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Collins' investigative reporting shows a troubling project

Once again, I must commend David Collins for his excellent investigative work in exposing the lack of due diligence by representatives of the Town of Groton in selecting a developer for the Mystic Oral School property. Perhaps it can be explained by the rushed, pell-mell approach to the process or perhaps in being blinded by the grandiose plans proposed by this developer and/or perhaps the desire to jump on the bandwagon. I do not know which, but it is clear that this overreach by the developer and his lack of qualifying credentials as well as a controversial background, along with strong community opposition, at the very least mandate a return to the drawing board.

It is amazing to me that the education piece of presenting a major proposal is somehow consistently underestimated and yet confidently trotted out, which invariably leads to opposition if for no other reason than it is overwhelming to those affected. In this case, a questionably qualified developer and our town's representatives did not do their homework.

Philip Bonang




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