March 11 — To the Editor:
I was extremely disappointed when I read the Portsmouth Herald story about the recent City Council meeting on the McIntyre project ("McIntyre redevelopment continues to draw mixed reviews," March 6).
Coverage of the meeting was completely out of step with the tone of the meeting and the support expressed for the McIntyre project. I was very impressed with the presentation by the Redgate-Kane team and Burner/Cott architecture firm, as were many other individuals who attended the meeting. Unfortunately, the paper failed to include even a single positive line about the content of that presentation.
The Recigate-Kane Team is investing almost $7 million toward public space that can be used almost year-round by the families of Portsmouth. Look at the other developments that have been built in Portsmouth with no public space.
Instead the article focused heavily on a minority that wants to convert the site into a park — a proposal that has no chance of meeting federal requirements. The City of Portsmouth is blessed to have a variety of outstanding public parks. The Redgate-Kane McIntyre plan will deliver amenities that residents don't currently have access to, which participants got a clear picture of with the new 3D tour - amenities like the year-round indoor space, co-working space and market for local vendors.
The city of Portsmouth is close to realizing a new vision for the McIntyre site despite the paper's efforts to portray it to the contrary, the Redgate-Kane plan did receive many positive comments and will be one we can all be proud of.