Hotel breaks ground

Posted by on Jun 8, 2018 in Bourne's Downtown, News | 0 comments

Downtown Hotel Celebrates Groundbreaking On Wednesday, June 27, Hampton Inn owners and Town leaders gathered to mark the construction of a 100-room hotel in Downtown Bourne, the Village of Buzzards Bay. Planning for the hotel began more than four years ago — see below for the critical steps in bringing the hotel to Town. Hampton Inn To Celebrate Groundbreaking For New B. Bay Hotel By MICHAEL J. RAUSCH June 1, 2018 from the Bourne Enterprise Ground has been broken on construction of the new Hampton Inn on Perry Avenue in Buzzards Bay, and the new hotel’s owners have announced that a formal groundbreaking ceremony will be held later this month. The 100-room hotel will be owned and operated by Darling Hotels LLC. Company president David Darling said that construction of the hotel will be done by Hutter Construction out of New Hampshire. The structure is expected to be completed in June 2019, Mr. Darling said. “Breaking ground at this site solidifies our partnership with hospitality leader Hampton by Hilton and the Buzzards Bay community,” Mr. Darling said. The hotel is the first piece of a multi-use project covering 11.6 acres off Perry Avenue that has been touted as also including condominiums, retail space and a restaurant. The Hampton Inn will fit on one of four lots the acreage has been divided into. The project required variances from the Bourne Planning Board before construction could commence. The town’s zoning regulations for the Growth Incentive Zone require hotels in the downtown business district to have 1,500 square feet of land per room. For a hotel with 100 rooms that comes to 150,000 square feet. The Hampton Inn, however, covers just 117,000 square feet, or 2.7 acres, so the developers requested relief from the town’s dimensional requirements. The planning board also issued a variance for the height of the hotel. The town’s zoning regulations allow for a maximum of four stories, but five stories can be granted with a special permit. Board members approved the additional height. No date has been set for the formal groundbreaking ceremony. New Buzzards Bay Hotel Gets Waiver From Dimension Regulations By MICHAEL J. RAUSCH, BOURNE ENTERPRISE  Plans to bring a new Hampton Inn to Buzzards Bay have taken another step forward. The Bourne Planning Board approved a site plan review/special permit for the new hotel during its meeting Thursday evening, March 23. The hotel is the first piece of a multi-use project covering 11.6 acres that has been touted as also including condominiums, retail space and a restaurant. Developers are planning a 100-room hotel that would be five stories tall. The town’s zoning regulations allow for four stories but five stories can be granted with a...

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Calling for Applications

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The BFDC is calling for applications from people interested in serving as the organization’s Executive Director. Go to the “Contact” tab to apply. Why? Because the person who has served in that role for the last 13 years is retiring. See press statement below. BFDC Searching for new Executive Director The Bourne Financial Development Corporation has announced that Sallie K. Riggs is planning to retire from her role as Executive Director of the economic development corporation and that it is beginning a search for her replacement. Ms. Riggs, one of the original incorporators of the organization in 2002, has been serving as Executive Director since December 2004. During that time, the BFDC has worked closely with Town officials toward the revitalization of Bourne’s Downtown, the Village of Buzzards Bay. Those activities have resulted in developers bringing a 100-room hotel to the Village, as well as a continuing care community that has created over 50 jobs and a 100+ unit residential project that is in the permitting phase.  Resident at a recent Town Meeting voted to approve expanding wastewater treatment capacity to support additional development and redevelopment. The BFDC is advertising a search for someone who can assume the role of Executive Director. “It is a great job for someone who is retired and is looking for a project that is part-time and can be very rewarding,” Ms. Riggs told the BFDC Board of Directors. The effective date for Ms. Riggs’ retirement is December 31, 2017, but she has told the Board that she will be available to assist in the transition. “Sallie’s retirement comes at a particularly interesting time in the organization’s history,” noted Board President Daniel L. Doucette. “Ten years ago, the BFDC targeted Main Street Buzzards Bay for its first project. Now the impediments to development that had been identified at that time are gone and developers are bringing potential Main Street projects to Town officials. It is time for the BFDC to look to its next major focus.” In 2007 and 2008, the BFDC earned state grants that were used to develop a vision plan for the Village and to begin the process of expanding wastewater treatment capacity. In the years following, with the active support of the BFDC, Town Meetings have adopted 1) a Downtown Zoning District to facilitate mixed use, greater density (four stories by right), and other smart growth principles, 2) Architectural and Sign Guidelines and Standards, and 3) an Anti-Blight By-law. In April 2012 the Cape Cod Commission approved the Town’s application for a Growth Incentive Zone, removing one level of permitting and expense for potential developers. For several years Ms. Riggs represented the BFDC on the Town’s Wastewater Advisory Committee and...

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Town Awarded $1.5 Million Grant for Wastewater Treatment Capacity Expansion and FAQs on the Project

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in News, Wastewater | 0 comments

On October 19, 2017 at a ceremony at the Bourne Community Center the state’s Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced that the Town had been awarded a $1.5 million MassWorks grant toward the completion of the proposed wastewater treatment plant. The grant reduces the amount that voters at the October 30 Town Meeting will be asked to fund. Answers to voters questions and other facts about the project can be read by clicking the link here. 2017 10 FAQ Sheet   At the May Town Meeting, Bourne residents voted to appropriate funds to support continuing design and permitting for a new wastewater treatment plant that will expand management capacity for Bourne’s Downtown. The vote of 264 to 14, clearly more than the required 2/3, signaled the commitment to continuing the steps necessary to support downtown revitalization. The plant is expected to be operational in 2018 and will expand the Town’s wastewater treatment capacity by 100,000 gallons per day. The project is located on Town-owned land next to the Armory on the By-pass...

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Park Restoration and Upgrade Complete

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in News, Park | 0 comments

June 2018: The restoration and upgrade of the Buzzards Bay Park on Main Street was completed in late May and a re-dedication ceremony on June 1 marked its official opening. May 2018: After a break for winter weather, the restoration and upgrade of the Buzzards Bay Park is continuing. Play area surfacing and a splash pad are being installed, along with adult fitness stations. A large pavilion for events and gatherings has been completed, including lights for evening activities. A smaller shade pavilion is positioned so that parents can supervise their children in the fenced play areas. A re-dedication of the park is being planned for Memorial Day Weekend. By then sod will have been installed and more trees, grasses and bushes will have been planted. December 2017: As winter approaches and threatens to halt work on the Buzzards Bay Park, the Green Acres crew continue installing equipment and preparing for the final steps in the park’s upgrade and restoration. As the photo above shows, several items of play equipment are installed. The plan is to finish the installation of the irrigation system in the Phase Two area, complete the preparation of the new walkways for the final asphalt layer next spring, and finish the grading in preparation for seeding in the spring. The materials for both the large and small pavilions have arrived and several dozen trees have been planted. More trees and other landscaping material will be installed in the spring. The rubber pads for the play area and the splash pad must wait until temperatures are reliably above 50 degrees, so that also means spring. October 2017: The contract for the next phase in the park restoration and upgrade was awarded to Green Acres Landscape and Construction Co. from Lakeville in ;ate August. They have begun working by preparing the concrete bases for the pavilion and the new shade structure near the children’s’ play area. The expect to plant large trees part way around the central lawn by the end of October. Play equipment and splash pad features are expected to arrive in the November-December time period. The rubberized surface for the play areas will be installed in the spring — it is a temperature sensitive process. Also in the spring they will complete the final grass seeding and plantings. May 2, 2017: In an overwhelmingly positive show of support for completing the Buzzards Bay Park, Bourne residents voted 171 to 9 to appropriate the $1,015,000 needed to add the features and amenities that Town residents asked for in a survey when the park restoration project began. The appropriation was supported by the Town’s Community Preservation Committee, the Open Space Committee, the Finance Committee, and the...

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Commuter Rail Forum introduces pilot project

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Cape Cod Times By Ethan Genter April 15. 2016 2:00AM MBTA seeks ideas for funding Bourne commuter rail Details of pilot project get first public airing, but financial support still a question mark. BUZZARDS BAY — Without the support of their oversight board, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officials looked to the community Thursday night for ideas on how to get people between Bourne and Boston by train. Bringing the details of the proposed commuter rail pilot project to the Cape for the first time, MBTA General Manager Frank DePaola said the plan would have Massachusetts Coastal Railroad feed riders between Buzzards Bay and the current final stop in Middleboro-Lakeville for $3 a trip, with a stop in Wareham. Under the proposal, three rides in the morning would start at 5:20 a.m., getting riders into South Station at around 7 a.m. Four returning rides would begin at 2:10 p.m., with the final trip leaving the city at 6:52 p.m. The pilot program would begin in September and run for seven months. The decision to go to a feeder system, instead of just extending the commuter rail, revolved around the size of the MBTA’s trains. DePaola said they would be too big and would block traffic on Academy Drive, but Mass Coastal Railroad’s trains could fit. The estimated monthly operating cost for Mass Coastal would be $200,000, DePaola said. Each trip could carry about 360 riders. The MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board gave scathing reviews to the pilot project last week, saying it did not make financial sense given other cuts the agency was making. At the public meeting at the Bourne Memorial Veterans Community Center, Town Administrator Thomas Guerino countered that the town decided to join the MBTA during some of its darkest hours, and he hoped to see some return. “We’ve made a commitment,” Guerino said. “We need to see something for our investment.” Bourne voters decided to join the MBTA at last year’s town meeting. Annual assessments are estimated at $40,000 but could be as high as $82,000, all without a promise of commuter rail. All MBTA services, with the exception of the Cape Flyer, which operates on weekends during the peak summer season, are subsidized, DePaola said. But the projections for the subsidies required for the seven-month pilot program were much higher than other commuter projects, he said. State Rep. David Vieira, R-Falmouth, said he planned to reach out to the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce to see if advertising dollars would be available. Vieira said he also would work with the Cape Cod Commission to disseminate more information on the project and to possibly collect feedback on whether the public would use the service....

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