Richmond Four Corners store forum plannedBy MEGHAN PIERCE Union Leader Correspondent
June 18. 2014 9:46PM
RICHMOND — The community has been invited to discuss the future of Four Corners store on Saturday at Veteran’s Hall from 9 a.m. to noon.
The Richmond Community Development Association, which is not a town-affiliated group, and Southwest Regional Planning Commission has organized the meeting, said Richmond town Administrator Heidi Wood.
They are trying to get people involved in their planning process of a revitalization of the area and get a basic idea of what people want to see in downtown Richmond, Wood said.
The Four Corners intersection includes the shuttered Four Corners store, town municipal buildings such as the library and Veterans Hall and town-owned land.
J.B. Mack, project manager at the Southwest Regional Planning Commission, plans to provide an integrated proposal for residents to consider.
All residents, municipal boards, committees and commissions, elected and appointed officials, employees and volunteers, and business owners and other stakeholders are invited.
Maps, existing uses of land and boundary lines are part of the planned presentation.
The Richmond Community Development Association and the Southwest Regional Planning Commission plan to invite attendees to develop and discuss options such as what would happen if the Four Corners store property is deemed not viable following the site and building health hazard assessment, whether trails should be developed on town land and whether the park should be moved.
Over a decade ago contamination occurred at the Four Corners store when the old tanks leaked gasoline into the groundwater. Gasoline at that time contained an additive called MTBE that was supposed to help reduce vehicle emissions, but was later found to be a carcinogen that contaminates groundwater.