Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The zoning change for the proposed Target/Canyon Site project was denied by Town Meeting last night.
After months of public consideration among the different town boards that deal with development, the controversial Canyon/Target project was before Town Meeting last night and the majority of members voted to deny the project. Members voted 39 in favor and 72 against the warrant article that called for a zoning change at the site off of Wheeler Road near the Middlesex Turnpike. The zoning change required a 2/3 majority but the article failed without even 50 percent of the Town Meeting votes. The background on the project is that in the fall of 2010 the Gutierrez Company entered an agreement to potentially purchase the 15.3 acre piece of state-owned land that located adjacent to Wheeler Road and near the Middlesex Turnpike from the …
Monday, May 21, 2012
A letter from Edens Senior Project Manager Keith Hague on the proposed Target and traffic mitigation plan.
The following is a letter from Edens (owner of Middlesex Commons) Edens Senior Project Manager Keith Hague shared by The Gutierrez Company. Find the original here. As owners of the Middlesex Commons Shopping Center we have completed a thorough review of all plans, reports and analysis provided to us by your traffic engineer VHB. After further review of this data by our own traffic engineer, MDM Transportation, as well as follow up review meetings with yourself and VHB, we feel the proposed traffic mitigation measures will be a significant improvement to the traffic flow along Middlesex Turnpike. With the additional directional signage we discussed for Old Concord Road, we are confident that these measures will improve access and traffic …
Friday, May 18, 2012
Town Meeting will take up the zoning change for the proposed Canyon/Target project first thing Monday evening.
Update: Selectman Walter Zenkin informed Patch today that the Board of Selectmen will take up the question as to whether or not to recommend for or against this project to Town Meeting during a session at 7 p.m. Monday at Burlington High School. He said the reason he abstained (see below) last week rather than voting when the issue was brought up was because it wasn't on the agenda. Original story: Town Meeting members will face a big and long-anticipated decision after hearing from proponents and opponents of the proposed Target project off of Wheeler Road on Monday. The background on the project is that in the fall of 2010 the Gutierrez Company entered an agreement to potentially purchase the 15.3 acre piece of state-owned land that …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Burlington Patch will feature a live discussion with Scott Weiss of the Gutierrez Company, the developer behind the proposed Target plan at the Canyon Site, this Thursday at 6 p.m.
The proposed Target/Canyon Site plan put forward by the Gutierrez Company is one of the hottest issues in town right now. The next step for the proposal is a zoning change that will be before Town Meeting on May 14. In a recent vote the Burlington Planning Board voted 4-3 to recommend the warrant article be passed. Burlington Patch has worked hard to bring comprehensive coverage of this story since it first caught or attention and we've carried many stories on the subject (see below). However, we know we can't address every question readers may have. So what we decided to do was invite Gutierrez Project Manager Scott Weiss into a live blog and invite readers to ask their questions directly. Come to Burlington Patch this Thursday, May 10 …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
A letter to the editor from new Town Meeting member Darlene Griffin, Precinct 2.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The following is a letter to the editor: To the Editor: As a new Town Meeting Member and long-time resident of Burlington, I write today in support of The Gutierrez Company’s proposal to rezone the Canyon site. While I see many benefits in developing the land, I’m most pleased to hear that Gutierrez will invest millions into fixing Middlesex Turnpike and that Target is interested in the property. I continue to hear people in the community saying that they do not want another “big box” retailer like Target in Burlington. However, why wouldn’t you welcome a reputable retailer such as Target? It has an excellent standard for community giving, contributing a percentage of its profits to local programs and organizations. For example, Target…
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
A letter to the editor from Town Meeting member Gary B. Kasky.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
As tax payers of Burlington, I think everyone should seriously consider the benefits of The Gutierrez Company’s Canyon project. Specifically as it relates to getting traffic moving again on Middlesex Turnpike. Gutierrez is going to invest millions of dollars to widen portions of Middlesex Turnpike and address design issues that result in traffic congestion at the Wheeler Road and Adams Street intersections. In addition, they're going to do this before any development happens. Gutierrez finally got Mass DOT at the table to help with this, not to mention fund an additional traffic study to guide further state investment after the initial improvements are made. There is a reason why almost every business owner on this stretch of Middlesex …
Monday, April 23, 2012
A letter to Town Meeting members from the Gutierrez Company with a video on the Canyon Site and an invitation to information sessions.
Monday, April 23, 2012
The following is a letter to Town Meeting members from the Gutierrez Company on the proposed Target project: Dear Town Meeting Members, Over the past few weeks, many of you have asked us questions related to the location and existing conditions of the Canyon property. In case you haven't had a chance to visit the site on your own, we invite you to take a virtual tour. Please watch our short video of the Canyon property led by Scott Weiss from The Gutierrez Company. As you will see, the development of this property is long overdue. The site, in its current state, is not pristine nor is it suitable for recreation or housing uses. On Saturday, May 5, The Gutierrez Company will host in-person site tours from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. If you would like…
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The Planning Board is meeting at 4 p.m. this afternoon to discuss traffic mitigation.
The Burlington Planning Board is holding a special meeting at 4 p.m. this afternoon in the Town Hall Annex basement meeting room to discuss the 3A/Canyon project. The Canyon site is the location for a proposed Target. According to the meeting agenda, the discussion will focus on proposed rezoning and mitigation as well as any restrictive covenants between the developer and the town. The Gutierrez Company, the developer looking to possibly purchase the land from the state and sell it to Target for a new location, has previously presented a traffic mitigation plan for Middlesex Turnpike and Wheeler Road in response to concerns that the proposed store will add to the already-congested traffic in the area. Opponents of the plan, however, have …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Burlington Patch sat down with Scott Weiss from the Gutierrez Company.
The proposed Target off of Wheeler Road near the Middlesex Turnpike and Rte. 128 has received a lot of attention and has been the focus of much public debate. Though Gutierrez announced last week that the zoning change for the project would not be part of this week's Town Meeting, the proposal is still in the works for a future vote. Much of that debate has focused on the potential impact to traffic in the area, which most agree is already overly congested. Gutierrez has put forward a traffic improvement plan they claim will help improve the situation, but there is still debate. Last week we posted a video of Gutierrez Project Manager Scott Weiss, who agreed to give a visual presentation of the proposed traffic plan, describing the plan …
Friday, January 20, 2012
The Gutierrez Company will request Town Meeting members to "refer the article back for further study" rather than taking a vote on Jan. 23.
The zoning change article for the proposed Target in the "Canyon Site" off of Wheeler Road near Middlesex Turnpike and Route 128 will not be voted on at next Monday's Town Meeting. Representatives of the Gutierrez Company, the entity behind the project, were back in front of the Burlington Planning Board last night to answer additional questions on the proposed traffic mitigation plan and during the meeting they stated that they would request that Town Meeting refer the warrant article back for "further study." "We understand the request of the board and of the Town for more time," said Scott Weiss, Gutierrez Managing Director of Commercial Development. "We have also heard from residents with questions and we want to give everyone a chance…