Four Bids, One Location

Foxborough received four proposals to the Fire Station/Funeral Home RFP.

  • Crugnale Properties, LLC
  • Douglas A. King Builders Inc.
  • Gibson Corner Realty
  • MPZ Development LLC/Traggorth Companies LLC

“….Gibson Corner Realty submitted the lowest bid of $250,00; Douglas King Builders bid $405,000 for the combined properties, and the other two applicants each bid $400,000 — the minimum price established by the town….”[1]

Based on minimum bid amounts, only three should be considered:

  • Crugnale Properties, LLC
  • Douglas A. King Builders Inc.
  • MPZ Development LLC/Traggorth Companies LLC

Why should the Gibson proposal not be considered? Because it missed a mark set by the Board of Selectmen. The Duffy’s $550,000 bid in 2015 was rescinded because it “did not have a comprehensive plan to develop the vacant buildings.”[2]. Another earlier bid in fall 2018 was rejected for “failing to meet the minimum qualifications and minimum asking price.”[3] Gibson Realty should be held to same. Would it be possible for Duffy and Gibson to pursue this proposal as a joint venture?

Of the other three proposals, the Crugnale bid was disqualified. That leaves Douglas A. King Builders and MPZ Development LLC proposals up for consideration.

King proposes leaving the facade of the Fire Station intact; MPZ proposes to demolish the Fire Station. “According to the request for proposals, the new buildings would have to be designed to be compatible with the existing architectural style of buildings in that area.”. Only the King proposal does.

King’s plan has the highest density and potential traffic impact due to the number of units proposed. Redevelopment of 29 Wall Street, Lynch’s redevelopments on nearby South and Market Streets, the old Post Office for sale, Orpheum revival, and Union Straw open, parking in the downtown area soon will be tighter than it is now.

There are many parking spaces downtown; newcomers to Foxborough might not know of them. As Selectman Feldman said, walking in snow from townhall parking lot to Orpheum or a restaurant might not be an enticement to residents and visitors. How will this issue be addressed? Are there plans to negotiate fewer residential units or increased on site parking spots? Designated parking for visitors, employees, and building residents?

Maps of parking spots in our downtown are available; no extra work, funding, or special site is needed as suggested by the town planner. The town could put an easy to find already existing map of parking spaces in town on its site. A few businesses in the downtown already have parking spot maps online.

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North Foxborough Train

Weekday commuter rail service to Gillette Stadium-Patriot Place in North Foxborough is slated to begin May 2019 and end 11½ months later. 500 existing parking spaces at Gillette are to be used by area residents. The trains are part of the current Fairmount Line and Franklin Line services.

News out this week FRA Terminals LLC, owned by Robert Kraft, bought Foxboro Terminals at 208 North Street. Is this

  • expanded, game day parking
  • rearranged parking for Pilot Program
  • Police and Fire sub station
  • expanded shopping or warehouse
  • distribution node
  • train turnaround
  • storage
  • post-game shortcut for Foxborough residents
  • new business, store, offices

Diversity

The addition of a menorah on the town common is a lovely improvement to our community. Before the Fire Department’s move up north, Santa and his reindeer decorations looked over the Nativity scene in the bandstand. Here’s to more decorations of beliefs sharing the green space in Foxborough! Which would you like to view as you go around the common?

Two Days!

Two days until the big day. Foxborough Founders Day. Be there!

http://foxboroughfoundersday.com

The name is Foxborough!

The Foxboro Reporter has proclaimed the town’s name should be “Foxboro” and “Foxborough” is old and should be left for the cows and farming. Their rationale includes the following points:

  1. The Foxboro Company printed the newspaper at one point.
  2. The short version saves space in print.
  3. The short version saves time and effort when you’re addressing a letter.
  4. We are no longer an English colony.
  5. Attleborough officialy changed to Attleboro when becoming a “City”.
  6. Foxboro is the most efficient spelling and the least cumbersome for a modern era.

Though the newspaper and its parent company The Sun Chronicle use a shorter version, the company does use the original Foxborough for a number of institutions and the town historian.

Their reasoning for using the alternate, shorter version without the “ugh” is flawed. One flawed rationale is we should not use the original Foxborough because it is a throwback to the past but then claimed they would continue to use the shorter version because it “has been our style since The Foxboro Company was the hub of the town.” Both were in the past. (psst: they didn’t mention another shorter version with an apostrophe. Nor did they mention earlier newspapers in town had other names. Nor did they mention their competitors who use Foxborough in their masthead and print.)

To their points of why the short version should be used, the following counterpoints for using the original version are offered:

  1. The Foxboro Company no longer exists.
  2. We should not be incorrect to save time and space.
  3. We do not want to contribute to low intelligence in the country.
  4. We should be glad for our heritage and know our history.
  5. We don’t have to do what another town or city is doing.
  6. It may be shorter but shorter isn’t always good.

An important part of why the old newspaper has the name it does: “On May 1, 1920, the paper was sold to Edgar H Bristol (co-founder of the Foxboro Company).” Foxboro Company (Jan. 1, 1914-Jun. 1990) was sold to a British company.

If we are to wipe out and forget our past and New England’s ties to England, should all cities and towns with names ending in borough, ham, field, burg, ville, and similar terms be changed? That is a very long list. In Massachusetts there are a dozen municipalities in Massachusetts that began with the term “borough”. 1. Attleborough (town 1694 / city Attleboro 1914)
2. Boxborough (town 1835)
3. Foxborough (town 1778)
4. Lanesborough (town 1765)
5. Marlborough (town 1660 / city 1890)
6. Middleborough (town 1669)
7. New Marlborough (town 1775)
8. North Attleborough (town 1887)
9. Northborough (town 1775)
10. Southborough (town 1727)
11. Tyngsborough (town 1809)
12. Westborough (town 1717)
https://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cisctlist/ctlistalph.htm

One columnist recently wrote that everyone in town had someone in their family who once worked for the Foxboro Company. This is not true. Were those who worked for the “company” or had family who did or still work for those who purchassed the “company” subconciously indoctrinated by the paycheck to use “Foxboro”? Did their signs around Foxborough have a not so subtle inflluence?

If the newspaper’s real reason for using a shorter version is they owe their allegiance to The Foxboro Company they should claim it; own it. But don’t confuse readers nor the world. Don’t advocate for using a shortened or incorrect spelling (homophone) because it sounds the same. If any student did that in class their grade received would be an “F” for FAILING. Please don’t contribute to the lack of intelligence in our students.

Don’t be fooled by their “logic” and claims they believe “it’s no big deal” how you spell the name of the town. If they didn’t consider it a big deal, why write an editorial about which to use?

The editors asked “Does anyone really object to the shorter version?”
I, for one, and many other residents object to the shorter version and proudly use the correct version of our town’s name: Foxborough!

Question: Who was Foxborough named after and why?

More than 4 hours

The Boss & the E Street Band played on at their last stop on the American leg of The River Tour 2016. They played past Foxborough’s 11:30 PM curfew. All them, by themselves. That’s what makes him The Boss, the amount of hits and art they have put out during their long and storied careers. Great music respected by appreciative, loving fans! They performed a fantastic closing show!

Will Selectmen impose fines?

Who pays the fines– the band, the stadium, the promoter?

If the stadium decides to cut their losses and not have any acts play, there is a minimum payment the town receives ~$1million a year. Every year we benefit from the revenues generated by all kinds of entertainment at stadium. Are we prepared to shoot the golden goose because BOS believes working hours for everyone are during daylight hours and Monday through Friday and football noise is different than noise from other events?

How long will the discussion at the BOS table be– post your guesses in the comments section!

Orpheum For Sale

The Orpheum, a place where many of us saw our first “big screen” movie, is for sale. Were there not enough patrons to shows and movies? What was the first movie or show you saw at Orpheum? What might be your last?