Category Archives: Economic Development

Appeals Court Revisits Adverse Possession of Undeveloped Land

The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently reviewed adverse possession of wild and wooded areas. In Paine v. Sexton, 88 Mass. App. Ct. 389 (2015), the Plaintiff campground operators asserted rights to property based on record title and adverse possession.  While it … Continue reading

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Lt. Gov. Polito to Give Keynote at Boroughs+ Economic Development Summit on Jan. 26

Mirick O’Connell is proud to sponsor the Boroughs+ Economic Development Summit on January 26 at the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough.  The summit will feature a keynote address from Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.  To register for … Continue reading

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Mirick O’Connell Hosts “Building the Boroughs+” Workshop On Improving Downtowns

Attorneys Art Bergeron and yours truly hosted a workshop for community leaders at the firm’s Westborough office on May 7th to share ideas and lessons learned on building and improving the downtowns in the Boroughs+ region.  The program reflected a … Continue reading

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Bullish on the Boroughs: A Commercial Market Snapshot

Guest Post by Arlon Brown of the Parsons Commercial Group, Framingham, Mass. The commercial office market in the Boroughs (Marlborough, Northborough, Southborough and Westborough) is improving with declining vacancies and rising rental rates. This can be attributed to an expanding … Continue reading

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Breathing New Life into Worcester’s Former County Courthouse

Since 2007, the Worcester County Courthouse at 2 Main Street has been largely vacant.  After the trial courts moved to the new Worcester Regional Judicial Center at 225 Main Street in the fall of 2007, the Worcester Law Library was … Continue reading

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MassDEP’s New Cleanup Regulations Are Now Effective

As we reported earlier in guest posts from Adam Last of Corporate Environmental Advisors, Inc. here and here, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has long been working on significant revisions to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP).  The MCP … Continue reading

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A Lesson From Somerville: Better Zoning Promotes Economic Growth

Paul McMorrow wrote an interesting column in yesterday’s Boston Globe that deserves reading, particularly for those interested in crafting workable zoning codes and bylaws in our cities and towns.  The current zoning process in most Massachusetts communities, even for simple … Continue reading

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Brownfields Program Has Paid Off For Massachusetts Business

Guest Post by Larry Feldman, a licensed site professional with GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.  Reprinted with permission from the Worcester Business Journal. In the early 1990s, a coalition of environmental advocates, bankers, developers, lawyers, regulators and environmental consultants in Massachusetts came together … Continue reading

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MAPC: Region Needs 435,000 New Housing Units by 2040

The greater Boston area – including MetroWest – will need to add 435,000 new housing units by 2040 in order to sustain economic growth, according to a new report issued by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). Without additional housing, … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Mechanic’s Liens: A Property Owner’s Perspective

A mechanic’s lien is an encumbrance on private property to secure payment for a contractor (or subcontractor) or material supplier for labor or materials provided to improve that property.  (Not familiar with mechanic’s liens? Review my earlier post on the … Continue reading

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Legislature’s $1.4 Billion Bond Bill Amends Controversial Chapter 40B

The Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives recently passed a $1.4 billion bond bill authorizing, among other things, $500 million in repairs and improvements to public housing and $305 million for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.  While the dollar amounts … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Zoning Overhaul Winding Its Way Through Legislature, Its Future Unclear

By David McCay and Brian Casaceli In an earlier post in February, we reported on House Bill 1859, “An Act Promoting the Planning and Development of Sustainable Communities.”  The bill would make dramatic changes to Massachusetts zoning law and significantly alter … Continue reading

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