This past snowy Saturday morning former State Senator Dan Wolf addressed over 40 people at The Harwich Democratic Town Committee in the Harwich Community Center on Oak Street. As Chair Wolf spoke about the Harwich Center Initiative.
Wolf highlighted the steps that will help Harwich center revitalize, 1. Harwich center has acquired the MA Cultural District Designation thanks to Tina Games of the Cultural Council along with Cyndi Williams of the Harwich Chamber of Commerce. 2. Charlene Greenhalgh
The Harwich Town Planner began working on adapting the local comprehensive plan to improve the environment, business growth and to address traffic flow. The Cape Cod Commission will be doing a traffic study this spring. Wolf indicated that there are 11-14,000 cars that travel through this intersection daily, the same number that travel through Harwich Port. 3. There will be a sidewalk study to potentially install them from the center of town up Rte. 124 to the bike path and down Parallel Street to the Cultural Center. And 4. Wastewater issues will need to be mitigated in order to sustain new growth that would include housing above any commercial development.
Wolf sees local, state and federal government playing a role in making this happen with infrastructure, parking and traffic changes. Route 39 is a state road so the town could go after state and federal funds to help improve the area with a focus on improving vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle flow. They have floated many ideas on changing the traffic pattern. One of a friendly taking of the private road that runs between the Main Street Market and Cape Pediatric Dental and Cape Cod Aquatics bring it up to code in order to change the traffic flow through the center of town, adding another stop sign, making it one way, or a full signal as well as a few other options that didn’t seem viable. All will be made clear once the traffic study is completed. These are all ideas at this point.
The Main Street Market is rebuilding on the old gas station site at which time the existing Market will be designed into a liquor store. To allow residences on the upper levels of these buildings zoning changes will need to happen which will take a super majority to pass at town meeting. Wolf attempted to change this state law while in the Senate to a simple majority. It passed the senate but not the house.
Wolf chatted a bit about life after the Senate with Cape Air and the addition of the Sea Plane that will be going from Pier 4 in Boston to NY. He spoke of teaching classes at local colleges, NYU and an upcoming talk at Snow Library. When asked if he’d run again for office in the future he quipped about running for County Commissioner but would rather see one of his daughters run. He expelled the virtues of Maura Healy and felt she would be a great Governor for 2022.
During the meeting Stephen Ford announced his intention to run for Harwich Selectman and Tina Games announce her run for School Committee.
The Harwich Democratic Town committee meets on the first Saturday of each month at the Harwich Community Center. For more information please contact Ray Gottwald at [email protected] or check out their Face Book Page at Harwich Democratic Town Committee.