To the Editor:
Outside of two combat tours and instructing cadets at West Point, I have lived in Hull since 1932. My family’s roots in Hull are deep.
I oversaw the following events as chairman of the Hull Redevelopment Authority:
- planning and staffing
- urban renewal program, approved by 90 percent of voters at largest town meeting ever (with 1,645 voters)
- federal government-approved program, funded with millions of 1970 dollars; state government also approved program
- acquisition of 76 buildings from the property owners; one building was rehabilitated and became Hull Medical Center
- relocation of 125 people; numerous businesses started
- demolition and clearance of the renewal area.
In conjunction with the urban renewal program, the federal government funded a community development program. This program was used to fund many improvements throughout our town.
It is now time to work with the HRA and develop a plan that will broaden our tax base and improve our community aesthetically. Much time and sacrifice have gone into this program.
Development may take place after I leave this planet. For the present, I can live with that development.
Charles E. Gould