The Town Center

May 2023

This office has been working on a preliminary outreach plan for any affected stakeholders of the Town Center project. This will allow for many opportunities for input and outreach for residents throughout Town. Please see below for the schedule. The Town sat down with stakeholders during the summer of 2022, CLICK HERE to read more about those meetings. 

Public Information Gathering and Possible Meetings 

  • May 22nd Select Board Meeting (Special) 
  • June 13th Public Meeting (during Neighborhood Meeting Week) 
  • July 12th Zoom Public Meeting (incorporate input from previous meetings)

Committees Between June and August 

  • Planning (Economic Development / Planning) 
  • Library Board of Trustees Meeting (Stakeholder) 
  • COA Board Meeting (Stakeholder) 
  • Recreation Commission Meeting (Stakeholder) 
  • Historic District Commission 
  • Yankee Doodle Bike Path Committee 
  • Finance Committee 
  • School Committee 
  • Disabilities Commission 
  • Housing Authority

Other Stakeholders between June and August 

  • Business and Resident 
  • School Department 
  • Farmers Market (Stakeholder) 
  • Food Pantry (Stakeholder) 

April 2023

The Town and BETA attended the Historic District Commission meeting on April 5th to receive input from the commission and ask questions pertaining to the historic structures. This Presentation was given to the HDC during the meeting and recieved positive feedback from the commission and residents that attended. The points of concern brought up by the commission that the project team will be looking at are parking inn front of the library, placement of electrical transformers, and the trees.  

February/March 2023

The Town is continuing to work on the design with BETA. There are Three major components to this project:

  1. utility coordination
    1. The Town has been meeting bi-monthly on the design and future coordination. The town is employing the same approach it used in the first phase of the Town Center project.
  2. The second item has been a traffic and parking analysis.
    1. The parking study is on-going and the Town is waiting for the warmer weather for further investigation.
  3. The final major item has been working to find funding sources for the project.
    1. This office has met with Congresswoman Lori Trahan, State Senator Cindy Friedman, and State Representative Marc Lombardo to present them the project.
      1. Congresswoman Trahan will be submitting a Community Project Funding request of $3,000,000 for the Town Center Project

January 2023

On Tuesday, January 24, 2023, this office sat down with BETA, Verizon, Comcast, and National Grid to discuss the utility coordination for the Town Center project. The focus was to define the scope of work for burying the utility lines, some telephone poles are located on the edge of the project and it’s in the Town’s interest to see those undergrounded. 

November/December 2022

BETA group, the engineers for the Center Project worked on the design. 

October 2022

Town Meeting voted to fund the design of the Town Center Project in Fall 2022. 

September 2022

At the September 12, 2022 Select Board meeting BETA Group, the engineers for the Center Project, gave a presentation to the Board referenced below. The presentation reviewed the project background and existing road conditions; as well as the support of the stakeholders around the Town Center. BETA also presented an updated conceptual design to the Board referenced below. After hearing the presentation the Select Board voted to recommend the Town Center to Town Meeting for design funding. 

Select Board Presentation - September 12, 2022

Town Common Conceptual Design 2022