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It’s A Good Day To Be Alive In Groton

Good morning. It’s a good day to be alive in Groton Massachusetts.

     By unanimous vote at last night’s meeting, the Groton Planning Board approved the Site Plan for Kilbourn Place and had high praise for the new Georgian-style redesign. In fact, they offered (and we accepted) to write a letter of recommendation to the Historic District Commission, which has its meeting on September 24, 2019. The vote came with a few minor requirements including more lighting on the back lot, a second dumpster, and replacement of one or two parking spaces with green grass and a third light pole out front.

     This project is back on track thanks to some ace editorial reporting by the publishers of the Groton Herald, and in major part to Bob Collins who has spearheaded this effort from Day One. In order to acknowledge Bob’s fine work, I have asked Janine LaValley, who is designing the signage for the property, to create a plaque that I will use to dedicate the new “Robert L. Collins Walkway and Garden” that will serve to bring visitors from Main Street to Kilbourn in years to come.

     If all interested tenants sign leases, there is now only about 1,900 SF remaining available in the development.

     The schedule now has some legs: September 24 - Meeting of the Historic District Commission. September 26 - Return to the Planning Board with the few minor revisions. October 1 - Full MEP specifications and drawings from architect Dan Quaile for distribution to the Bid List. October 15 - Deadline for submission of all bids. October 22 - Contract will be awarded. November 6 - 2 p.m. public groundbreaking ceremony at Kilbourn Place. November 6 - 4 p.m. private reception.

Gus Widmayer

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