Tag Archives: Bolton Crossing

Spotlight on town center

The Bolton Conservation Trust devoted its fall newsletter to a penetrating analysis of what is at stake and what is at risk with regard to the future of the town center. Followers of this blog may recognize some of the … Continue reading

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Smith property under agreement, again

It’s been quiet on the Smith property front since the Bolton Crossing deal fell apart, but there appears to be a new party taking a run at it now. You may have noticed this sign at the garage. As it … Continue reading

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Preserving Community Character

The program at the library this evening was an engaging and interactive talk titled Preserving Community Character given by Al Lima, a municipal planner and author of a book of the same title. The topic was very timely. Lima spoke … Continue reading

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Smith property update

A story in The Item today reports that the Bolton Crossing LLC option to purchase the Smith property has lapsed. No extension has been agreed upon. Click here for full story.

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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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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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What about UMass Crossing?

One of the studies often cited in discussions around development in the town center is the Sustainable Village Center Planning Study (2008), prepared by the Dept. of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at UMass/Amherst. It is commonly referred to as the … Continue reading

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Since you asked.

In answer to reader Tom’s comment and query about the Callahan land and its relation to the Smith property (response to Hi.), below is an assessor’s map colored to identify the abutters at the back of the Smith property. There … Continue reading

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So what’s the fuss?

Well, here’s the fuss. On July 8, a real estate developer appeared before the Board of Selectmen and discussed a “very, very preliminary” plan (right, click to enlarge) to purchase and commercially develop the 8+ acre Smith property in the … Continue reading

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