Kevin Sweet, Town Administrator
195 Main St.
Maynard, MA 01754
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Maynard’s Economic Development Committee Recommends Approval of Two Town Meeting Articles
MAYNARD — Town Administrator Kevin Sweet is pleased to report that the Maynard Economic Development Committee (EDC) has unanimously voted to recommend approval for zoning amendments, which will be heard at the Jan. 11 Town Meeting.
The Committee recommended approval for the proposed reduction in square footage for the “Healthcare Industrial District,” which applies to the Mill and Main campus (formerly Clock Tower Place). The Committee noted that today’s retail trends are toward local purveyors (retail and restaurants is expected to account for roughly 10 percent of the entire campus).
EDC Chair Dave Krijger also emphasized that eliminating the minimum doesn’t prevent larger businesses from locating in Maynard.
“It only opens the door for smaller proprietors to open in the mill,” Chair Krijger said.
Town Administrator Kevin Sweet noted that “allowing for a broad range of retail and restaurant sizes will increase the diversity of businesses. We feel that the mill is going to become a significant regional draw; having the flexibility for square footage puts Maynard the best position for a tremendous variety of businesses.”
Also recommended for approval by the Committee is the proposed amendment to Neighborhood Business Overlay Zoning District (NBOD) that applies to the 129 Parker St. (former Digital Equipment) site.
The Committee believes that the zoning changes will allow for a project that is a considerable improvement over previous configurations and that will ultimately be a great addition to Maynard. Noting that the proposed amendments were the product of a long negotiation between the Town and the developer, and that opportunities for public input had been maximized, the Committee unanimously voted to support the article.
“Many of the uses proposed by the developer have been requested by the public, most notably, a Continuing Care Retirement Facility (not currently permitted in the NBOD), “Town Planner Bill Nemser said.
One aspect of both projects applauded by the Committee was the amount of public input both developers have facilitated.
“Keeping the public in the forefront not only helps identify concerns, but more importantly, it helps keeps everyone informed with the most up to date information,” Chair Krijger said. “The EDC strongly believes both projects will benefit the Town and urges all voters to approve both the articles.”
Town Meeting will be held Monday, Jan. 11 at the Fowler School Auditorium.
For additional information, contact Town Planner Bill Nemser at 978-897-1302 or [email protected]