Proposed Franklin Field pool would bring substantial increases in home values

To the editor:

It was with great interest that I read of the proposal to build a municipal pool at Franklin Field. I have been fortunate to live in Pelham for 58 years. (No, I was not born here, but I got here as soon as I could!) As a resident, I feel this is an idea long overdue.

As a Realtor, I feel Pelham can certainly compete with other small communities in location, our schools and our playing fields. But in a competitive market, a town pool would be a strong selling point. Acres of turf and grass are impressive to prospective buyers. But no Realtor would show a potential buyer around Pelham without pointing out our town swimming pool—if we had one.

A swimming pool at Franklin Field would have a first-rate location in the middle of town and be accessible to all. Just look how the town library enhanced the town!

But just as important for homeowners is the financing of the pool by users, much like Little League, tennis and Pelham Children’s Theatre. Every property in Pelham would see a substantial increase in value with no investment by non-pool users.

I urge the board of education to investigate this proposal in depth. The land is there. It can be done.

Ann H. Rende

4472 Boston Post Rd