Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The $500,000 inspection costs will be distributed among seven communities.
The estimated $500,000 cost of inspections for a $62.4 million renovation to the Assabet Valley Regional Vocational High School will be born by the seven member communities. “The cost will just be assessed to the member communities," said Superintendent-Director Mary Jo Nawrocki of the Assabet Valley School District. Nawrocki declined to comment further on the matter, saying she had not heard anything officially from city of Marlborough officials. She said no cost had been given for the inspection of the project, which is being done in Marlborough. She did not specify the mechanism that would be used to have the member communities pay for the inspections nor whether it would increase the cost of the project. The Marlborough City Council …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The Marlborough City Council voted to charge roughly $500,000 in inspection services for the renovation project at the Assabet Valley Regional Vocational High School.
An additional $500,000 in fees will need to be accounted for in the $62.4 million Assabet Valley Regional Vocational School renovation following a vote by the City Council Monday night. “The project is not being held up. The project is moving forward," said City Council President Patricia Pope of a short-term agreement regarding inspection services. “If we waive the fees, then the $500,000 in fees is borne by the city of Marlborough.” Municipal inspection fees for public works project are often waived and that is the verbal agreement which was made with Former Mayor Nancy Stevens and the former building inspector, Stephen Reid, said a letter from Superintendent-Director Mary Jo Nawrocki of the Assabet Valley School District. Pope confirmed…
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The City Council voted to approve $500,000 towards the design of the new $7 million Senior Center while councilors said they would work with members of the Ward Park neighborhood.
The City Council voted unanymously to funds $500,000 towards the design of a new $7 million Senior Center slated for location at Ward Park. The fund transfer was voted through unanymously by the council although two councilors voiced the need for ongoing discussions regarding the location at Ward Park. "I do have a lot of concerns with how we got here," said Ward 3 Councilor Matt Elder who was concerned that both he and the recreation commission were bipassed. He said that he would be voting for the funds, which will be used towards the design of the project, in order to allow things to move forward. Elder said he will hold meetings with constituents and explore their concerns. He said many people who have voiced concerns still were in …
Monday, December 3, 2012
The Finance Committee recommended the City Council put $500,000 towards design of a new $7 million senior center.
Finance Committee members spoke in favor of the new $7 million senior center proposed to be built in Ward Park prior to unanymously recommending the City Council approve $500,000 towards the design of the center. “I can’t tell you how excited I am about moving this project forward," said Mayor Arthur Vigeant as he adressed the committee. He explained that the decision on the location had been years in the making after exploring many other options. A civil engineer has done an initial evaluation of the property, while the city solicitor confirmed that the city would be able to build on the property. The $500,000 would go towards securing an Owner's Project Manager and ensuring the work can move forward as fast as possible, said Mayor …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The "Forest Park" mixed use overlay, that includes 350 apartments, has been endorsed by a unanimous vote of the Urban Affairs Committee.
The "Forest Park" mixed use overlay was recommended to the City Council by a unanymous vote of the Urban Affairs Committee Tuesday night. “I have never been a fan of overlay dist but this one is diff. This is really going into an are of town that needs some help," said City Council President Patricia Pope. "We are getting an opportunity to create something for the Marlborough of the future instead of treading water.” Forest Park developers are seeking to build 350 residential units as part of a 110 acre multi-use campus on the former HP campus. The development will give the city $3 million in net tax revenue annually once it is fully built out. The members of the Urban Affairs Committee were positive about the development and what it means…
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
From a $4.5 million dollar lease to $2.6 million to the schools; we have what you need to know about City Council decisions from Monday.
1. The City Council voted to approve a 25 year lease of the Bigelow School to the Assabet Collaborative. Ongoing maintenance of the building will be taken care of while the city receives roughly $4.5 million over the course of the lease. 2. The council voted to put $100,000 into an account to cover costs associated with Hurricane Sandy. 3. The approval of an inter-municipal agreement paved the way for an extension of the Assabet River Rail Trail. It will eventually run all the way to Acton. 4. The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security has awarded the City of Marlborough a grant in the amount of $99,805 that will help offset dispatch costs. 5. The Finance Committee will be discussing an additional $2.6 million requested to go to …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
U.S. Senator Scott Brown was endorsed by the Democratic City Council President.
Democratic City Council President Patricia Pope officially endorsed U.S. Senator Scott Brown Tuesday. "It's very important that our people down in Washington know where we are on the map and have been here and communicate with us," said Pope to a crowd gathered at the Main Street Cafe on Tuesday where Sen. Brown had stopped in as he continues the push to the November 6 election. "He has been a constant companion to us here in Marlborough." Being a Democrat, it is important to vote on the person and not the party, said Pope as she endorsed the Republican. "The City Council President's endorsement, whether she be a Democrat or Republican, is huge," said Sen. Brown. He told the room of gathered supporters that he has been to the city dozens …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
A potential new development at the former Hewlett Packard campus has the potential to add $3 million in taxes to the city, according to developers.
The 109 acre "Forest Park" development is being heralded by developers Atlantic Management as an answer to the needs of businesses and their workers while also bringing a large amount of funds in for the city. The developers are petitioning the city for the creation of an overlay district that would allow the commercial and industrial site to also play host to retail and residential. The discussion has just begun for this development but we have pulled together some of the most important numbers and facts associated with the proposal. The developer's numbers also include figures on the impact the development will have on the city. The developers have presented the overlay language to both the Planning Board and City Council. The City …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
America runs on Dunkin, but what kinds of sales numbers does a Dunkin Donuts need to run?
The Dunkin Donuts at 54 Main Street could soon undergo a transformation that would allow for the installation of a drive-thru if the owner of the property has their way. As the owner and company plead their case, they revealed a slew of interesting numbers about this Dunkin Donuts and your average Dunkin Donuts. Let Patch save you time. Get great local stories like this delivered right to your inbox or smartphone everyday with our free newsletter. Simple, fast sign-up here. Officials from Dunkin Donuts and the owner of the land say the drive-thru is completely necessary to keep the store in the area. Dunkin Donuts will not renue the lease without a drive-thru. The matter was referred to Urban Affairs for further discussion.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
From a conservation grant to the resolution of a law suit; here are the three things you missed at the City Council meeting Monday night.
While the City Council spent time discussing the merits of overlay districts, there were a number of other items on the agenda.