Town Commits to Wastewater Treatment Capacity Expansion

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

  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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Town Meeting Votes Funds to Complete Park

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

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 Board of Selectman. The project is using Community Preservation Act funds to support the restoration and upgrade of the town park on Main Street, Buzzards Bay, Bourne’s Downtown. The park was established in the 1970s when Town Meeting voted to acquire the land from the railroad. The Board of Selectmen asked the Main Street Steering Committee to recommend changes to the park. The Committee immediately offered a survey to residents asking what they would like to see in a restored park. The features identified included those that will be built with the new appropriation: play areas, a splash pad, fitness activities, new lighting, a security system, and a fence to protect children in the play areas. A vote at the Special Town Meeting the night before appropriated $300,000 to complete the work started last year — adding plantings, irrigation, and a pavilion to the area referred to as Implementation Area One. This first phase includes new entrances from both Main Street and from the Army Corps of Engineers’ parking lot on the Cape Cod Canal (shown in the picture). The current restoration area is also getting all new infrastructure (electrical, water, drainage), grading, new walkways, lights, and amenities such as benches, bike racks, and water...

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Downtown Hotel Plans Move Forward

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Bourne's Downtown, News | 0 comments

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 special permit.  Additionally, the town’s zoning requires hotels to have 1,500 square feet of land per room. For 100 rooms that would total 150,000. The Hampton Inn, however, would cover just 117,000 square feet, or 2.7 acres. The board’s approval granted developers relief from dimensional...

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Plans for Perry Avenue Hotel Revealed

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

from the Bourne Enterprise January 13, 2017 by Michael J. Rausch Plans for a new Hampton Inn hotel, the inaugural piece of the proposed mixed-use complex fronting the Cape Cod Canal in Buzzards Bay, were unveiled to the Bourne Design Review Committee during its meeting Tuesday, January 10. The 100-room Hampton Inn drew praise from committee members for its look and how it is expected to blend in with the overall look of the town. “I like the architecture a lot. I like what I’m seeing,” member David O’Connor said. The hotel is Phase One of a three-phase project covering 11.6 acres that has been touted as also including condominiums, retail space and a restaurant. The hotel owner, David L. Darling, appeared before the committee and outlined his vision for what will be the first piece in the canalside nexus. Mr. Darling said that he is a fourth-generation hotelier with extensive experience in the hospitality business. He told the committee that among the properties he owns and operates are Hampton Inn & Suites in West Yarmouth, and another Hampton Inn and a Clarion Hotel in Seekonk. He said that he was particularly intrigued by the hotel’s proposed location, right on the Cape Cod Canal. “On this side of the bridge there aren’t any decent hotel options, let alone any,” he said. Mr. Darling told the committee that another restaurant or two will be needed in downtown Buzzards Bay to cater to his hotel guests, whether it is a part of the 25 Perry Avenue complex or somewhere else on Main Street. The Hampton Inn, he said, could provide the catalyst for Buzzards Bay’s revitalization. “It’s got to start somewhere and so we’re hoping this is where it starts,” he said. The project was delayed for close to a year because of a lengthy dispute among members of the Byron family, owners of the property along the canal on which the complex will be built. That dispute was finally resolved last July and sale of the property to local developer Ryan K. Correia was finalized at $1.9 million. In September 2014 the sewer commission allocated 27,108 gallons of wastewater capacity per day for the hotel part of the complex. The sewer commissioners have not yet approved allocation for the remaining pieces of the project. Architect Rolf K. Biggers of BMA Architectural Group in New Hampshire said that while the new hotel will be a Hampton Inn, it will not be typical of that brand, which normally features flat roofs and stucco walls. Mr. Biggers said that the design for the Buzzards Bay building will incorporate sloped roofs, and a brick and clapboard exterior to be more in keeping with the...

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