1. Deerfield Balances Old, New Ways of Thinking - BusinessWest

    Deerfield Balances Old, New Ways of Thinking - BusinessWest

    Deerfield boasts numerous draws for businesses looking to relocate, Diana Schindler says, from its reasonable property-tax rate to its proximity to Interstate 91, Route 116, and Routes 5 and 10.  But there’s also been some pushback against some of those businesses, which reared its head when residents recently spoke out against a proposed Dollar General store in town. The Planning Board listened and turned down the project, said Schindler, Deerfield’s interim town administrator.


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    1. There's been a feeling in the community that they want that at arm's length — that big-box retail development, drive-thrus, things they don't feel are part of the culture of old Deerfield. It's meaningful to them.
    2. Seniors are asking for that. But all this adds up to millions of dollars, and you have the pressure of limiting development — or, rather, wanting development that will fit into the culture, which does limit it to some capacity.
    3. I would consider that the anchor building on that side.
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