CVS Signage at Design Review Board 11/17

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Polyant Signs Inc, working on behalf of CVS Pharmacy, has submitted an application for Sign Design Review by Hopkinton’s Design Review Board.  The Board will be meeting on this topic on Tuesday, November 17 in Town Hall Room 211. The meeting begins at 7:30pm, with the CVS Sign Discussion scheduled for approximately 8:00pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The application is for one free-standing internally lit sign using the existing Colella’s sign post and four wall/facade signs to be placed at the front and back of the building at 61 Main Street. Design Review is a 5-member advisory board appointed by the Planning Board. For further reading:

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Transfer of Colella’s Liquor License to Marty’s Fine Wines

The Board of Selectmen held a public hearing on October 20 on the Transfer of Colella’s Liquor License to Marty’s Fine Wines & Gourmet Foods. No members of the public spoke at the public hearing. The Selectmen voted 5-0 to approve the transfer.

Library Moving to South Street During Renovation

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According to an article in the Metrowest Daily News “The Planning Board gave its OK to the town’s $11.8 million library renovation and expansion project Monday night, after debating landscaping and a $16,000 per year deal for the town to use part of the St. John the Evangelist Church’s parking lot.” Read more in the Metrowest Daily News…

According to an article in the Hopkinton Crier, the Chairman of the Permanent Building Committee, Dan “McIntyre said the library will shut down for about two weeks [eHop has been told that the library will actually be closed for about one month] next month as it moves into a temporary home at 63-65 South St. The town rented the 3,000-square-foot space after the building committee put out three bid requests. The building is home to a number of businesses, including The Playhouse Preschool. The building will also store library equipment and collections not being used or displayed. “We should be set up before the holidays,” he said.” Read more in the Hopkinton Crier…

On Friday, October 23, over 300 “Hoptoberfest” partygoers filled St. John’s Parish Hall, raising over $30,000 for the Library renovation and expansion project set to break ground in early 2016. Hopkinton Public Library Foundation’s Third Annual Hoptoberfest, a fun night out to celebrate the fall and enjoy all things local, helped Library fundraising top $700,000. In addition, a number of guests joined the 1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library, adding their names to the 1000 Homes plaque to be hung in the new Library.

Founded in 2011, Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, Inc. (HPLF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission to raise private funds to support the state-of-the-art restoration, renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Public Library. HPLF has raised over $700,000 for the Library project. HPLF appreciates the Hopkinton community’s tremendous response, and asks for the community’s continued support. Gifts in any amount are welcome and appreciated, and are tax-deductible. For more information about how to build with us through 1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library, and the restoration, renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Library, please visit the HPLF website and the HPLF Facebook page.

Renovated Hopkinton Center for the Arts Now Open

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The newly renovated Hopkinton Center for the Arts is now open and recently raised more than $125,000 at the Lights Up – Opening Night fundraising celebration. Funds raised from the event have brought the HCA within close reach of its $1.9 million dollar Capital Campaign goal, which will allow the HCA to complete the interior of the new arts center. Residents of Hopkinton and surrounding communities are already benefiting from expanded class offerings and performing and fine arts events, such as this year’s fun-filled Holiday Boutique Weekend (Dec. 4-6) and this week’s Primarily Potters Exhibit & Sale (Nov. 20-22).

New School Vote – Results & Next Steps

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Question 1 – New Elementary School PASSES

  • Yes 1211
  • No 431

After passing both the Special Town Meeting and Special Town Election votes by overwhelming majorities, the new elementary school has kicked off into the next phase– design development. During the design development phase, the Elementary School Building Committee will work with DRA architects and Compass Project Management to go deeper in detail on each element of the school’s site and building design.  The detailed design will elaborate on the schematic design plans already completed with more complex and specific details.  With funding now secure, the Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC) approved contract amendments at their November 12 meeting for both Compass and DRA to extend the contracts through construction phases.

ESBC Chair, Joe Markey said, “The ESBC is happy with the results [of the Special Town Election] and eager to move forward with the community on this important project.  While the nature of the work changes as we move into detailed design, the ESBC remains committed to the principles of inclusiveness and engagement that earned the project the level of community trust that the recent votes demonstrate.”

According to the schedule the ESBC has set, construction on the new school will break ground in the fall of 2016 for a September 2018 opening.

Vote Monday – New School and Parks & Rec Facility

All Hopkinton precincts vote at the Middle School. Polls are open 7:00am-8:00pm on Monday, November 9. There are two debt-exclusion ballot questions. Although voters at the October 26 Special Town Meeting voted to borrow money for both the new school and the parks and recreation facility in order for the projects to go forward, the voters must also pass a debt exclusion at the ballot under proposition 2 1/2 to authorize a temporary increase in the Town’s levy limit to cover the cost of borrowing for these two projects.


 

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Question 1:

Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition two-and-one-half, so called, the amounts required to pay for the bonds issued in order to construct a new Early Elementary School and related site development on Town-owned property located at 135 Hayden Rowe Street in Hopkinton to replace the existing Center Elementary School? Read more details about this project in our previous blog post.

  • A YES vote would mean that the funds are approved and the expenditure will proceed.
  • A NO vote would mean that the funds are disapproved and the expenditure cannot proceed without a future ballot vote within 90 days.

 

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Question 2:

Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to fund engineering designs and construction services related to the construction of an indoor recreational facility/athletic center at the Fruit Street Athletic Fields? Read more details about this project in our previous blog post.

  • A YES vote would mean that the funds are approved and the expenditure will proceed.
  • A NO vote would mean that the funds are disapproved and the expenditure cannot proceed without a future ballot vote within 90 days.