Category Archives: Downtown Revitalization

Commissioner of Trust Funds – Did You Know?

Comey Memorial Chapel at Evergreen Cemetery
Comey Memorial Chapel

The Commissioners of Trust Funds is a three-member three-year elected board that acts in accordance with the Massachusetts General Laws. This group of elected members submits a written statement of the amount of payment and the date this payment was made to the town anytime an officer of the commonwealth makes a payment of public money to the treasurer of Hopkinton.

The Town of Hopkinton has five funds that are managed by The Commissioners of Trust Fund. The Charlies B. and Mary C. Homan Fund, in the amount of $1,500, to be used in beautifying and making the town attractive by setting out and caring for shade trees, especially on Main Street in the center of town.

The Comey Memorial Chapel Fund, in the amount of $1,000, for the care and maintenance of the Comey Memorial Chapel at Evergreen Cemetery in Woodville Hopkinton, MA. This fund requires specific and detailed conditions to be met and compiled.

The Mary A. Roche Fund, in the amount of $5,000, to be divided in June of each year to the 2 students in the graduating class of Elmwood Elementary School receiving the highest academic marks during the full school term leading up to their graduation. This is to be administered by the Hopkinton School Committee.

The Charles L. Claflin Trust Fund, in the amount of $1,000, to invest into the caring and maintenance of the Park in the center of town.

Lastly, The Bernard J. McGovern Trust, is to be used for the purchase of materials for the public library. These materials include books, videotapes, audiotapes, and music on compact disks, language tapes, magazines, periodicals, newspapers, and subscriptions used to educate, enlighten and inform the citizens of the Town. The trust also wishes for this money to be used to arrange for programs, including lectures, films, exhibitions, trips and other events of interest to the town. Also, for the purchase of computer hardware and software, and membership passes to area museums and other attractions for its public library. Continue reading Commissioner of Trust Funds – Did You Know?

Special Town Meeting – Four Articles

61 Main Street Downtown Corridor
Article 3: Acquisition of Property at 61 Main Street for Downtown Corridor Realignment

Hopkinton will hold a special town meeting on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium. There will be four articles on the warrant.

  1. Periodic Charter Review: Report and Recommendations
  2. School Building Project (addition of classrooms to building project underway) – $1.5 M
  3. Acquisition of Property at 61 Main Street for Downtown Corridor Realignment
  4. Authority to Negotiate Solar Agreements

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Colella’s Sign Taken Down – Hopkinton Drug Files for Chapter 11

Hopkinton Drug

In case you missed it, the Colella’s neon sign was taken down earlier this month in anticipation of a new CVS/Pharmacy sign being installed soon. Both HopNews.com and the Metrowest Daily News have reported that Hopkinton Drug across the street from Colella’s / CVS/Pharmacy has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after a judge ordered Hopkinton Drug to pay $1 million to CVS/Caremark.

Colella's CVS

CVS Signage & Lawsuit

The signage for CVS Pharmacy in the former Colella’s building at 61 Main Street is back on the agenda for Sign Design Review by Hopkinton’s Design Review Board.  The Board will be meeting on this topic on Tuesday, January 19 in Town Hall Room 211. The meeting begins at 7:30pm, with the CVS Sign Discussion scheduled as the first item on the agenda. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Design Review is a 5-member advisory board appointed by the Planning Board.

In related news regarding Hopkinton Drug’s lawsuit against CVS Caremark, a corporate affiliate of CVS Pharmacy, a U.S. District Court has ordered Hopkinton Drug to pay $1,000,000 to CVS Caremark. For further reading:

There are no sign designs from Marty’s Fine Wines & Liquors on the Design Review Board agenda for 1-19-16.

CVS Signage Back at Design Review Board 12/15

Polyant Signs Inc, working on behalf of CVS Pharmacy, has submitted updated sign designs for Sign Design Review by Hopkinton’s Design Review Board.  The Board will be meeting on this topic on Tuesday, December 15 in Town Hall Room 211. The meeting begins at 7:30pm, with the CVS Sign Discussion scheduled for approximately 7:45pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The revised plans are for one 2-sided free-standing sign using the existing Colella’s sign post and two wall/facade signs to be placed at the front and back of the building at 61 Main Street. The revised plans submitted show two different options for sign colors. Option A shows white signs with red lettering, and option B shows maroon signs with gold lettering. Design Review is a 5-member advisory board appointed by the Planning Board. For further reading:

There are no sign designs from Marty’s Fine Wines & Liquors on the Design Review Board agenda for 12-15-15.  But several other signs are on the agenda, including these:

Main Street/Route 135 Corridor Project with MassDOT

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At the November 17 Board of Selectmen’s meeting, the Town Manager gave an update on the Main Street Corridor Project including MassDOT 25% Design submittal, main street intersection realignment, undergrounding utilities, parking and bike lane. Hopkinton submitted its 25% Design to Mass DOT in 2013. Hopkinton is in line for state funding but it may take a few years.

According to an article in the Hopkinton Crier “Selectmen are pushing town officials to be more aggressive in finding solutions to realign the intersection in the center of town, including exploring options to take land from the former Colella’s Supermarket property.” Read more…

In 2014 a new committee called the Downtown Initiative Civic Advisory Group was formed by the Selectmen. Although there are five (5) At-Large seats, only two people have been appointed to date: Jackie Potenzone & Mark Owens.

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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CVS-MainStreet-Signs

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

2015-05-15 Library HDC Certificate of Appropriatness Application Exhibit 2a

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.