocal.com/story/cape-codder/2021/10/14/easthams-t-time-development-committee-make-final-suggestions/6081674001/546