New Kiosk on Village Green

A new 3 sided Kiosk was installed by the Dennis Port Revitalization Committee at the beginning of July at the entrance to the Village Green & Mike Stacy Park. A big “Thank You” goes to Tom Huettner, chief engineer, architect  and builder of the Kiosk. Tom also donated many other materials for this project. Terry Clen, Harbor Master, donated the surplus pole that the Kiosk is mounted on. Mid Cape gave us a discount on the Azek wood. All Cape Aluminum donated the 3 pieces of tempered glass for the doors as well as a 4th piece of glass for another smaller Kiosk being made for the Pocket Park. There was well in excess of 100 man hours invested in this project. Total Cost $500.00 for the finish material.

One side of the Kiosk will be used for Dennis Port Revitalization and South Side Civic information. The second door will be for the Merchants of Dennis Port and the 3rd. side will be Town, Police and Library information.

The new 3 sided Kiosk on the Village Green

The new 3 sided Kiosk on the Village Green

 

Village Green is Alive & Well

The Village Green has received some landscaping improvements from DPW. As part of the Bocce Court Project all the bushes around the Gazebo and scrub bushes and brush along Hall St. were removed to increase visibility for the Dennis P.D. and reduce the hiding places and vandalism that was occurring in the area. Vandalism to the Gazebo was repaired by Tom Sisson and his crew at Building Facility Mgmt. 21 posts had to be fabricated to replace missing or broken posts as well as damaged electrical boxes. The lattice work at the bottom of the Gazebo will also be replaced in the near future.

The bushes have been removed from around the Bandstand/Gazebo

The bushes have been removed from around the Bandstand/Gazebo

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Bocce Courts are Completed

We just have to mark out foul lines etc.

We just have to mark out foul lines etc.

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The Bocce Courts have been completed on the Village Green.

Bocce Courts under construction by DPW

Bocce Courts under construction by DPW

Next DPRC Meeting 9/9/13

There will be no meeting in August. The Committee will be taking a well deserved unpaid vacation. Due to Labor Day, the next meeting of the Dennis Port Revitalization Committee will be on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Dennis Public Library on Hall St.

Dennis Port Articles by Phyllis Robbins Horton

Coming soon will be several reprints of the 2004 and 2005 Dennis Historical Society Newsletter containing stories of downtown Dennis Port in the 1930’s and 40’s written and compiled by Phyllis Horton. Phyllis is a walking and talking Dennis Historian with a mind and memory that would put any computer to shame. She is a legend among her peers and just fascinating to talk and listen too. Hopefully we can get these reprints on the website within the next week.

Public Hearing on Heritage Sands Project

The Selectmen will be holding a public hearing on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 at 5 p.m at Town Hall. This hearing was requested by a neighborhood group that wants this project to be reviewed by the Cape Cod Commission.

The Dennis Port Revitalization Committee ( DPRC ) has followed this project closely since its inception and initial presentation in 2011. The developer has made numerous concessions along the way. The project has already been delayed and a referral to the Cape Cod Commission ( CCC ) would put the entire project into an indefinite delay and jeopardy.

While the project sits idle there is an economic hit to the local economy. The area has 7 acres of prime real estate sitting empty on Old Wharf Rd. There are no workers on site, who could be patronizing local businesses and spending money in Dennis Port. There will be no one using the site during the summer. That is a loss of approx. 300 people a week  (when it was an RV Park, 144 RV spaces, plus several cottages ) spending money in Dennis.

The new development calls for 63 seasonal cottages. When and if it is developed there will be significantly less people and vehicles using this site. The Dennis Port Revitalization Committee believes there is enough oversight and review of the project by the competent and professional employees of the Town of Dennis in the Engineering, Planning, Conservation and Building Departments. The State DEP will also set their guidelines and mandates.

A referral to the Cape Cod Commission is an unnecessary delay and a slap in the face to hard working and dedicated Town employees.

Do you have Old Photo’s of Dennis Port

If you have any old photo’s of Dennis Port either downtown, old businesses, or beach scenes and would like to share them, send via email to dennisportrevitalization@gmail.com we will post your picture on the website and add it to the picture gallery.

Heritage Sands Project Update

Unfortunately the start of the project has been delayed with new issues and concerns from abutters in the area. There is a continued hearing tonight (1/3/13 ) at 7 p.m. at Town Hall in front of the Conservation Commission.

As stated previously, the Dennis Port Revitalization Committee fully supports this project. The addition of 63 new and up-to-code cottages off of Old Wharf Rd. would bring some much needed revenue to the local economy now and in the future. Hopefully we will have a positive update after tonight’s meeting. It will be on Channel 18 at 7 p.m.

Update: Jan. 10, 2013 read today’s issue of the Register for the latest information on this project.

Check Out Cape Cod Magazine

Check out page 44 of the January edition of Cape Cod Magazine now at your local news stand. The magazine highlighted 28 people to watch this year on Cape Cod and Dennis Port Revitalizers were picked as a group.

The Revitalizers include Fred McFadden, who represents Summit Realty Partners. He is transforming vacant storefronts into vibrant long term businesses.

Nicole Merriman owner of Hot Diggity Dog Wash & Boutique has had a very successful first year in Dennis Port. Nicole should also win an award for best window decorations.

Alyson Bucchiere, owner of the very popular Buckies Biscotti has been a great catalyst in bringing energy and people back into downtown Dennis Port. Buckies is open 365 days a year.

Last, but not least, is the Dennis Port Revitalization Committee that is working hand in hand with all the merchants downtown and civic organizations to renew the popularity and excitement that will once again make Dennis Port a #1 destination for visitors and residents.

Let the work continue….