METRO WEST DAILY NEWS – City councilors will have a busy start to the new year.
A handful of major projects will go before the City Council at the beginning of the 2019 legislative session, including the vote on the proposed $23.7 million bond for the renovation and expansion of Marlborough’s more-than-century-old library.
Finance Committee members in November approved the bond. The full council is expected to vote on the funding at its first meeting on Jan. 7.
“Once the bonding is done they can start to move forward,” said City Council President Ed Clancy.
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners over the summer awarded Marlborough a $10.1 million grant to expand and renovate the library. Councilors have until Jan. 12 to accept the grant and fund the remaining cost.
The project is slated to include more room for meeting and quiet study space, additional public computers and rooms for tutoring and public workshops. More parking will also be added; the existing facility has only 23 spaces at its Witherbee Street entrance. Marlborough purchased three nearby homes for more room and parking.
Finance Committee members early next month will discuss another major project that would bring jobs and tax revenue to the city.
Candela Corporation – a medical device maker – is seeking a tax increment financing (TIF) deal that would pave the way for the company to relocate its corporate headquarters and research and design operations from Wayland to Marlborough.
Candela – founded in 2000 – plans to lease 50,000 square feet in a vacant building at 251 Locke Drive and is requesting a seven-year TIF deal with the city. Candela plans to invest about $5 million in capital expenditures on the facility and bring about $1.5 million in research and development capital equipment from its Wayland headquarters.
The company’s 200 employees would move to the city and an additional 50 would be hired by June 2020 under the terms of the proposed deal. Fifty more employees would be hired by June 2022.
“It’s a win for us if we get Candela here,” said Clancy. “It’s an emerging company.”
The Urban Affairs Committee will discuss JP and Melynda Gallagher’s request for a special permit to operate a coffee roaster at their Lost Shoe Brewing and Roasting Company at the former Speakers Nightclub on Jan. 3. The couple already received approval to operate the brewery.
A zoning amendment approved by councilors this fall permitted coffee roasters to operate in the Marlborough Village district downtown, business, industrial and limited zones. Coffee roasting – a manufacturing operation – was previously not allowed in those areas. Lost Shoe would be the city’s only roaster.
The fire station building committee is expected to submit a report to the council in the coming weeks on potential spots for a new west-side station and provide a recommendation on whether the department should operate with three or four stations. The department has stations on Maple Street, Pleasant Street and Boston Post Road.
Building a west-side station has been a priority for several years due to the significant commercial and residential growth.
Finance Committee members tabled discussion on a potential $10 million bond for a fire station in November.
This article by Jeff Malachowski originally appeared here.