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2.7.13 Boxford Man Elected as Trustee on National Trust for Historic Preservation Board

Larry Curtis of Boxford

The Tri-Town Transcript reports Larry Curtis of Boxford, president and managing partner of WinnDevelopment, has been elected to the Board of Trustees for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization committed to the preservation of America’s historic properties.

For more than 25 years, Curtis has led a wide range of real estate development and acquisition activities throughout his career, maintaining a primary focus on historic rehabilitation developments and the creation of affordable housing.

According to the Tri-Town Transcript, WinnDevelopment has a national reputation for completing historically sensitive renovation projects, including the adaptive re-use of historic buildings, with numerous properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places.

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10.18.12 Boxford Eminent Domain Land Taking

Boxford Town Hall

According to the Tri-Town Transcript, Boxford Selectman approved an eminent domain land-taking which includes a nearly19-acre land-locked parcel off Spofford Road that stretches from the back of Town Hall (pictured above) to Spofford Pond School to the landfill and North to the Georgetown line.  The landlocked parcel was appraised at $126,000 and another $4,000 in legal fees was also allocated to buy the land with money from free cash.

At this time, the 19-acre parcel is used for the nature trail at Spofford Pond Elementary School, and a small corner of it sits on the town landfill.

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12.28.11 Boxford Library Deemed Incompatible with the Area

Elm Street viwe of the proposed Boxford Village Library  Read more: Historic Districts Commission shoots down library certificate of appropriateness - Boxford, MA - Tri-Town Transcript http://www.wickedlocal.com/boxford/news/x795100272/Historic-Districts-Commission-shoots-down-library-certificate-of-appropriateness#ixzz1hrcGHZhE

The Tri-town Transcript recently reported that the Boxford Historic Districts Commission turned down, in a 3-2 vote, the certificate of appropriateness for the new library project propped for the historic Boxford area.

The board members that turned the plan down stated that the 18,000 square foot building was too large for the area, and that the design of the building was “incompatible” with the surrounding historic neighborhood.

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11.14.11 Boxford Zoning Board Debates Library Proposal

Boxford's Zoning Board of Appeals

The Tri-Town Transcript recently reported that the Boxford town library proposal was turned down by the town Zoning Board Association, with one of the three board members voting against the project. A unanimous vote was needed to pass the proposal.

The vote against the proposed library project came after months of planning, redesigns, and negotiations between the town and the hired architect group and community. The main reason the project received a “no” vote was the size of the library and the impact it would have one the surrounding community. The proposed building was said to be too large for the area, which is located in a small village setting, and would “ruin the historic character of the village.”

Boxford will need to return $800,000 in grants that were awarded for the project, of those funds $360,000 has already been spent.

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7.20.11 Boxford Town Officials Not Satisfied with Library Design

The Tri-Town Transcript recently reported that town officials in Boxford, MA are not satisfied with the proposed design for the new two-story Boxford Village Library. The architect of the project, Angela Hiatt of Schwartz/Silver Architects found her design under much scrutiny in a town meeting held in mid July.

The architect has been working hard with the town’s Historic District Commission in making sure that the new 18,500 square foot building would fit in with the neighboring buildings and surroundings. According to the architect many sacrifices, including fewer parking spaces and reducing the height of the building, were made in order to have the building fit in perfectly as well as remain within budget.

Among town officials the common concerns seem to be a lack of windows, simplistic exteriors, and inappropriate material usage on the exterior. An especially long roofline and large slope also seems to be an area of major concern.

The architect was asked by town officials to take in account the critiques, and provide another design before any drafts are finalized.

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5.15.11 Senior Housing in Boxford

The Tri-Town Transcript recently reported that the Boxford Housing Partnership Committee (HPC) is planning to build senior housing on the Haynes Land, where there is an undesignated and undeveloped parcel of land.

As of now the only elderly development in Boxford is Four Mile Village which is roughly 20 years old and does not comply with the American Disabilities Act. The HPC will be meeting with the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals to see if the Haynes land could be designated as an elderly district.

Roughly 2/3 of the 150 people on the Four Mile Village waiting list are requesting first-floor units, the new development would be able to accommodate those people. “The need for accessible housing in Boxford is clear, says the Housing Partnership Committee.”

Although just in the beginning stages and with no designs drawn up, plans are to have four to five building with 16 to 20 units apiece all which would be ADA compliant.

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