CPA funding could help transform Pequitside Barn


Dear Editor:

This letter is written in support of the town warrant article recommending the expenditure of Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds for an architectural study and structural assessment of the Pequitside Barn, as detailed in Article 27, Motion 5. (Editor’s note: The barn is unrelated to the “Little Red House” at Pequitside, which is the focus of a separate renovation effort and the recipient of past CPA funding.)

We see wonderful, innovative developments transpiring with the Plymouth Rubber site relative to retaining our cultural heritage. The opportunity that exists relative to our preservation and utilization of the Paul Revere antiquities is nothing short of defining Canton as one of the most progressive communities on the south shore. I currently serve on several town committees and two town boards. The oversight committee at Pequitside is one of the most rewarding activities I am engaged in. At Pequitside I also volunteer as the facilitator of the Canton Community Vegetable Gardens. Looking over at the imposing barn from the gardens, one can easily envision the barn as a community center for the arts, theater and musical performances. It would need a significant overhaul with major modifications to expand it for larger performances and multiple uses. If done right, it has the potential to draw nationally named performers — similar to those who appear at the Narrows in Fall River and The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN). It can be used as well for social functions that generate income for the town.

The proposed allocation of funding for this first step is most vitally important for this innovative endeavor. An exploratory committee could then be formed to determine the best utilization. I do firmly believe that, besides CPA funding, we would find state cultural grants, along with both private donors and paid patrons. When you look around town for an alternate setting for a dedicated center for the arts, the shortcomings are readily apparent. On behalf of myself and those interested in transforming this diamond in the rough into a Canton jewel with a renewed life, I urge you to vote “yes” for the warrant article.

Gerald (Jerry) Andrew Carmichael, MSW

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