CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Chicopee residents are trying to save a large plot of land off of Slate Road from being developed.
Until Monday night, Chicopee Mayor John Vieau hasn’t talked publically about the Slate Conservation Area, even when given the opportunity to do so by the 22News I-Team.
But, late Monday, Mayor Vieau held a news conference to address concerns. The Slate Conservation Area is owned by Westover Development Corporation. The non-profit wants to develop the land.
But people who use the property for recreation are lobbying Westover and the city to keep the land the way it is. Mayor Vieau said his office is committed to being transparent about this hot button issue.
“We will be routinely updating the city’s website with all the available public records surrounding the history of this property,” Mayor Vieau said.
The mayor and the city’s director of Planning & Development, Lee Pouliot, also addressed a proposed land swap with the Commonwealth. We’re told that’s on hold.
Coming up later this week, the 22News I-Team digs into documents from the late 1960s that give an indication as to how the city and its residents intended the land to be used.
That story airs Thursday on 22News at 6 p.m.