This blog is all about the historic village center of Bolton, Massachusetts. It is for village residents, town residents, and all those who simply love Bolton. The idea for this blog was generated by a group of Bolton residents concerned about the historic village center.
There are potential changes in the wind that could significantly alter the character of our town center. It is a pivotal moment. Communication is vital and so this blog is offered as a vehicle to share information and exchange views regarding the future of this unique and wonderful New England place. We hope you will find it informative, engaging, thought provoking. We hope you will find it useful for both facts and opinion. And we hope you will be both a regular reader and a contributor.
One of the primary focus areas here will be the disposition of the property associated with the former gas station/garage owned and operated for years by the Smith family. This is prime vacant space (8+ acres) in the very heart of the village. What happens with this property will go a long way toward determining what our village (and our town) will be like in ten or twenty years. And while activity relating to this property is the impetus for this blog, we will also encourage a necessary broader conversation about the future of the historic center and the town as a whole—about sustainability, the location and distribution of commercial activity in town, the economics of commercial and residential development, historic preservation, the value of neighborhood, and about community needs and desires.
This site is moderated by Roland Ochsenbein, a Bolton resident. So long as they are civil and thoughtful and on-topic, comments and posts are welcome from anyone.
So let’s start this conversation right here, right now.
—Roland Ochsenbein, July 2010