Showing posts with label Nu-Style. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nu-Style. Show all posts

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Economic Development Committee - Quick Twitter Recap - Aug 9

The full set of notes and the recording will be made available shortly. In the meantime, here are the notes I posted via Twitter for the Economic Development Committee meeting held on Aug 9, just before the Town Council meeting also that night.

photo of the map handed out at the meeting showing the Nu-Style property as Lot 22
photo of the map handed out at the meeting showing the Nu-Style property as Lot 22 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Economic Development Committee - Agenda - Aug 9

The Economic Development Committee (EDC) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, August 9 at 6:15 PM. There are two items on the published agenda. (1) review accessory building set back bylaws (2) review Nu-Style RFP.

Franklin Municipal Building site of most of the Board and Committee meetings
Franklin Municipal Building site of most of the Board and Committee meetings,
Rm 205 is the site of the EDC meeting Aug 9

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - March 9, 2016


– This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. This meeting may also be recorded by others.


– Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to five minutes on a matter that is not on the Agenda. The Council will not engage in a dialogue or comment on a matter raised during Citizen Comments. The Town Council will give remarks appropriate consideration and may ask the Town Administrator to review the matter.





  1. 2015 Audit – Melanson Heath, Auditors
  2. Mandatory Alcohol Awareness Training for Licensees



  1. Resolution 16-11: Declaration of Town-Owned Land on Grove Street (Portion of Former Nu-Style Property) as Surplus and Available for Disposition
  2. Resolution 16-12: Authorization for Municipal Aggregation of Electricity
  3. Resolution 16-13: Appropriation: Town Administrator: Insurance Recovery Account – 28123490
  4. Resolution 16-14: Appropriation: Records Management – Assessors
  5. Bylaw Amendment 16-755: Chapter 179, Water – 1st Reading
  6. Bylaw Amendment 16-756: Chapter 170 Vehicles and Traffic Article X Winter
  7. Storm Overnight Parking – 1st Reading





- Pending or threatened litigation
1. Proposed Excelon expansion of Medway electric generating facility pending before Energy Facilities Siting Board.
2. Proposed Spectra gas transmission line through Franklin.


The documents released for this agenda can be found here

Franklin Municipal Building
Franklin Municipal Building

Thursday, December 24, 2015

EPA grant applied for to help with Nu-Style property cleanup

"The town has applied for a $200,000 Environmental Protection Agency grant as it continues its efforts to clean up industrial contaminants from a Grove Street property. 
Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting said Wednesday that Franklin had sent in an application for the EPA's 2016 round of brownfields "clean-up" grants to assist in the remediation of the former Nu-Style manufacturing property, which is now owned by the town."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Town Administrator Jeff Nutting uses the Nu-Style map to talk about the plans
Town Administrator Jeff Nutting uses the Nu-Style map to talk about the plans

Related posts on the Nu-Style property

  • Sep 2015 Economic Development Committee meeting

  • The audio for the Sep 2015 meeting can be found here

  • Planning and Community Development entry in 2012 Annual Report

Friday, December 4, 2015

Public Hearing Notice for 87 Grove St - Brownfields Clean up

The Town of Franklin is currently in the process of applying for a $200,000 EPA Brownfield's Cleanup grant, which if received will be utilized to remediate hazardous building materials, demolition of the remaining building, and remediation or removal of contaminated soils. 
Franklin Town Council will hold a public hearing concerning the proposed project and related grant proposal during their Tuesday December 8, 2015, 5:30 p.m. meeting. Please find the public hearing notice attached. 
If you have any question please contact the Department of Planning and Community Development or

Thank you,

Amy Love, Program Coordinator
Department of Planning and Community Development
355 East Central St
Franklin, MA 02038



The Franklin Town Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday December 8, 2015 at its 5:30 p.m. meeting to discuss a proposed Federal FY2016 EPA Brownfields Clean-up Grant Application. Under this grant application, the following activities are currently being considered related to a Town of Franklin owned property (known as the former Nu-Style property) at 87 Grove Street in Franklin Massachusetts: removal of hazardous materials within the vacant 1.5 story former manufacturing facility, demolition of said manufacturing facility, and partial remediation and or disposal of contaminated soil. Any person or organization so wishing will be afforded an opportunity to be heard. The hearing will be held in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 355 East Central Street.

Written comments and suggestions related to the proposed remediation project, the draft grant application, and a related draft Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives (ABCC) may be submitted to the Town of Franklin Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD), 355 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038. A copy of the draft grant proposal and related ABCA are available for review at DPCD. Deadline for comments is 1:00 p.m. Friday December 11, 2015.

The Town encourages a broad spectrum of participation by residents and other interested parties in order to better understand and serve the needs of the community. The hearing location is accessible to persons with physical disabilities. If you require a translator or accommodations for the hearing impaired, please contact the DPCD at 508.520.4907 no later than 4:00 p.m. Monday, December 7, 2015.

Matt Kelly, Chairman
Franklin Town Council


Draft proposal and related ABCA

EPA website header
EPA website header

Additional info on the EPA Brownfields Grant process

Friday, September 4, 2015

Economic Development Meeting Agenda - Sep 9 - 6:00 PM

Via email from Town Administrator Jeff Nutting:

The Economic Development Committee will meet next Wednesday at 6 pm in the Training Room. Items for discussion include marketing, Nu-style and Pond street. 

Note: The Training Room is located on the 3rd floor of the Municipal Building. The meeting should not last more than an hour as the Town Council is scheduled to begin their meeting at 7:00 PM. (The Economic Development Committee is comprised of four Town Councilors - Bissanti, Kelly, Padula, and Vallee.)

Franklin Municipal Building
Franklin Municipal Building

Background information on the Nu-Style property can be found in the 2013 Annual Report

Friday, August 12, 2011

"The building has got to go"

The board placed special conditions on the project, including careful demolition of the chimney and a request that the remaining wall does not topple into nearby Mine Brook after the building is taken down. Members agreed to vote on a permit at their next meeting, Aug. 25. 
If the permit is approved, the town can put the project out to bid, a process officials had hoped to complete first in May and then by the end of July. 
"It's been a long haul," said Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting. "(The town) started trying to figure this out 10 years ago." 
Nutting said he still believes the building will be demolished by the fall, and conservation officials stressed the importance of taking it down.

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The public hearing held in April, 2011

Thursday, April 7, 2011

"officials would probably seek additional money"

"It's a step in the process," Foss said. "I agree that ideally the work would be done more quickly. But, (we're planning to hire) a licensed contractor to do the work and that takes time and money." 
Contaminants, including lead and chlorinated volatile organic compounds, have been detected in some soil and groundwater at the site. The property was taken by the town through the tax title process in 2002 and 2005. 
The volatile organic compounds could pose a risk to indoor air quality if the 1-acre parcel is redeveloped. The parcel also includes part of Mine Brook and a parking lot built by a neighboring property owner with permission of the town. 
The town could have spent money itself and possibly cleaned up the property sooner, but Franklin is trying to save taxpayers' money by seeking outside funding, Town Adminstrator Jeffrey Nutting said. 
"We inherited this property," Nutting said. "People are making it sound like the town is doing something wrong."

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Franklin, MA

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Live reporting - NuStyle Brownfields Public Hearing

Public Hearing to solicit comments on a draft Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives for the Town

Bryan Taberner introduced David Foss project manager on the remediation effort

demolition of the building is step one to handle the remediation
the analysis has been completed on all the outside ground area, they can't analyze the ground the building is on but need to remove it first

renovation is not practical, do nothing is not allowed as it doesn't handle the risk

remove soil that can be removed, if the amount becomes too much, then the alternative would be to cap and mark it via deed as to its use

putting together bid documents for contractors to bid to do the demolition

Mr Compton - we don't need a consultant to tell us we need to demolish this facility

What further work will be required depends upon what is found after the demolition and what the future use will be. If a park or parking lot, very little required. If a basement is required, then soil removal and treatment for that digging would be required.

The hope is to take the building down this construction season.

Comment period open from Apr 1 to May 2 noon time.

Mr Compton - the building is more likely to cost closer to $500,000 than 200,000.

Only one of the two buildings is covered under the grant (the back building)

This is a demolition grant prior was an assessment grant

240,000 less $24,000 for the project management firm to assist in the demo
If the bid comes in for $400,000, we'll be back for the additional funds.

Unless we have specific costs for the demolition, we don't know

We have been trying to take care of the environment and minimize the Franklin tax dollars in the process

Lot 27 has the EPA items of concern, Lot 22 does not have any EPA issues

motion to close the hearing, approve 7-0

Franklin, MA