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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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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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, sriggs@bfdconline.org 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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Developer gets good news

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

By C. RYAN BARBER rbarber@capecodonline.com 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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Developer sees vote as positive step

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

By C. Ryan Barber rbarber@capecodonline.com July 10, 2014 BUZZARDS BAY — In an overture to wary Bourne sewer commissioners, the team behind a proposed Buzzards Bay development has offered to build a “brand name” hotel before tackling a $55 million, seven-story mixed-use complex. Perry Ave. Corp. developers have offered to flip-flop the project’s first two phases in hopes of accommodating the sewer commissioners who have raised concerns about the town’s limited capacity to treat and dispose of wastewater. Although he was unsure of what wastewater allocation the hotel and conference center would need, Chris Bailey, a senior broker with Commercial Realty Advisors who is consulting on the project, said it would generate less wastewater than the mixed-use complex. “It seems like that’s probably the best place to be since the numbers are so incredibly tight, and a hotel of a size that is appropriate for Buzzards Bay would not be a huge allocation,” Bailey told the sewer commission, a five-member panel that is technically separate from the Board of Selectmen but includes the same members. In an interview Wednesday, Bailey declined to identify the brand name hotel chain that he said is interested in building as early as next year. The developers need the assurance of a wastewater allocation, he said, before they can take on the hefty expense of drawing up detailed construction plans, along with legal fees. Last month, the developers asked the Sewer Commission to allocate 30,000 gallons of wastewater capacity for what was then the first phase: a C-shaped building with first-floor retail space, 144 residential units and a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Cape Cod Canal. The developers have since learned that the mixed-use complex would require a higher allotment of 46,000 gallons per day. Once construction begins, the developers said they would want to forge a “public-private partnership” to build a wastewater treatment plant in Buzzards Bay that would pave the way for the project’s final two phases and for future development downtown. But some sewer commissioners said that the requested allocation would bump up against the limit of the town’s contract with Wareham, which accepts up to 200,000 gallons of wastewater per day from Bourne. “I think we’re just too close to our capacity,” sewer commission Chairwoman Linda Zuern said Tuesday, reiterating her worry that the hotel allocation might stifle the growth of businesses down Main Street. The precise number of gallons remaining for Bourne to allocate has been a point of confusion throughout the process. A month ago, town Administrator Thomas Guerino estimated that the town would have between 12,000 and 15,000 gallons left per day if it were to approve the developers’ request for 30,000 gallons per day. On Tuesday, however,...

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John Harding Why Not! Award

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Thomas S. Cahir, Administrator of the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, was honored at the Annual Meeting of the Bourne Financial Development Corporation (BFDC). Tom was presented with the John Harding Why Not! Award at the meeting at the MA Maritime Academy.  The BFDC Board of Directors selected Tom for the award in recognition of Tom’s work to establish the CapeFLYER, a weekend summer train that brought visitors to the Cape. The project exceeded all ridership expectations with two stops: Buzzards Bay and Hyannis.   The award, named for the BFDC’s first President, is presented annually to a person who embodies John’s approach to projects: “Why Not!” The selection process includes identifying people who, if presented with roadblocks or difficulties, look for alternatives that still met project guidelines and regulations. And, equally importantly, people who give credit where it is due.  While Tom acknowledged his part in developing the CapeFLYER service, he also requested that the credit be shared: “it is important to note that my incredible staff contributed greatly to the overwhelming success of the CapeFLYER.”  Congressman William Keating presented Tom with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition and State Representative David Vieira delivered an official citation from the MA House of Representatives signed by himself and Speaker Robert A. DeLeo.   Past recipients: 2009: Christopher J. Farrell, Bourne Planning Board and Town Planner Coreen V. Moore 2010: Daniel L. Doucette, retired member of the Bourne Fire Department, active citizen 2011: Scott Zeien, Kingman Yacht Center 2012: Mary Ellen McCarthy, Trowbridge Tavern 2013: Thomas S. Cahir, Administrator Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, former Bourne State...

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