Andre Garron is coming to Hooksett, and not a minute too soon for the town. He has a wealth of experience in his chosen field of municipal development and management, notably in Londonderry, where he served as community development director, and in Salem, as development director and assistant town manager.
We expect great things for Hooksett with Garron in charge. And Hooksett needs it. The town is bursting at its seams with commercial development but it sometimes appears haphazard. The recent back-and-forth on a proposed 80,000-square-foot sports dome on Benton Road is a case in point.
The town planning board had rejected the plan a month ago, in part because of traffic concerns, and rightly so. The cramped residential street is already heavily traveled as a shortcut. The idea of a big new development wedged into it seemed to make no sense. But it turns out that the town’s development rules are written in such a way that it makes it impossible to deny the development.
That is where an individual with Garron’s skills are much needed. And the former standout UNH football star has the drive and energy that will be much needed as well. Welcome aboard.