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 Continues

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

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 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...

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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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