Tag Archives: Gillette Stadium

Selectmen & Event Applications

Selectman Coppola complained about the timing of applications and notification for some stadium events. About 7 or 8 years ago, then Selectman Delaney brought up the advertising for a “Vans Warped Tour” show at stadium knowing the event had not been approved by the Selectmen. This is the same kind of situation….nothing new. If she’s upset about this, Coppola should also complain about other groups doing the same thing – advertise for weeks and months in advance of events which require permission of the Selectmen, then come to the Board the week of the event asking for permission to hold it. If you’re going to make one group do something, you must make them all do it, regardless of the size, location or reason.

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Mitigation Money

YOUR LETTERS: Positive community development projects do not require mitigation payments to the town

Did the newspaper change or edit any of the letter?

Most projects require some form of mitigation. Foxboro Stadium, Cannon Forge, Witch Pond Estates, Gillette Stadium, Chestnut Green, Patriot Place, The Lodge at Foxborough to name a handful of large developments in Foxborough.

What other projects have required mitigation money?

Nearby are Walpole and Norfolk with state correctional facilities.

Walpole: “….that the Prison Mitigation money went through this year. D. Sullivan spoke to …. Patriot Place has not caused a dramatic impact to the Town. A.DeNapoli”

Norfolk
“1/28 6:05pm Is this true?

Can anyone explain why Walpole received $ 782,000 in mitigation funds while Norfolk received $ 88,000 ? Norfolk hosts three correctional facilities, two on Clark St and one on Industrial Way, while Walpole hosts only one at Cedar Junction. About 85 % of the land held by the Dep’t of Correction is in Norfolk while only 15 % is in Walpole. How do you justify Walpole receiving nine times as much ? Where can we find information on this? Maybe our town administrator can shed light on this. – SB”

Footbridge News

The proposed pedestrian footbridge is back in the news and in the works at the local level.

Bridge no longer too far. With discussions swirling around gaming, “an up to 500-foot tall wind turbine, a high-tech office facility, a convention center, a roughly 20-story luxury hotel, and a range of related facilities“, signage fees, and other Route 1 updates, when did the Selectmen give the “go ahead” nod to the new Town Manager and Town Planner to apply for an “$8 million MassWorks Infrastructure Grant to build the walkover”? Did they have to?

7th Country Fest

A kinder country
PCs and Arrests down. good. Don’t get mad at the police for doing their job or for the wait you have to endure while the person that used you as their phone call is being processed-you can argue with them later or leave them there.

Bridge Not “Shovel Ready”?

Are we now to believe the pedestrian bridge is not “shovel ready”? An attemt at a recent timeline:

  • Dec. 4 – Feds pull funding for bridge(*)
  • Nov. 24 – Gov. Patrick at State Dinner at Whitehouse(*)
  • Nov. 19 – “Town, State back $9m Bridge” article published
  • Nov. 13 – MPO Approves Plan: 13-1
  • Oct. 26 – “Gov. Deval Patrick released a list of 33 priority projects — including the Route 1 walkover at the Patriot Place complex — estimated to cost more than $165.6 million, to fund in the second round of highway investment under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).”
  • April 2009 – ” ‘The proponent has also proposed to construct a new Pedestrian Bridge across Route 1 to be located immediately north of the Stadium P6 driveway,’ the application to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs reads. ”
  • early in 2009: bridge to cost $6 million dollars
  • Nov. 20, 2008 – “state announced that the high tech office park has been designated a ‘Growth Initiative District,’ and eligible for a piece of a $55 million in set-aside revenue for ‘shovel ready’ projects. The idea was to stimulate the economy.”
  • …..to be continued

Details, Details, Details

In today’s Reporter and Sun Chronicle:

We’ll have a pedestrian bridge that the State owns and NPS, LLC/Kraft Group will be responsible for performing routine maintenance on and servicing the two elevators at either end of the span.

Glass enclosed with two elevators and stairs, will there be anything else included (sellers of sundries, post game or concert sales, advertising, coffee-snack bar, vending machines, information kiosk)? The bridge should improve safety and provide handicap accessibility, both great things! How does the seemingly (to many) large pricetag compare to other pedestrian bridges – is $9million a fair pricetag? Hopefully this will also help the growth of the economic district and economy as predicted.

Onwards to the disputes about the police details…..

$9million Is Coming To Town!

According to the news
(Sun Chronicle and Boston Globe) it’s a $9 million footbridge that is coming to town.

How will this and the ongoing development along Route 1 including the Massachusetts backed 1.6 million square-foot Bio-Tech Office Complex proposed across from the stadium, Chestnut Green (and the propsed changes to their approved plans) and at Patriot Place dovetail with Kraft Group’s propsal to buy the spur that serves these locations and currently ends at Gillette Stadium?

What about the ongoing State/Police/Stadium security personnel issues – who will staff the area and P10 and P11 if there is no need to stop traffic because the visitors will have to take the 24’x135′ pedestrian bridge?
Propsed Pedestrian Bridge Over Route 1 in Foxborough

While part of the stimulus funding is for infrastructure projects, is this one of the State’s priorities? What about some dams, crumbling auto bridges, roadways, heck, even the Edwards Road area could use a bit of the money to improve infrastructure and increase public safety! Guess we couldn’t make it a $.50 per person each way toll pedestrian bridge until the $9million is repayed (but, then it could end up like Mass Pike and its tolls….)?

“Kraft Group submits plans for office park” (March 5, 2009)
Tech park offers promise of 4,000 jobs (March 12, 2009)
BOS Meeting Minutes – SEMass Commuter Rail
7:05 pm comments by James Oliver, Foxborogh representative on the Task Force of Southeastern Massachusetts Commuter Rail Task Force
“Local sites protected in rail planning effort” (August 13, 2009)