Category Archives: MetroWest

Zoning Appeal Plaintiff Must Prove Standing, Even if Defendant Town Does Not Contest Issue at Trial

On Tuesday, the Appeals Court issued its opinion in Talmo v. Zoning Board of Appeals of Framingham.  Massachusetts suffers no shortage of case law on standing (the right to file suit) in zoning appeals.  In this case, the issue was … 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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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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495 / MetroWest Partnership Update

The 495 / MetroWest Partnership recently released its “Partnership Update” report.  The report describes the Partnership’s continuing efforts to provide a forum for public and private community leaders on development-related issues in the 495 region, and to advocate for projects, … Continue reading

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Westborough to Regulate Solar Energy Projects

Voters at the Westborough Special Town Meeting this week approved a new zoning bylaw that requires large solar energy projects to undergo site plan review. Westborough is now the latest town to regulate solar installations, which have become increasingly common … Continue reading

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MWDN: Potential Zoning Change for Mixed Use of Old HP Site in Marlborough

The MetroWest Daily News reports that the new owner of the long-vacant Hewlett Packard facility on Forest Street in Marlborough is seeking a re-zoning of the property that would allow a mixed use development.  Atlantic Management purchased the old HP … Continue reading

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Reports Show Continuing Improvement in Retail, Residential Real Estate

Citing a report from Jones Lang LaSalle, the Boston Business Journal reports that the retail real estate sector continues to stabilize.  Although rents nationally continued to decline by 1.7 percent, this was an improvement of .5 percent in the second … Continue reading

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MWDN Reports Towns Struggling to Meet 40B Targets

G.L. c. 40B, §§20-23 was intended to increase the supply affordable housing in Massachusetts, one of the most expensive housing markets in the country.  To encourage the development of affordable housing, the statute exempts qualified projects from certain municipal zoning … Continue reading

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