Tag Archives: Overlay district

Selectmen review Salt Box plans

The Board of Selectmen met last Thursday with the new owners of the Salt Box property and reviewed proposed conceptual renderings for a commercial redevelopment of the familiar site at 626 Main Street. The new site plan identifies the project … Continue reading

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Calendar: Planning Board—the long view

If you are interested in these kinds of questions—what are the impacts of growth and preservation in the I-495 region, where should development be directed in our community, what land is a priority for protection—then you should come to the … Continue reading

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Calendar: Planning Board and Historic Dist. Study Committee

There are two meetings of interest tonight relating to things we follow on this blog. The Planning Board is beginning to discuss the details of possible recommendations for a mixed-use overlay district (aka “village overlay”) at 8 p.m. this evening. Full … Continue reading

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Survey says: no major changes to center of town

On Monday evening the Economic Development Committee reported the results of their recent town-wide survey. This is an effort we’ve been following because the survey focuses considerable attention on Main Street and the town center. I’m posting the presentation here … Continue reading

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Calendar: Planning Board, Wednesday 1/26

The Planning Board is meeting tomorrow evening, Wednesday, January 26, weather permitting. Agenda is here. Items of interest relating to topics followed on this blog include: 1) at 7:40 p.m., a representative of new owner of the Salt Box property … Continue reading

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Planning Board sets initial focus for village zoning study

The Planning Board on Wednesday established initial focus areas for the MAPC consultants working on the village zoning project that we’ve been following here. The project has two components: 1) research possible design review guidelines for defined areas of town, … Continue reading

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Planning Board kicks off mixed-use/design guideline study

There was a fundamental question raised at last night’s Planning Board meeting: should we encourage or allow new commercial development in the town center at all? The Planning Board kicked off its mixed-use/design guideline study last night in a well-attended … Continue reading

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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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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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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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