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Attorney General OK's Downtown Framingham Rezoning Plan

Filed under: Business by News Staff at 4:36 pm on February 10, 2016

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey today approved plans by the Town of Framingham to rezone its Central Business District, Downtown Framingham. The rezoning plans were approved on October 21, 2015 by Special Town Meeting members. Town officials see the rezoning as critical to encouraging transit-oriented development (TOD) in Downtown Framingham, and will move their efforts forward to encourage this kind of residential development.

“Downtown Framingham is poised to reclaim its title as an important walkable, urban center for economic development in MetroWest and Greater Boston,” said Charlie Sisitsky, Chair of Framingham’s Board of Selectmen. “The Town of Framingham is excited to offer in Metrowest an urban living experience to people who may be attracted to the Town’s small-town atmosphere and convenient proximity to Boston. We anticipate ...[read more]


DPW Head Wants Nobscot Chapel Land to Improve Road

Filed under: Uncategorized by Randy Harris at 9:59 pm on November 10, 2011
Nobscot Chapel viewed from Edgell Rd. heading north into intersection.

Nobscot Chapel viewed from Edgell Rd. approaching intersection at Water St. and Edmands Rd. (photo taken Sept. 2011)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - At a Board of Selectmen Meeting on Tuesday November 8, 2011, Framingham Department of Public Works Director Peter Sellers asked Selectmen to postpone any plan to auction off the Nobscot Union Chapel which was recently taken by the town due to unpaid water bills.

Sellers presented a plan to round off the corner of Edgell Road and Water Street where the Nobscot Chapel is located.

Sellers reported that rounding out the final corner of the busy intersection would improve visibility, safety and traffic flow, and noted that the three other corners that make up Nobscot's main intersection have been rounded in the same manner he's proposing.

Sellers claimed that the chapel is not a historic ...[read more]


Building Commissioner May Face Criminal Charges

Filed under: Public Meetings by News Staff at 10:25 am on November 5, 2011
Framingham Board of Selectmen, (left to right) Laurie Lee, Charlie Sisitsky, Jason Smith, Ginger Esty and Dennis Giombetti.

Framingham Board of Selectmen, (left to right) Laurie Lee, Charlie Sisitsky, Jason Smith, Ginger Esty and Dennis Giombetti.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - In an updated agenda that was published late Friday afternoon, the Framingham Board of Selectman, (BOS), have decided to meet earlier than usual for a closed-door executive session on Tuesday November 8th, 2011.

In the agenda the selectmen have announced they will meet at 5:30pm, (in the Nevins Conference Room of the Memorial Building), and as their first order of business have listed the following item:

1). Discussion Regarding Investigation of Building Commissioner per M.G.L. Ch. 30A, Sec. 21(a)(1) and 30A, Sec. 21(a)(5).

Framingham Building Commissioner Michael Foley was placed on administrative leave (with pay) last week after allegations of padding expense reports, playing golf on work days, not showing up for work and giving friends and associates thousands of dollars worth of discounts on building permit fees were unveiled.

Town Meeting Member George Lewis, (Precinct 18 Chair), has also made allegations that Foley denied him access to public records, illegally barred Lewis from entering the Building Department office, made disparaging remarks about Lewis to others, and in one instance threatened Lewis with bodily harm.

The sections of Massachusetts General Laws, ("M.G.L."), cited in the Selectman's Meeting agenda item address administration of the government and more specifically when and why public bodies may meet in closed-door executive session and pertain to ...[read more]


Board of Selectmen Plan to Skirt Open Meeting Law

Filed under: Business by Randy Harris at 2:29 pm on October 22, 2011
Framingham Board of Selectmen, (left to right) Laurie Lee, Charlie Sisitsky, Jason Smith, Ginger Esty and Dennis Giombetti.

Framingham Board of Selectmen, (left to right) Laurie Lee, Charlie Sisitsky, Jason Smith, Ginger Esty and Dennis Giombetti.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - In an effort to skirt the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law, (MG.L. Ch. 30A, Sec. 18-25), the Framingham Board of Selectman have decided to hold two sessions of a meeting with an out-of-town developer, where two Selectmen will first meet with representatives of the Nobscot Shopping Center, and then two more Selectmen will meet with the same party for the same purpose.

Selectmen are specifically working around the intent of the very definition of when a meeting with government officials should be open.

Section 18 (a) of the Open Meeting Law defines,  "a session of a town meeting convened under section 9 of chapter 39 which would include the attendance by a quorum of a public body at any such session."

The meeting(s), which will host Tom P. Geissler, Real Estate Asset Manager for SuperValu Inc., (NYSE:  SVU), the Eden Prairie, Minnesota based company ...[read more]


LEGAL NOTICE: Top Shelf Restaurant, 250 Worcester Rd.

Filed under: Legal Notices by News Staff at 5:41 am on April 2, 2011

LEGAL NOTICE

PUBLIC HEARING

250 Worcester Rd. - Top Shelf Restaurant, LLC
New All Alcohol Restaurant license

A public hearing will be held in the Peter W. Ablondi Meeting Room, Memorial Building, Framingham, MA, on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at 7:00 PM under the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 138, Section 12 on the application for a New All Alcohol Restaurant license and Common Victualer license for Top Shelf Restaurant, LLC, dba Top Shelf Restaurant, 250 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA.

Rear section of wood frame building, one entrance/exit with ramp on east side of building and one exit at rear of building. Basement has one exit at rear of building and one exit on the west side. Tables and bar area. Basement for storage of stock and food preparation only.

Dennis L. Giombetti
Laurie Lee
Charles J. Sisitsky
A. Ginger Esty
Jason Smith
Framingham Board of Selectmen

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