Friday, March 1, 2013
There was a vapor cloud of liquid nitrogen filling the air around the building for the incoming Keurig Headquarters last night.
Burlington Fire Department personnel responded to a hazardous material situation at the building for the new Keurig headquarters at 63 South Avenue last night. Chief Steve Yetman said the call came in around 9:30 p.m. of a vapor cloud forming in the rear of the building. Emergency crews, led by Captain Scott Carpenter, assessed the situation and determined that the cloud was liquid nitrogen, which Yetman said is a cryogenic liquid with a temperature of -375 degrees. Yetman said the vapor cloud made approximately a 50-foot circle around the tank. He added that tanks that hold gases such as liquid nitrogen have a safety release if the pressure builds up too much. He said fire fighters believe that was the case here. "That's what the tanks …
Friday, November 16, 2012
The grant will fund work on Middlesex Turnpike to help mitigate the traffic that will be created by the relocation of the Keurig headquarters to town.
Burlington has been awarded a $1 million grant from the state for roadwork improvements on Middlesex Turnpike. According to a release from Gov. Deval Patrick's office, the MassWorks grant will be used to support roadway improvements to Middlesex Turnpike, Second Avenue and South Avenue to support the consolidation of Keurig Company’s current Massachusetts workforce to its new site. According to the Patrick-Murray Administration a total of $38 million for 26 new MassWorks Infrastructure Program grants were announced to support economic development and housing creation throughout the Commonwealth. "Through these grants, the Patrick-Murray Administration will partner with cities and towns to make targeted investments in infrastructure such as…
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Green Mountain Coffee announced earlier today that it is moving the Keurig Inc. headquarters to Burlington.
After months of negotiations that included the passage of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) agreement by Town Meeting last month, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, the parent company of Keurig, has decided to move its headquarters from Reading to Burlington. As reported by Patch, Town Meeting members voted 93 to 7 to approve the Tax Increment Financing agreement with the town that would save the company an estimated $3,256,352 over 15 years in an attempt to lure the company to Burlington during the annual May Town Meeting. Town leaders supported the TIF agreement for a variety of reasons. As reported, Keurig representatives have stated, and Town Administrator Robert Mercier confirmed to Town Meeting, the planned relocation of the company …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Town Meeting members voted 93 to 7 to approve the proposed Tax Incentive Finance deal with the K-Cup makers for its headquarters move.
The relocation of Keurig's headquarters from Reading to Burlington took a big step towards becoming a done deal at Town Meeting last night. Members voted 93 to 7 to approve the Tax Increment Financing agreement with the town that would save the company an estimated $3,256,352 over 15 years. As reported on Patch, Keurig is looking to find a larger facility for its headquarters. Currently Keurig has a base of operations in Reading and offices in other New England states. Keurig is looking to close the office locations, including the Reading office, and move to a new location. Keurig is considering occupying the Gutierrez-owned building at 63 South Avenue, where iRobot used to be located. The company is looking to lease the property for 15 …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
What are your thoughts on the proposed TIF agreement with Keurig? Let us know in the poll below.
Representatives from Keurig, the company behind the K-Cup coffee makers that is considering moving its headquarters from Reading to Burlington, met with Town Meeting members and residents last week to talk one of the two constants of the universe: taxes. The meeting was to bring residents and Town Meeting representatives up-to-date on a proposed Tax Increment Financing agreement with the town that would save the company an estimated $3,256,352 over 15 years. The proposal is on the May 2012 Town Meeting warrant. Town Meeting kicked off this past Monday and the Keurig agreement is the 13th warrant article. Town Meeting will reconvene this evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Burlington High School auditorium and this agreement will very likely be one…
Monday, May 14, 2012
The May Town Meeting kicks off tonight.
The May Town Meeting starts at Burlington High School at 7:30 p.m. this evening. There are 44 articles on the warrant that Town Meeting members will vote on, including some decisions. Do you have an opinion on one or more of the warrant articles that you would like to convey to your Town Meeting representatives? Perhaps you have a position on the proposed zoning change to allow a Target store to come to town, or a thought on the Tax Increment Financing proposal for the Keurig headquarters. Whatever it is, take this opportunity to reach out to your precinct's representatives and be heard. To find out how to reach your Town Meeting representatives, you can find a complete list, courtesy of the Town Clerk's office, in the PDFs attached to …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
A letter to the editor on the proposed Canyon Project and DPW/Recreation move.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The following is a letter to the editor: The Burlington Town meeting will soon have to confront two bad projects. Fortunately, if the members turn down both requests, we will have the opportunity to ask decision makers for a bit more imagination and a lot more forward thinking next time. The Canyon project promises the town a great deal of headache for very little in return. Canyon sales literature estimates that their 165,000 square foot retail development will generate $1 million in new net tax revenue. At the same time, the Keurig tax abatement proposal on the same Warrant, which has gone through a much more detailed evaluation process, says that a 445,000 square foot headquarters building will generate $1 million in tax revenues. I…
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
A chance of showers this afternoon, a blood drive and a meeting with Keurig.
Five Things You Need to Know Today" is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance. Today is Tuesday, May 8. Here are 5 things you need to know:
Monday, May 7, 2012
The company that makes the famous coffee machine will host an information session at Town Hall tomorrow from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
The following is a press release from Keurig in regards to the companies possible move to Burlington and the proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) agreement with the town: Keurig will be holding an information session at Burlington Town Hall on Tuesday, May 8 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Keurig, Incorporated ("Keurig") is a technology company in the coffee category. Keurig is reviewing a plan to relocate its offices to Burlington. The proposed expansion plans would benefit the Town in a variety of ways, including bringing a leading technology company to Burlington, generating new tax revenue, and creating 400 new jobs. Keurig is in the process of applying for a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) from the Town. The proposed TIF has received unanimous …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The Burlington Board of Selectmen voted 5-0 Monday night to recommend that Town Meeting approve a Tax Increment Financing agreement with the K-Cup makers.
The proposed plan for the Keurig Company to relocate its headquarters from Reading to Burlington advanced another step at last night's Board of Selectmen meeting. The board voted 5-0 to recommend to Town Meeting that the body approve a Tax Increment Finance (TIF) agreement with the company. The board also voted to recommend that Town Meeting designate a development district and submit the agreement to the State Economic Assistance Coordinating Council, the agency that oversees these arrangements. A TIF agreement is a tax-alleviation incentive that a municipality can give to a business to sweeten a deal to have it locate in town. Click here for a story with a lengthy discussion of TIF agreements. The full details of the TIF agreement will …