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Have Questions on Target Proposal? Ask Those Who Know During Live Blog

Burlington Patch will feature a live discussion with Scott Weiss of the Gutierrez Company, the developer behind the proposed Target plan at the Canyon Site, this Thursday at 6 p.m.

The proposed put forward by the Gutierrez Company is one of the hottest issues in town right now.

The next step for the proposal is a zoning change that will be before Town Meeting on May 14. In a recent vote the Burlington .

Burlington Patch has worked hard to bring comprehensive coverage of this story since it and we've carried many stories on the subject (see below). However, we know we can't address every question readers may have. So what we decided to do was invite Gutierrez Project Manager Scott Weiss into a live blog and invite readers to ask their questions directly.

Come to Burlington Patch this Thursday, May 10 from 6 to 7 p.m. to ask your questions on this project, the accompanying and anything else in this first Burlington Patch live question and answer live blog with a leading news-maker. Come to Burlington Patch a little before 6 p.m. this Thursday and click on the live blog, which will be at the top of our home page.

Burlington Patch editor Richard Hosford and Patch staff will choose the best questions and publish them in the chat room for Weiss and his team, who will be logged on in to answer questions.

One ground rule:

We understand this proposal is a hot issue and many readers already have strong feelings about it and have decided where they fall on the decision. I welcome anyone who has a view on this issue to write a letter to the editor and send it to richard.hosford@patch.com and I will share your thoughts on the site.

The idea behind the live blog discussion, however, is geared towards questions and discussion. So we are asking that participants come prepared with questions that will help the overall understanding of fellows readers and the general discussion of the proposal and not simply engage in sending out messages in support of one side or the other. Honestly this has never been an issue on the site, Burlington readers have always been very courteous and informative in our comments section, but we figured we'd throw out the disclaimer just to be clear on what we're hoping to do. 

For background information on the Target proposal check out the stories and letters to the editor we have posted thus far:

  • The Gutierrez Company is looking to sell a piece of land to Target for a new store off of Wheeler Road near Middlesex Turnpike and Route 128.
  • Gutierrez Company reportedly wants to build the big-box store at site off Middlesex Turnpike but hurdles to doing so abound.

We'll see you on Thursday, May 10, at our live blog!

B Springer May 07, 2012 at 12:16 PM
The marketing push on this project has been overwhelming! I just hope that our town officials can look past all the propaganda and see this for what it really is. It concerns me that this developer has dominated the news for weeks now. Why aren't we receiving information on both sides of this issue?
Keith May 08, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Go to woburn if yoo want to shop target!
SPC May 08, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Would Target put their money into a building that people cant get to? Im sure they have done their research. Finally a chance to take care of traffic issues and people cry foul!! This reminds me of the panic with the I.C.E. building..The sky isnt falling!!!
Burlington Resident May 09, 2012 at 11:46 AM
I believe we have heard the propaganda from the other side. There have been editorials about our property values going down and that the traffic plan will not work. Here we have the State and Gutierrez willing to put money into this area to make it better and a small group of people are complaining. Unless someone has a better plan to fix this area, this might be our only chance.
J. Parker May 09, 2012 at 07:14 PM
"Small group", Burlington Resident ? Think again ! We don't need any more develpment over here. It's that simple. Have you thought about the fact that this whole area sits on our water supply?!!
B Springer May 09, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Who says this may be our "only chance" to fix Middlesex Turnpike? Oh yeah....the developer - who stands to make megabucks on this property if they convince Town Meeting to believe them.... just sayin....
Gary B. Kasky May 09, 2012 at 10:51 PM
My letter to Patch and both Burlington papers speaks for itself! You can read it on patch. Letter to the Editor: Canyon Project Best Chance for Traffic Improvements on Middlesex. Gary B. Kasky Town meeting member
Gary B. Kasky May 09, 2012 at 11:03 PM
B Springer: The town of Burlington also stands to take in money from this project. one (1) M in taxes more people employed, more meals tax from people coming here to shop and dine. Better movement of traffice. Make the correct decision and vote YES at Town meeting next Monday. Gary B. Kasky TMM
Susan May 10, 2012 at 02:35 AM
How many Targets do we really need in the area? Check out the Wilmington Patch - apparently a Target proposal for that town also. http://wilmington.patch.com/articles/you-ask-patch-answers-when-is-target-opening
Burlington Resident May 10, 2012 at 12:31 PM
I said “this might be our only chance”. We have been talking about the traffic problem down there for years. The State didn’t even have this on their radar until now. If this goes away and they give it to the next highest bidder. What is his plans? Maybe he keeps it RO and we get nothing in return.

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