Public Hearing Information - Community Preservation Committee - Town of Needham, Massachusetts

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE

TOWN OF NEEDHAM, MASSACHUSETTS

PROPOSALS UNDER REVIEW FOR ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

MAY, 2019

The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) invites all interested parties to a public hearing on the following projects that have been included in the May 2019 Annual Town Meeting Warrant. The public hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 7:30 PM in Powers Hall at Town Hall. The CPC welcomes the input to assist in their deliberations. A decision on whether the CPC will recommend each of the projects will be made by the end of March, prior to them being presented to Town Meeting. View the applications. If you are unable to attend, but have questions, please email the CPC Staff Liaison.

FIRST BAPTIST PORCH PRESRVATION 

The First Baptist Church is requesting $799,040 for engineering and construction of the first of a multi-phase project to restore and preserve the 1856 building. The funding would support the restoration of the front porch – a prominent and identifying feature of the First Baptist Church. The restoration would include doors, columns, and decorative and architectural elements and detailing. The project also includes the restoration of the Church's historic clock and bell system.

MODERNIZATION AND RE-DEVELOPMENT OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING CONSULTANT

The Needham Housing Authority (NHA) is requesting $150,000 funding for a consultant to develop the architectural, engineering, survey, financial modeling, legal and related documents necessary for the Authority to obtain State and Federal funding for major modernization projects. The NHA will be matching this request with $150,000 of its own funds for this project. The completion of this consulting work is anticipated to result in an application for improvement to NHA properties in the amount of approximately $950,000 of additional CPA funds, and $37.7 million from HUD's Rental Assistance Program. This would result in the modernization of 76 units, and the potential development of 61 new units.

FISCHER ST TRAILHEAD DESIGN

The Bay Colony Rail Trail Association (BCRTA), with support from the Town Manager's office is requesting $15,000 to the design of a trailhead for the 1.3 mile Needham Rail Trail that runs from the Charles River to the Town Forest at High Rock Street. The proposed trailhead includes a driveway, parking area, wood rail fence/guardrail, landscaping, benches, signage, and interpretive elements. The addition of parking and associated amenities will increase and improve public access to this recreational asset. The BCRTA is seeking state grant funding for the construction of this trailhead.

TOWN COMMON RENOVATION

The Department of Public Works, with support from the Town Manager's office, is requesting $117,000 to fund the design of the Town Common Renovation Project which includes the green space and hardscape area of the Common, and is proposed to maximize the current use of space, complement Town Hall, enhance the "blue tree," and integrate with the new streetscape improvements. The project includes sod, trees, plantings, low maintenance hardscape materials, and improved accessibility. Pathways and landscaping will be adjusted for improved functionality, and electrical and sound capacity will be installed to accommodate community events. This article would fund the final design of the project.

ROSEMARY LAKE TRAIL PROJECT

The Park and Recreation Commission is requesting $200,000 for improvements to Rosemary Lake including both access and trails. The funding would allow the Town to would replace the more than 30 year old dock at Rosemary Lake with one that can be used for canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats. This dock would be run by Park & Recreation staff during the pool season. In addition, on the camp property side of the Lake, a picnic pavilion will be installed after the existing buildings are demolished to make the trail more attractive and useful to the public.

CRICKET FIELD RENOVATION

The Department of Public Works and the Park and Recreation Commission are requesting $480,000 to construct improvements to the functionality of Cricket Field. The field does not have a fully-functioning irrigation system, and the grading on the site is inconsistent and leads to localized draining issues. As part of the project, all turf will be stripped and top soil will be removed. The field will be regraded and the soil will be amended to allow for improved drainage. A new irrigation system will be installed and the field will be sodded.

PLAYGROUND IMPROVEMENTS

The Park and Recreation Commission are requesting $350,000 to improve playgrounds throughout the town. This request is part of the Park & Recreation Commission's overall plan to improve playgrounds through the Town. This funding would add handicap accessible features at Greene's Field and Cricket Field, and begin the addition of poured-in-place pathways at other playgrounds. This is part of a two year plan.