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Selectmen: Keep the Harvey Building

A proposal to turn the Harvey Building into potentially seven to 10 residential condominiums was politely turned away by Westborough selectmen Tuesday night.

The Harvey Building. Photo by Michael Gelbwasser.
The Harvey Building. Photo by Michael Gelbwasser.
A proposal to turn the Harvey Building into potentially seven to 10 residential condominiums was politely turned away by Westborough selectmen Tuesday night.

Selectmen said selling the Phillips Street building doesn't interest them.

Representatives of Avon Realty and developer White Picket Fence presented the housing concept. The one-bedroom units would be 800 to 1,200 square feet, and target young professionals and the active 55-and-older community, the Avon Realty representative said.

Town Manager Jim Malloy said that a request for proposals would be required before any potential sale, and White Picket Fence "could be a potential bidder."
Selectmen could restrict the site's potential re-use, he said.

A zoning change would be necessary for a redevelopment project, Malloy noted. The site is zoned for municipal use, he said.

Selectmen Vice Chairman George Barrette said that "I don't see in the near or distant future selling the Harvey Building is in the town's best interests."

"It's a nice, flat, level lot with a historic building on it," Barrette said.

"I don't know what I want to use it for, but I absolutely do not think that having more condos is a good use of that property."




Paula Skog January 16, 2014 at 08:35 AM
Thanks George! we agree on something!

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