Planning and Economic Development News
January 5, 2022
The Town, through the Planning Board, has hired Brovitz Community Planning & Design, in association with Dodson & Flinker, Inc., to provide professional services in updating the existing Mixed Use Overlay District Bylaw to encompass Pepperell's full downtown area, including Railroad Square, the adjacent former mill site, and the Main Street economic corridor down to the historic Town Hall.
The Town is using funding provided through the One Stop for Growth Grant Program to create a Mixed-Use Overlay District (MUOD) bylaw that extends an existing MUOD throughout the Town’s central economic area known as Railroad Square/The Main Street Corridor. The extended MUOD is the linchpin in the Town’s long-term economic and community development strategy. It should create a pedestrian-friendly downtown district, provide additional housing opportunities, and enhance the economic resiliency and strength of the businesses in this area by establishing a unique destination identity. The proposed MUOD will emphasize and protect the distinctive features and character of this unique area, and encourage a mix of retail, service, office, affordable and age-friendly housing, live-work units, and public activities that coexist naturally with a pedestrian orientation, while taking full advantage of the vitality and resiliency that mixed uses can bring to a community.
The consultant will examine the development potential throughout the area known as Railroad Square/The Main Street Corridor. The consultant will assess existing conditions, identify existing and future infrastructure capacities and improvements, identify natural constraints, with a key focus on identifying development potential for the project area. The consultant will engage town residents and officials in public meetings to solicit input to develop a vision for the project area. The end result will be a bylaw that incorporates the above-mentioned topics.
Read the Proposal here.
January 5, 2022
The Planning Office, acting through the Agricultural Commission, The Fitzpatrick Collaborative, and Planning Board, has hired Holly Fowler with Northbound Ventures Consulting, LLC to perform the stakeholder engagement work related to a potential future food hub and commercial kitchen business development at The Fitzpatrick Collaborative (former Peter Fitzpatrick School).
In the Fall of 2021, The Fitzpatrick Collaborative received a Collaborative Workspace Program grant from MassDevelopment to develop an operational business plan for a commercial kitchen and food hub located at The Fitzpatrick Collaborative. The Fitzpatrick Collaborative hired the Director of the Worcester Regional Food Hub to develop the business plan, with future plans to execute upon the business plan and establish a self-sustained commercial kitchen and food hub for the community, managed by The Fitzpatrick Collaborative. The purpose of the study through Northbound Ventures will be to develop a supply and demand side feasibility study to include food producers (supply side), and, on the demand side, wholesale buyers that constitute a food hub system. The engagement process will include stakeholders from Pepperell and neighboring towns within a 25-mile radius.
Read the proposal from Northbound Ventures here.
December 3, 2021
Congratulations to the Pepperell Historical Commission for their receipt of a Partnership Grant from Freedom's Way Heritage Association for $5,000 to hire a consultant to design and plan the first phase of a historic building survey. The survey will provide a detailed comprehensive survey of the Town's historical buildings as a first step to listing properties on the National Register of Historical Places. More information about the Freedom's Way National Heritage Area can be found at https://www.freedomsway.org.
December 12, 2021
Congratulations to the Pepperell Agricultural Commission on their 1st Christmas in the Country Event. The event promoted local farms and their products including Upswing Farm, Nissitisett Apiaries, Clover Luck Farm, Herb Hill Farm, and Maker Farm.
December 13, 2021
Congratulations to Uma Flowers at 2 Tarbell Street for officially opening their doors on December 8, 2021. Read more in the Nashoba Valley Voice here.