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Economic Development Committee Met

by Paul Saulnier
July 11, 2017

Two members were present at the 8:00 AM start but it took until 8:40 AM to reach a quorum.

Chairman Peter Barbieri, above right, and member Bob Warburton passed the time talking informally with John DelliPriscoli, below right, owner of HBP (Hopping Brook Park). John indicated that his plans for future development in the park (Phased II) include facilities for warehousing and distribution. Peter said that the committee would prefer more office or research type facilities. But John indicated that HBP will not attract that type of development because it is not close enough to routes 9 or 495. John said that a traffic light installed at the entrance to the park would improve interest in the park. Speaking of interest in the park, there have been no further inquiries from "growers" about locating in the park, according to John.

After members David Thorn and Lisa Zais arrived, the committee and Town Planner Karen Sherman reviewed a public information flyer they plan to issue about economic development in Holliston: "Why come to Holliston?"

Town Administrator Jeff Ritter said that demolition of the Flagg School is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 10, 2017 and should be completed by August 30, 2017.. He has heard many rumors about what might replace the old building. Updates on this and the inspirational downtown lights are put on the town's website every Friday (left side under Town Links, last line "Update on Town Projects".). With respect to the Andrews School, the town has tentatively scheduled the surplus property sale for Tuesday, September 12th  and the RFP response date (for the Andrews School) for Friday, September 8th at noon.  "We are going on parallel paths which ever price comes in higher for the school we will consider", Ritter wrote in an email to HollistonReporter.com.

Bob Warburton announced that he is stepping down from the committee leaving it three members short of the seven authorized. Bob was thanked for his service to the town. Any one interested in serving on the committee is encouraged to contact Jeff Ritter for more information. The next meeting will be scheduled for some time in September.

 

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