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EDC Met Thursday Morning

by Bobby Blair
May 6, 2018

Members of the town's Economic Development Committee met Thursday morning at town hall. Several members of the board recently attended the ribbon cutting ceremonies for Herb Chambers' new collision center in the New Englander Industrial Park off of Rt. 126. Chairman Peter Barbieri said he wants the committe to be pro-active.

Town Admisistrator Jeff Ritter announced that the downtown traffic light project is on schedule with the lights hopefully to be activated on July 1st. Ritter also said there are thoughts to making the former Axton Cross property on Cross Street a solar farm. A purchase and sales agreement has been signed for the above property at 9 Green Street. The prospective buyer plans to locate their business in the vacant building. The building once served as a bowling ally (pins were set up by hand) in the 30's and later by Ty-Car Mfg. which produced clock hands in the 1960's. The building has lanquished in recent years with taxes unpaid. Town Tax Collector Mary Bousquet is delighted with the sale as the town will receive $111,004.36 in unpaid interest and taxes.

Word had also been received by committee members that Jasper Hill Cafe & Bisto will be leaving town soon for a new location in Millis. Board member Matthew Coletti suggested the town could charge a vacancy fee for empty storefronts as some communities have done. Coletti also suggested a crowd funding effort to activate a grant program for business owners to purchase capital needs. Chairman Barbieri felt the funds might go to sprucing up storefronts or for signage.

 

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Comments (5)

Wellesley we are not! I've been arguing this for years...and I agree with Mark - make it hard for people to park, and they will take their wallets elsewhere. If we want to be known for used car lots and empty store fronts....well, we're heading in the right direction..

- Stan Coffin | 5/7/18 9:12 PM

Take away 9 parking spots and wonder why there are/will be empty store fronts! I think you will see plenty more business owners leaving the center of town in the near future. No parking...no business. Many of the property owners will be looking for RE tax abatements to offset the loss in rents as business owners go to locations where there customers can park and shop!

- Mark Heavner | 5/7/18 4:58 PM

Does anyone know why Jasper Hill is leaving? Did rent go up? Better location?

- Bill Littfield | 5/7/18 3:25 PM

If you want to see a small town with an alive downtown, visit Medfield - losing Jasper Hill will suck a little more oxygen out of Holliston and that's the last thing we need P.S. nice comments Warren

- Lee DeSorgher | 5/7/18 12:29 PM

Speaking to the issue of vacant store fronts and other commercial properties, we need to take a look at the rents that the owners of these properties may be seeking from their tenants relative to the way we value and tax those parcels Are the assessments for these parcels in line with the actual market rent value of these parcels. If not and the owners of these properties can afford to hold them just as speculative investments for future "capital gains" rather than set the rent so they can be fully occupied to their highest and best use,the town is losing in two ways and we need to address this.

- Warren Chamberlain | 5/6/18 9:58 AM

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