Luter has been good to Smithfield

Published 5:24 pm Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Editor, The Smithfield Times:

There appears to be a considerable amount of discussion around town concerning the development of the Pierceville property by the new owner, Mr. Joseph Luter.

Although I have in the past managed several projects for Mr. Luter, I am not involved with his plans for Pierceville. That said, in every project in which I was involved and others, it was his intention to preserve the classic atmosphere that is Smithfield, such as downtown street improvements, Taste of Smithfield, the YMCA, Luter Sports Complex, Smithfield Little Theater and Windsor Castle Park. Although he no longer resides in Smithfield, you can witness his strong devotion to the town.

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When I met with him in late 2009, he revealed his plans to purchase Windsor Castle property in order to develop a park. He had engaged in a considerable amount of international travel and was impressed with the number of parks located in small towns and large cities. He further expressed his belief that the ability to exercise in conjunction with nature would improve the health and well-being of the community as a whole.

It was not about Joe Luter but his desire to bestow to the citizens currently residing in Smithfield and surroundings, and those to come, a treasure that will continue to give for years to come.

In an effort to assuage any negative concerns that are being expressed, I can say there are currently no plans for development of the Pierceville property. A consulting firm has been engaged to study Smithfield’s current and past character, including population growth, residential, commercial, industry, historic, etc. Until that process is completed, any speculation concerning future development is just that, SPECULATION. Based on past accomplishments, there should be no concern that Pierceville will be none other than a stellar addition to the town of Smithfield.


Lawrence Pitt