Join Patch's Live Chat on Development in Watertown on Friday

Economic Development and Planning Director Steve Magoon will be joining in to answer questions about what's going on with Walmart, new housing and other building projects in town.

Walmart has grabbed the attention of many in Watertown, but there are other developments being built now and may be coming down the line. Learn about these and more when Watertown Patch chats live with Watertown's head of Economic Development and Planning next Friday.

Steve Magoon will be on the chat on May 25 at noon. As head of the Economic Development and Planning Department he works with developers and hears about the latest projects being considered for Watertown.

Before the chat begins, be sure to check out the story and leave your questions for Mr. Magoon.

Some recent issues that have come before town boards include:

Feel free to leave questions in the comment section below or email them to charlie.breitrose@patch.com.

Mike Fitzpatrick May 24, 2012 at 11:27 PM
About Walmart, I've heard there is a lot of crime in Walmart parking lots. For example, see the video on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4Vp67CXa7o&feature=related. It's frightening. Is there any estimate of what additional staff and equipment the police department will need if Walmart is allowed to locate here?
Amy Vachon May 25, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Can you give us an update on the Walmart decision? Is there any way in which the town can definitively choose not to allow Walmart to occupy the land it has now earmarked on Arsenal Street, and is the town taking any steps to close down this issue? Much effort is ongoing by many in the town to stop this possibility, and this effort could be redirected in so many positive ways if we were assured that Walmart would indeed not be able to build a store on that location. Thank you!
M C Stringfellow May 25, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Crime will jump when construction starts and will continue as long as the store is in operation. I have lived in my subdivision (Georgia) for 25 years. We had no crime in the neighborhood to speak of until Walmart opened 5 years ago. Now all I hear are sirens and we have motorcycle cops who are giving out tickets to speeders left and right. Breakins average one a week. Hope your experience will be better if the deal goes thru.
Sonny Beaches May 25, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I find the demonization of Walmart to be fascinating. Residents and purported former residents are coming out of the woodwork to blame Walmart for mayhem, global warming and the decline of western civilization. What exactly is it about the development of stores and apartments that so alarms the locals? Is change that terrifying? Are they that insecure?


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