Marlborough Enterprise – What a year it’s been.
The city never suffered from a shortage of news in 2012.
Kicking things off in January, Arthur Vigeant was inaugurated as mayor after serving for 18 years on the City Council.
Just two months later, in March, came perhaps the biggest news of the year – that TJX would take over the space left vacant by Fidelity’s move, bringing 1,600 jobs to the city. That news couldn’t have come at a better time, too, as the city had just learned that wind power company Vestas wouldn’t be opening a huge research and development facility on Crowley Drive as it originally planned.
Discussions with TJX started about a year and a half ago, Vigeant said. Now the renovations are underway and the business has a target date of June for its employees to move in.
“It’s a top-notch, growing company,” Vigeant said.
The economic development news, of course, did not stop with TJX. Quest Diagnostics, a medical diagnostic company, and Boston Scientific both announced that they would be adding hundreds of jobs in the city.
Quest will move into long-vacant space formerly used by Hewlett-Packard.
“I’m excited about the type of jobs they’re bringing to the city,” Vigeant said.
And Boston Scientific will relocate its headquarters here from Natick.
“It’s a great feather in the cap for the city,” Vigeant said.
Looking ahead to next year, there are several projects on the horizon. The most visible will be the proposed construction of a new senior center at Ward Park. The city needs to get an architect in place, Vigeant said.
Vigeant acknowledged that there is concern among neighbors to the proposed location. City Councilor Matt Elder scheduled a neighborhood meeting Wednesday about the project that Vigeant planned to attend.
Neighbors will have a say, but they should understand that “there will be nothing but a great project at the end of this,” Vigeant said.
The city is beginning the design process on another major project – the renovation of Memorial Beach. Marlborough just received a $400,000 grant for improvements at the beach.
“It just really needs a complete makeover,” said Vigeant, who hopes the physical work starts next year.
When he started in the job, Vigeant said he was surprised about how much fun he was having. Twelve months later, the song remains the same.
“I’m no less enthusiastic about the job today,” Vigeant said. “The City Council has been fantastic in supporting me. Working together, we can get some great things done for the city. I’m looking forward to 2013.”
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