Tuesday, August 20, 2019

FM #169 - Economic Development Subcommittee - Aug 14, 2019 (audio)

FM #169

This internet radio show or podcast is number 169 in the series for Franklin Matters.

This recording shares the Economic Development Subcommittee meeting held on August 14, 2019.

The notes from the meeting along with the agenda and reference documents are linked in these show notes.

A large (approx 25) group was gathered for this meeting. The first portion covered the continuation of the discussion with the Franklin High School students bringing the proposal to ban plastic bags back to the process and other community members on both sides.

The second portion of the meeting was a review and discussion of the revised proposal for the former Keigan auto dealer location. Folks may recall, there was an approved project for the combined Keigan and Ficco’s land. The approved project ran into delays and then stopped. The former Ficco’s property was separated from the deal and sold off to become the future home of New England Chapel.

The revised proposal would combine retail and residential in a mixed use development. Approx 100+ apartments are proposed. Entrance to the development would be via the existing Big Y entrance using the traffic signal already in place.

Joseph Halligan, the property owner/developer was looking for an endorsement of the project. The EDC is not in a position to do that.

Without further ado, here is the audio recording (approx 1 hour and 18 minutes).


Additional Reference Links:

The agenda document for this session

The 122 communities with plastic bag bans (as of the time of the meeting)

Plastic bags can be recycled (but not via the single stream process Franklin uses)  https://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/

MA Chapter of Sierra Club

National Conference of State Legislatures


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