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2.27.20 Georgetown Reviews Inclusionary Bylaw Amendment

Last night the Georgetown Planning Board held a Public Hearing to review a proposed amendment to the Inclusionary Housing Balance Bylaw.  The amendment, as it stands now, would make several changes to the current bylaw including lowering the threshold to any residential development and creating a new calculation for the fee-in-lieu payment.

Georgetown’s current Inclusionary Housing Bylaw only affects developments of 3 units or greater.  A lowering of that threshold to 'any residential development' would mean that the construction of any single-family home on a single lot would require an in-lieu payment. This payment would be 12% of the average market sale price of the property.  Based on new construction sale prices from 2017-2020 that would be approximately $77,000.

The Public Hearing was continued until the next Planning Board meeting on March 25th to allow time for additinoal review and comment.   NSAR was in attendance to provide public comment. Once the amendment is finalized it will be moved to be presented at Town Meeting later this year.

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10.15.13 Georgetown Knights of Columbus Repairs

Frank Meader Council 6064 Knights of Columbus meeting house - 87 East Main, Georgetown, MA

According to the Georgetown Record, the Knights of Columbus are seeking a general contractor to repair and restore their headquarters at 87 East Main Street, Georgetown, MA.

Building representative Lonnie Brennan said the reconstruction would require rebuilding the entire first floor by installing new flooring, constructing new walls and rebuilding its kitchen.

Brennan said the Knights of Columbus want other local, non-profit organizations to use the space such as Scouting troops, support groups, and private citizens.  Typically, there is no fee to rent the space.

A recent use of the grounds included a charitable yard sale hosted by Georgetown residents.  Other groups that use the space have since moved off-site following the flooding earlier this year that shut the building down.  The Knights say that the hope is 90% of the time, the building will be used by the community at large.

The Knights took control of the building at 87 East Main Street in 1968.

Read the entire Georgetown Record article.

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11.29.10 Second Park May be Coming to Georgetown

Proposed new Georgetown park
According to the Georgetown Record, the Georgetown Parks and Recreation Commission is looking for approval and funding from the town to begin the first phase of a proposed park that would be located on roughly 50 acres of land behind the New Life Community Church. The town currently has only one park, American Legion Park, which has become overcrowded lately as the town expands. Jim DiMento, chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission, is looking to the Community Preservation Committee to receive funding to begin phase one of the project.

The project, which is now in the design phase, will be constructed in two phases. Phase one will include the access road, parking lots, utilities, a skate park, and possible some walking trails. Once phase one is completed, phase two would add sports fields, bathroom facilities, and storage units. DiMento believes the park could be finished within the next 2-3 years.   The Parks and Rec. Commission is now compiling costs, and initial suggestions to the Community Preservation Committee are due by December 1.

Read the entire Georgetown Record article.

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6.24.10 Historic Homes in Georgetown

Captain Brocklebank House on East Main Street, Georgetown - built in 1660
The Georgetown Record reports that last year the Georgetown Historical Commission hired a consulting firm, Larson Fisher Associates of Woodstock, NY, to survey Georgetown’s oldest area – Elm Street – in an effort to preserve its irreplaceable history.

The GHC used a $10,000 grant from National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior.  The Larson group conducted background research and fieldwork and identified 51 historic homes following their survey.

GHC Chairman Ed Des Jardins is hoping to create 2 historic districts; one along Elm Street and the other at the village center.

Read the entire Georgetown Record article.

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2.23.10 Georgetown Housing Authority Tenants Organizing

Georgetown Tenants Association at Trestle Way
The Georgetown Record reports that a new organization – the Georgetown Tenants Association at Trestle Way (featured above) – has been organized and will be hoping to seek assistance and certification from the Massachusetts Public Housing Tenants Union and the Department of Housing and Community Development, in order to work with the Georgetown Housing Authority to have better organized, more effective meetings and procedures.

Read the entire Georgetown Record article.

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8.15.08 Georgetown Historic House Tour on Sept. 27th

The Eagle Tribune reported that the Georgetown Historical Society is sponsoring a Historical House Tour on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10am to 4pm. Tickets will be available mid-August for $20 at Sedler's Antiques, Theo's Restaurant, Meader's General Store all in Georgetown and Kay's Interiors in Groveland. All proceeds will benefit the continuing restoration of the Brocklebank Museum. For further information, call the Brocklebank Museum at 978-352-8526 or e-mail at or visit their website at

Read the entire Eagle Tribune article.

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