, Salem, MA

November 11, 2013

Letter: The Black Cow is a white elephant

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

With the recent election, we will be getting a new mayor and four new city councillors. There also seems to be a movement within the city for fresh ideas and greater community involvement. I strongly believe that we need to revisit the fate of the city-owned waterfront property. No decisions should be made under the present administration. The Scanlon administration has had approximately 20 years to come up and implement a plan for the city-owned waterfront property. The old abandoned McDonald’s building has been used as a temporary homeless shelter and most recently a storage facility for recycling bins.

The new mayor and council, as well as the surge of community interest, should be able to come up with a much better use then a Black Cow-type restaurant. Nothing against high-priced restaurants — we have plenty of those already in Beverly, and they are a welcome sight on Cabot Street.

The waterfront should be developed for the betterment of the entire community, such as a park-like atmosphere with affordable activities for all of the citizens of Beverly. Some ideas could be several small kiosk-type buildings, a coffee shop, ice cream stand, hot dog truck, arts-and-craft shops, water activities — the possibilities are endless. I urge the present City Council to defer any decision-making process in regarding the long-term leasing of this valuable recreational asset. Heading down the wrong path for so many years doesn’t make it right. The Black Cow idea is a white elephant. The citizens of Beverly have been waiting for more than 20 years for this property to be developed. Let’s make sure it’s what we really need and want.

Neal Levy