Monthly Archives: August 2010

Adaptive reuse

When planners and architects talk about adaptive reuse, they are usually talking about such things as converting old warehouses into loft housing, or turning abandoned mills into art spaces or technology incubators. Adaptive reuse can be a wonderful strategy to … Continue reading

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It’s that time again

Forget the thermometer; look at the calendar. School starts tomorrow. You knew that? Ok, well I was really just looking for an excuse to post this unusual view of Florence Sawyer School. Looks like it could be located in the … Continue reading

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Calendar: Economic Development Committee-8/30 and 8/31

The Economic Development Committee is doing some fact-finding this week as they work on economic modeling relating to the effects of expanding the town’s commercial base. Tonight they are meeting with the town Tax Assessors at 7:30 p.m. (details  here); tomorrow … Continue reading

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Anchors away

So I took a couple of roads trips recently to see if I could get a feel for ways tasteful commercial development can occur in a small New England town center, and also how/if it can co-exist with the residential … Continue reading

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The realest people I have ever known

BOLTON, 1893 This extraordinary essay about Bolton in the 1890’s is excerpted from the book, The Locomotive-God, by William Ellery Leonard (1876-1944), published in 1927 by Century Company. Leonard was a poet, playwright, and scholar. He was the son of The Rev. … Continue reading

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Calendar: Another ‘addition’ to the neighborhood

Bolton’s handsome new Public Safety Building, a combined facility for Police, Fire, EMTs, Dispatch, and Emergency Ops, is set to be dedicated next Saturday, August 28, at 11 am. Tours will be conducted 1 pm-2 pm. Check it out.

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Calendar: Planning Board, August 25

It’s been quiet lately, the height of summer, but we expect things to pick up starting next week. The Planning Board meets next on Wednesday, August 25 at 7:30 pm. Item of interest on the agenda is the start of … Continue reading

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Happens all the time

A handful of bidders, neighbors, and interested parties showed up at the advertised foreclosure auction of the Salt Box property on Main Street at 2 p.m. this afternoon. The auction did not happen. The auction company announced a tentative reschedule … Continue reading

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Evening shadows

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Economic development and the Faustian proposition

Another character in our unfolding story is the new 9-member Economic Development Committee. This group has set ambitious goals for itself and is starting out with vigor. Their published mission statement reads:“…to help attract, retain and grow business and jobs … Continue reading

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