Hello to all Framingham Citizens
Here is a brief overview of developments concerning the proposed new Location for the McAuliffe Library in Framingham's Nobscot area.
Many of you already know that there well be a vote at the upcoming Town Meeting to decide if the town will match the $4.2 million in funds (provided by the state) to reach the total $8.4 million needed for the proposed Library. These funds will be allocated to actually build the Library.
NOTE: there will be a separate vote for authorization to purchase the land for the library ~$500K.
Accordingly, many residents of the Nobscot area are concerned about the proposed library's impact on the traffic patterns on Water Street and the Water Street-Edgell Road Intersection.
The Citizens want to have a traffic study done to ensure that the existing infrastructure of the roadway (Water Street) can handle the increased volume of traffic associated with building a Branch Library which, by volumes circulated, is--THE SECOND LARGEST BRANCH LIBRARY IN THE STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS.
The location of the New Library is to be directly opposite/abutting 4 existing structures: The Hemenway School, Framingham Fire Station, Heritage Assisted Living and the Nobscot Plaza.
We have secured enough signatures on a CITIZENS PETITION (and also directly petitioned each Selectman) to add an Article to the WARRENT for the upcoming TOWN MEETING IN APRIL. This Article would request that a Traffic Study be done before they proceed with the purchase of the land for the library.
In order to ensure that this Article will be placed onto the Warrant for the Town Meeting, we need your support at upcoming Selectman's Meeting(s). IT IS THE SELECTMEN WHO DETERMINE WHAT ARTICLES WILL BE PLACED ON THE WARRENT.
I have enclosed a current communication from the Town advising of the upcoming process:
Dear Mr. Bobrick:
This is to inform you that that the Town Clerk’s office has certified your Citizens’ Petition for the traffic study at the new proposed site for the McAuliffe Branch Library on Water Street. While I do have the hard copy that you originally submitted with your petition, I wonder whether you can forward me an electronic version of your materials. Please feel free to forward if you’re able to do so.
I will be in touch when the Selectmen would like to review this Citizens’ Petition at one of their upcoming March meetings. Thank you for your time and cooperation.
Cherry Manuel | Administrative Assistant
Office of the Town Manager & Board of Selectmen
Town of Framingham
150 Concord Street
Framingham, MA 01702
T: 508.532.5401 • F: 508.532.5731
Friends and Citizens we ask for YOUR support. Please contact your friends and neighbors, ward representatives and any of our 5 Selectmen directly to request their support for this Traffic Study.
Also, please would monitor the Town Website to determine when this Citizens Petition will be heard--your presence at the meeting would be appreciated.
Please feel free to contact me for any additional information concerning this process.
ps Neighbors residing on Bacon Road, Montgomery, Cider Mill Road and Water Street (some 70 households) got a 20 page informational packet from me on the particulars last week. I want to THANK all of the Citizens who showed their support.