We are pleased to report that Old English Square is moving forward.
At the State level, the project was granted a Phase 1 Waiver from the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office on October 12, 2005 to proceed on the retail portion of the project. MEPA also issued a Certificate on September 9, 2005 allowing the proponent to prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the whole project, including both the retail and residential village. With work underway, we anticipate submitting the EIR to MEPA in November 2005.
At the local level, the retail portion of the project has been set back due to procedural complications on the Holbrook Planning Board. As a result of the Board's inability to issue a decision on the retail village, the Mullins Company resubmitted the entire project for site plan review on October 18, 2005. Consequently, retail construction will be delayed until spring 2006.
As for other local permits, the Conservation Commission issued an Order of Conditions on September 19, 2005, the Board of Health issued a Sewer Permit on October 14, 2005.
In response to town concerns over the conditions of sidewalks on Union Street, the Mullins Company is working with the Holbrook Public Works Department to apply for state Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) funding for pedestrian improvements between Old English Square and the Randolph Commuter rail station.
The Mullins Company is in the process of securing tenants for the site in preparation for a summer 2006 groundbreaking.
Read about the original plan.
The proposed Old English Square retail village.
The Retail Village
- Approximately 36,000 square feet of new retail and professional space.
- Approximately 4 to 6 new retail outlets such as movie rental stores, dry cleaners, coffee shops and restaurants.
- Five to six small businesses such as law and doctors' offices. The new buildings will surround a green space and a driveway.
- Traditional New England Colonial Architecture
The Mullins Company