Consultants hired to aid in park planning

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Town selects designers to aid in park restoration For release: March 1, 2016 For further information: Sallie Riggs, 508 314-4801, The Town of Bourne has selected Brown, Richardson and Rowe, a landscape architecture firm, to assist in the design of its Main Street Buzzards Bay park. Brown, Richardson is partnering with Stantec for project engineering. Bracken Engineering, a Buzzards Bay firm, was also contracted for the existing conditions survey. The park restoration and upgrade project is a multi-year undertaking with the goal of creating a town park that offers a variety of recreational opportunities to residents and visitors of all ages and all abilities, an inclusive park. The existing conditions work has begun with the drilling of test pits and a survey of the existing park. Initial concepts have been developed (see attached) and Schematic Design is expected to be complete in early April. The team of professionals was identified through a Request for Qualifications process in the late fall. Brown, Richardson was selected from nine applications and contract negotiations were completed in January. A year ago the Bourne Board of Selectmen asked the Main Street Steering Committee to make recommendations on how to improve the park as part of the downtown revitalization program. The area is the first thing one sees when entering Bourne from Wareham on Main Street. An on-line survey of town residents gathered information on what features people would like to see in a restored park. Highest on the list were a movie screen, a playground, seasonal ice skating, and a splash park. Park planners are committed to making the play areas inclusive and have added the availability of Wi-Fi service to the list of features. Selectmen endorsed a concept plan in February 2015 and in May 2015 voters at Bourne Town Meeting approved the use of $350,000 in Community Preservation Act funds to begin the restoration project. The total restoration and upgrade is expected to cost about $1.5 million with support coming from additional CPA funds and state and federal grants. The park is on Main Street and can be accessed from the Cape Cod Canal bike...

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Ribbon-cutting Celebrates New Major Development

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Bourne's Downtown | 0 comments

The first project in Bourne’s Downtown Growth Incentive Zone was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in July. Keystone Place at Buzzards Bay, a senior living community, was ready for residents about 15 months after a February 2014 ground breaking. The four-story building includes 106 market‐rate residential units: 31 for independent living, 55 for assisted living and 20 for memory care. The development also includes both underground and above ground parking, several dining rooms and kitchens, indoor hospitality areas and outdoor amenities, and is next to accessible paths in the new downtown conservation area leading to the Cape Cod Canal. The building is designed to conform with the Downtown District Zoning By-laws that were adopted by an overwhelmingly positive Town Meeting vote and with the architectural standards and guidelines also adopted by an overwhelmingly positive Town Meeting vote. It has been designed to meet the Town’s interest in smart growth principles and low impact design. The project is expected to bring about 100 new year-round jobs to Bourne’s Downtown, increase tax revenues to the Town and bring visitors – relatives and friends of the residents – who will purchase goods and services. People interested in living at Keystone Place may call 774 302-4539 for more...

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Town Votes to Join MBTA, Extending Commuter Rail to Bourne’s Downtown

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Bourne's Downtown, News | 0 comments

In May 2015, Bourne residents voted with a significant margin to join the MBTA. The vote came after more than a year of study by Town leaders (see below) and followed one of the MBTA’s worst performance seasons. In April 2016, MBTA leaders conducted a public forum in Bourne to introduce the concept of a “Pilot Feeder Service,” a way to test the potential ridership of a train from Buzzards Bay to the Lakevile/Middleborough station. See Post: Commuter Rail Forum.    The success of a summer-time, weekend passenger train had triggered intense interest in extending commuter rail an additional 18 miles from the Middleborough/Lakeville stop to Buzzards Bay. The idea quickly earned support from state transportation leaders and Bourne residents. A public hearing in January 2014 demonstrated energetic support. In the spring of 2014 the  Chair of the Town’s Board of Selectmen encouraged the Board to make the commuter train extension one of its goals. Then the Town’s Transportation Advisory Committee took up the question: would commuter rail be a benefit to Bourne’s Downtown? In May 2015 Town voters answered: “yes.” The Committee defined a series of questions that members thought voters were likely to ask. The Town’s Board of Selectmen requested that the Cape Cod Commission planning staff work with the Committee to provide technical assistance in identifying the answers. The first item under discussion was a definition of the process to join the MBTA. It was soon defined as requiring two steps: 1) a Town Meeting vote was required to authorize adding a question to the next Town election ballot as to whether the Town should join the MBTA. That vote easily passed the February 2015 Town Meeting. 2) the May Town election ballot included the question about joining the MBTA. It also easily passed with voters approval. Once the process was defined, the Committee continued researching such questions as: how much will the Town be assessed, and where will commuters’ cars park? In March 2015 the Committee accepted a report from Commission staff that responded to the questions. After additional deliberation, the Committee recommended to the Board of Selectmen that they support a vote to join the MBTA. The Committee’s conclusion was: Our research has convinced us that bringing commuter rail service to Buzzards Bay will provide the catalyst needed to trigger redevelopment of underutilized properties along Main Street and create a vibrant downtown for Bourne. There are enormous benefits to be gained by the entire town from this action with very little financial liability and few potential problems. The Transportation Advisory Committee supports a positive vote to join the MBTA in order to send a strong signal to our elected official and potential developers and...

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Sewer Commissioners endorse two-phase plan

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in Bourne's Downtown | 0 comments

At its meeting on March 31, the Bourne Board of Sewer Commissioners endorsed in concept a plan for expanding wastewater treatment capacity in Bourne’s Downtown using a two-phase approach: Install a packaged plant with 100,000 gallons per day (gpd) capacity, linked to the previously identified area for subsurface disposal of treated wastewater. With permitting, engineering, manufacturing and installation, the facility could be available in two years. The plan would include dividing the existing sewer system so that flow from the western end of Main Street would continue to go to Wareham, freeing up capacity for redevelopment in that part of town, while flow from the eastern end, including from a significant development project at 23 Perry Avenue, would go to the packaged plant, leading to immediate efficiency of the new facility. Work with neighboring towns to create a regional agreement for treating wastewater and disposing  the treated effluent in the Cape Cod Canal. This plan has become possible only recently with the change in the state’s Ocean Sanctuaries Act to allow ocean outfall of treated wastewater. This phase could take up to ten years to implement. With a Canal outfall, Wareham’s plant could be expanded to treat five million gpd or more. Two million would more than meet Bourne’s needs in the long-term. Wastewater Plan for Bourne’s Downtown March...

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Developer gets good news

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

By C. RYAN BARBER September 29, 2014 BUZZARDS BAY — Bourne might have an easier time making room for a proposed development’s wastewater than officials first thought. On Thursday night, Town Administrator Thomas Guerino met with representatives of the Hideaway Village condominiums to discuss reducing the property’s daily wastewater allotment from 60,000 gallons to 25,000 gallons per day, freeing up 35,000 gallons of daily flow for the town to grant to developers eyeing the village of Buzzards Bay. The meeting came three weeks after Guerino received a letter from the state Department of Environmental Protection in which Brian Dudley, an environmental engineer, wrote that Bourne has the flexibility to allocate daily wastewater flows as it sees fit, as long as the town averages a daily output of no more than 200,000 gallons annually. The 200,000 cap is part of an agreement between Bourne and Wareham, which treats and disposes of wastewater from the village of Buzzards Bay. Describing his meeting with Hideaway Village as “extremely positive and productive,” Guerino said the sewer commissioners can now reserve an allocation of about 20,000 gallons per day for a planned hotel and conference center along Cape Cod Canal without worry of exceeding the 200,000-gallon cap. “If the Board of Sewer Commissioners moves forward with reserving capacity, there would be sufficient capacity to have that done,” Guerino said Friday. “It would not be a conflict if they chose to do that.” In the meeting, the Hideaway Village representatives raised concerns with the lowered wastewater allocation hindering future construction on the property off Head of the Bay Road, Guerino said. But as Guerino wrote in a letter to the DEP, the average flow from Hideaway Village peaked at nearly 12,500 gallons per day between 2003 and last year, meaning the property was using less than a fourth of its 60,000-gallon-per-day allocation. Only twice in that decade did the flow exceed 20,000 gallons per day. “That’s not going to be an issue. They’re going to be fine,” Guerino said about any plans to rebuild condominiums or develop vacant lots at Hideaway Village. “With what they’re using, there is plenty of room.” Repeated attempts to contact Hideaway Village representatives were unsuccessful. Sewer commissioners might vote as early as Tuesday to reserve a wastewater allotment for the Perry Ave. Corp. developers hoping to break ground in the spring on a hotel and conference center across from Town Hall. For the first phase of construction, the developers had initially planned a seven-story complex with first-floor retail space, 144 residential units and a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Cape Cod Canal. But to accommodate the town’s limited capacity to treat and dispose of wastewater, the developers offered to build...

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