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Natick Legislators Announce Passage of Two Local Bills

September 24, 2009

September 24, 2009

Senators Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) and Scott Brown (R-Wrentham) and Representatives David Linsky (D-Natick) and Alice Peisch (D-Wellesley) announced today the passage of two home rule petitions they filed on behalf of the town of Natick. 

The bills, authorized by the town at their Spring Town Meeting and sponsored by the Natick legislative delegation, were recently signed into law by Governor Patrick.

One of the bills allows the town to establish a revolving fund that would be used for the acquisition and construction of new parking in downtown Natick. The fund would receive payments from residential and commercial developers seeking to reduce the amount of on-site parking otherwise provided for in local bylaws.

The bill enables the town to make expenditures from this fund for the exclusive purpose of creating new daytime parking.  In combination with other funding sources, the revolving fund is part of the town’s innovative solution to continue the revitalization of Natick Center as a commercial, residential, government and cultural center in MetroWest.

The other bill allows the town of Natick to enter into a long-term lease agreement for the Eliot School property alongside the Charles River in South Natick.  Currently leased by the Eliot Montessori School through 2010, this property has been the subject of study by a Town Meeting committee. 

The Town seeks to improve the premises and preserve the land for future use while ensuring public access to the riverfront.  A long term lease will provide a future tenant with sufficient assurance to undertake improvements while allowing the town to maintain some control over this historic property.

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