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Improvements to downtown continue in Marlborough

Marlborough, MASS. October 12, 2012 – The Marlborough Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the United Brethren Lodge have jointly funded a brand-new fence along Main Street and Newton Street in the City of Marlborough. The attractive, black ornamental aluminum fence improves the look of a prominent piece of property and reflects the city’s ongoing effort to enhance the downtown area.

The United Brethren Lodge was receptive to the suggestion from MEDC and City Council President Patricia Pope, who is a member of MEDC’s Board of Directors, about this collaborative effort, according to Lodge member Joe Delano. “As Masons, we always want to be an asset in the community, be it our charitable endeavors or in this case just doing our part to be a good neighbor,” Delano said. “MEDC made it incredibly easy, and we are extremely pleased with the results of this partnership.”

The project was funded by Marlborough’s 6 percent local option rooms tax, which is levied on visitors of the city’s hotels. “The money to pay for the new fence did not come from Marlborough’s taxpayers but was made possible through what is essentially a transfer tax and a great tool to use for increasing curb appeal and property values,” said Tim Cummings, MEDC’s director of operations.

The new fence is just one of recent public-private partnerships the city has undertaken to beautify the downtown area. In June, for example, Marlborough unveiled a pocket park on Main Street that replaced a vacant, overgrown lot with shrubs, trees, and several picnic benches. The park was made possible through a public-private partnership between MEDC and Marlborough Savings Bank.