Category Archives: Downtown

Downtown Summit

The Downtown Summit yesterday got input from about 75 residents at the Library.  We were asked to share our ideas about what we saw as the strengths, the weaknesses, and our priorities for the downtown, as well as our visual preferences.

These were the instructions.

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DOWNTOWN SUMMIT – 3-8PM today

Come by to share your views and thereby help to shape the future of our downtown.

Downtown Summit

As I think about how to make the downtown better in advance of the summit, I focus on our need for more retail space.  I think we lack a sufficient amount and density of retail shops for our downtown to be as vibrant as it should be.

Therefore, I go back to what I think was the  biggest missed opportunity of all time for Medfield, when what is now the Montrose School’s property was for sale.  The land was zoned for business uses, but no one wanted to site a business in that location.  The brokers had many high quality developers lined up ready to do mixed use developments, with retail on the  first floor and housing above, but Mike and the other selectmen would not consider the zoning change needed to allow those mixed use developments to happen.  So instead we  got a school that did not need to comply with zoning, and we also lost the $150,000 per year in taxes that had been paid by Tofias, and the much greater tax revenue that would have flowed from the mixed use development.

Perhaps we can solve this issue by rezoning more areas for retail uses.

 

 

Downtown summit tomorrow, 3-8PM at Library

Medfield office

This was the press release from the MAPC a month ago for the drop in anytime downtown planning summit taking place tomorrow at the Library from 3-8PM, being run by the Economic Development Committee.


 

Public Input Sought for Medfield

Downtown Summit

‘Downtown Action Plan’ will identify strategies and actions

for economic growth, development

 

Medfield – Do you live or own a business in Medfield? Are you interested in helping to shape the community’s vision and strategy for economic development and growth in Medfield’s downtown?

 

Join the Economic Development Committee for the Town of Medfield and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) for a public “Open House” meeting on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 that will take place between the hours of 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Medfield Public Library located at 468 Main Street. The meeting will give the public an opportunity to identify strategies to increase the economic vitality and overall vibrancy of the downtown area.

 

The event will be an Open House between the hours of 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Participants can come between those hours at any time that is convenient. Expect to stay between 30 to 45 minutes.

 

Participants – residents, business owners, property owners, anyone interested in the downtown – will be able to voice opinions that will help MAPC and the Town develop and prioritize community and economic development goals and strategies for the downtown; take part in mapping and visual preference exercises that will help to prioritize potential opportunities for retail, housing or office development, as well as improved connections in and to the downtown; and view findings from the current conditions and market analysis report.

 

An overview presentation will kick off the event and will be replayed throughout the evening to accommodate attendee schedules.

 

Funding for the Medfield Downtown Summit is provided by the 2016 District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) program enables MAPC to work with individual communities, or groups of communities, as we engage the public in responsible stewardship of our region’s future.

 

For more information about the project, contact Steve Winter at 617-933-0753 or swinter@mapc.org.

LCB at ZBA per Globe

LCB

Boston Globe article on the ZBA hearing this week.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/west/2016/02/05/assisted-living-plan-sparks-opposition-medfield/SYjr1F8XMHlaofLrza4ykN/story.html

Green St. poles status

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These emails from Verizon and Mike this morning about when the utility poles on Green Street will get moved out of the street –


Thanks Stephanie, Ken Feeney did tell me that there were two Verizon trucks out there this week working on the transfer. Thanks for your quick response So far we been able  to handle the snow, It looks like we’re in for a couple of storms, but our crews are good at keeping the roads open. I’ll forward this to Ken and Bobby Kennedy and to the Selectmen, so they’ll be in the loop. Let me know when you’re finished so we can get Eversource in to remove the poles.  Mike Sullivan

 

On Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 2:28 PM, Lee, Stephanie S wrote:

Hi Mike and Richard,

You probably are aware that Verizon crews are out on Green St. preparing to transfer lines to the new poles.  It is a complicated job that will take a couple weeks, but I wanted to let you know we will work diligently to complete our transfers.  Let’s cross our fingers for a couple more weeks of mild weather – and an early spring.

Stephanie
Stephanie Lee
State Government Affairs
125 High St. – Oliver Tower
Boston, MA 02110
O 617.743.5440 | M 978.808.6155

Downtown summit 2/9, 3-8PM

library sign

Public Input Sought for Medfield

Downtown Summit

‘Downtown Action Plan’ will identify strategies and actions

for economic growth, development

 

Medfield – Do you live or own a business in Medfield? Are you interested in helping to shape the community’s vision and strategy for economic development and growth in Medfield’s downtown?

 

Join the Economic Development Committee for the Town of Medfield and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) for a public “Open House” meeting on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 that will take place between the hours of 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Medfield Public Library located at 468 Main Street. The meeting will give the public an opportunity to identify strategies to increase the economic vitality and overall vibrancy of the downtown area.

 

The event will be an Open House between the hours of 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Participants can come between those hours at any time that is convenient. Expect to stay between 30 to 45 minutes.

 

Participants – residents, business owners, property owners, anyone interested in the downtown – will be able to voice opinions that will help MAPC and the Town develop and prioritize community and economic development goals and strategies for the downtown; take part in mapping and visual preference exercises that will help to prioritize potential opportunities for retail, housing or office development, as well as improved connections in and to the downtown; and view findings from the current conditions and market analysis report.

 

An overview presentation will kick off the event and will be replayed throughout the evening to accommodate attendee schedules.

 

Funding for the Medfield Downtown Summit is provided by the 2016 District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) program enables MAPC to work with individual communities, or groups of communities, as we engage the public in responsible stewardship of our region’s future.

 

For more information about the project, contact Steve Winter at 617-933-0753 or swinter@mapc.org.

Holiday Art & Craft Stroll 12/4

Holiday Stroll

Buy Handmade for the Holidays….

Please save the date and join us for the first annual Holiday Stroll in Medfield on Dec. 4 from 4 – 9 pm. We’re so excited to bring some terrific artists to town (including an outdoor ice sculptor!) in conjunction with M.E.M.O’s Joy to the World Singing contest and tree lighting. The artists will be at the United Church of Christ, the Library and Zullo Gallery.

In addition, you’ll find live music, activities for kids, photos with Santa, caroling, and holiday food samples from Brothers Marketplace. The complete schedule can be found at www.MedfieldCulture.org.

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On behalf of the Cultural Alliance, we wish you all a joyous, healthy and happy Thanksgiving week.

See you on Dec. 4!