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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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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Hotel developers win wastewater OK

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In September 2014, the developer of a hotel and conference center on the Cape Cod Canal requested a sewer allocation for his project. Below is the article from the Cape Cod Times reporting on the request and the resulting allocation. On October 13, 2015, the developer was granted a six month extension and stated that he expects to begin the Town permitting process in November. By C. RYAN BARBER rbarber@capecodonline.com October 01, 2014 BUZZARDS BAY — The developers behind a proposed hotel and conference center in Buzzards Bay took their longest stride to date Tuesday toward their goal of breaking ground on the project next year, winning an allocation of 27,108 gallons of wastewater output per day for the planned complex. Bourne’s five sewer commissioners, who double as the town’s selectmen, voted unanimously to allocate those gallons to the Perry Ave. Corp. developers for the next year. At the one-year mark, the commissioners will review the developers’ progress before deciding to continue reserving the 27,108 gallons for the hotel and conference center. Now that they have the allocation in hand, Chris Bailey, a senior broker with Commercial Realty Advisors who is consulting on the project, said the developers have the confidence to refine the plans in preparation for planning board review. Bailey said Tuesday that the plans currently call for a four-story hotel with between 120 and 126 rooms. Construction is expected to cost between $20 million and $30 million, and developers hope to complete the work by spring 2016. “If they had gone in a different direction tonight, we would have been concerned. We’re thrilled with what they’ve done,” Bailey said, adding that the sewer commissioners’ rhetoric throughout the meeting showed a willingness to work with the developers. With wastewater output capped at 200,000 gallons per day under an agreement with Wareham, Bourne sewer commissioners had raised concerns over the summer that an allotment for the development would bring the town too close to its daily limit. But in July, the sewer commissioners directed Town Administrator Thomas Guerino to investigate the possibility of reducing Hideaway Village’s daily allotment of 60,000 gallons to 25,000 — an amount closer to the Head of the Bay Road condominium property’s average output per day during the past decade. Early last month, the state Department of Environmental Protection informed Guerino that the sewer commissioners have the flexibility to allocate daily wastewater flows as they see fit, opening 35,000 gallons for the town to reallocate. Guerino met Thursday night with representatives of Hideaway Village, a cluster of condominiums off Head of the Bay Road, and described the discussion as “positive.” Peter Meier, a sewer commissioner and chairman of the Board of Selectmen, echoed Guerino’s...

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