News Articles and Press Releases

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News Articles

JUNE 2007

June 7, 2007 Golf Proposal Shelved
The chairman of the Board of Assessors withdrew his proposal that asked the town to consider taking land by eminent domain from a company and turning it into a golf course. FULL STORY (Boston Globe- South Edition)

June 1, 2007 Old English Square eminent domain is withdrawn
A proposal to take the Old English Square development by eminent domain has been withdrawn while a proposal to allow a horse stable on the site was defeated. FULL STORY (Holbrook Sun)

MAY 2007

May 11, 2007 Shortfall postpones Town Meeting
Facing a $2.3 million budget shortfall, officials have postponed the annual Town Meeting until May 29 in order to get a better handle on Holbrook’s finances. FULL STORY (Holbrook Sun)

Frustrated by a developer's legal challenges to creating residences and retail stores on 78 acres in town, the chairman of the Board of Assessors has proposed his own project. FULL STORY (Boston Globe)

May 4, 2007 Town Meeting may be postponed
Because of a looming $2.3 million budget shortfall, officials are considering postponing the May 15 annual Town Meeting. FULL STORY (Holbrook Sun)

May 4, 2007 Old English Square meeting is May 10
Residents will have another chance to hear about the latest progress on the Old English Square project during an informational meeting next week. FULL STORY (Holbrook Sun)

May 4, 2007 Letter: 'An unwise, inefficient way of generating revenue for our town'
FULL STORY (Holbrook Sun)

APRIL 2007

April 27, 2007 Circling back on Square
Residents will have a chance to hear about the latest progress on the Old English Square project during upcoming informational meetings. FULL STORY (PDF) (Holbrook Sun)

April 13, 2007 Advice regarding South Street water wells
After the Second World War, during the 1950s, both Holbrook and Randolph experienced a home building boom. FULL STORY (PDF) (Holbrook Sun)

April 13, 2007 Revisiting Ramblewood Apartments debate of 1977-78
I looked with interest at an article in the March 18 edition of the Boston Sunday Globe ("Petition calls for town to seize land slated for project") and a similar article in the March 23 edition of the Sun ("Old English Square site eyed for eminent domain.") FULL STORY (PDF) (Holbrook Sun)

April 6, 2007 Powilatis: Old English plan would not cost the taxpayers
A proposal for the town to take the Old English Square property by eminent domain and build a municipal golf course would be funded by bonds, not taxpayers. FULL STORY (Holbrook Sun)

MARCH 2007

March 30, 2007 EDITORIAL: Old English Square going around in circles
Two years ago, Town Meeting enthusiastically approved the Mullins proposal for Old English Square, a mixed-use development to be constructed on Union Street. FULL STORY (Holbrook Sun)

March 23, 2007 Old English Square site eyed for eminent domain
Some town officials are seeking to take the proposed site of the Old English Square mixed used development on Union Street by eminent domain for $1.9 million and create a golf course and drinking water wells. FULL STORY (Holbrook Sun)

March 19, 2007 Petition calls for town to seize land slated for project
Concerned that the developer of the largest building project ever in Holbrook might renege on its plans, some local officials are throwing their support behind a citizen’s petition...
(Boston Globe)

MAY 2006

May 26, 2006 Spotted turtles are off the protected list
FULL STORY (Holbrook Sun)

May 23, 2006 Spotted turtles lose protected status
FULL STORY (Boston Globe)

May 7, 2006 Project debate: boon or drain?
FULL STORY (Boston Globe)

May 5, 2006 Old English developer to build retail, improve Union Street
FULL STORY (Holbrook Sun)

APRIL 2006

April 28, 2006 Planning board sued over Old English Square
FULL STORY (Holbrook Sun)

April 7, 2006 Green light for Old English
FULL STORY (Holbrook Sun)

MARCH 2006

March 24, 2006 AG OKs zoning of Old English
FULL STORY (Holbrook Sun)


February 24, 2006 Letter: 'Not an accurate account of what took place'
FULL STORY (Holbrook Sun)


January 27, 2006 Mullins to restore Union St. home
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

January 13, 2006 It's a go for Old English Square
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

January 6, 2006 Old English Square back on the agenda
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)


December 23, 2005 Old English Square articles resubmitted to Town Meeting
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)


November 25, 2005 Zoning for Old English in jeopardy
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

November 2, 2005 Holbrook board fills two vacancies on town boards
Full Story (Brockton Enterprise)


October 21, 2005 Old English Square starts over
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)


September 23, 2005 Old English Square conditions in works
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

September 16, 2005 Old English hearing Oct. 4
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

September 2, 2005 Jacob ousted as vice chairman
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)


August 26, 2005 Turtles will be spotted around Old English project
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

August 26, 2005 Portions of Old English Square may contain Native American artifacts
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

August 19, 2005 Old English developers seek waiver from environmental rules
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

August 19, 2005 Second traffic light at Old English Square eyed
Full Story
(Holbrook Sun)

August 5, 2005 Old English Square changes recommended by consultant
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

JULY 2005

July 22, 2005 Old English redesigned
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

July 8, 2005 Conflict of interest claimed
Full Story
(Holbrook Sun)

July 1, 2005 Clear message sent
Full Story
(Holbrook Sun)

JUNE 2005

June 24, 2005 Old English Square projects get green light
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

MAY 2005

May 27, 2005 Old English zoning, budget postponed
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

May 20, 2005 Money items may be deferred at TM
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

May 13, 2005 Voters face Old English Square plan
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

May 6, 2005 Soccer field eyed next to Sumner
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

May 6, 2005 Public hearings with Mullins on Old English Square set
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)


December 24, 2004 Ramblewood 40B plan is questioned
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

December 24, 2004 Turtles may slow down Old English
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

December 10, 2004 Affordable housing plan on griddle
Full Story
(Holbrook Sun)


November 28, 2004 Soccer Field Design
Full Story (Boston Globe)

November 19, 2004 Planning board does project house cleaning
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

November 15, 2004 High-Density Downtowns Combat Sprawl
Full Story (Banker & Tradesman)

November 12, 2004 Soccer field advisory committee formed
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)


October 15, 2004 Input sought on Holbrook park
Full Story (Patriot Ledger)

October 15, 2004 Committee proposed to plan soccer field at Old English Square
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

JUNE 2004

June 4, 2004 Old English Square plan now awaits AG's approval of by-law changes
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

MAY 2004

May 31, 2004 Town Approves Zoning Change for Mixed-Use Project
Full Story (Banker & Tradesman)

May 28, 2004 30 condominiums, 16 townhouses and 30,000 s/f retail
Mullins Company to develop 78-acre Old English Sq.
Full Story (New England Real Estate Journal)

May 28, 2004 Large mixed-use project in Holbrook a ‘smart-growth’ win
Full Story (Boston Business Journal)

May 21, 2004 It's a go for Old English Square Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

May 18, 2004 Holbrook paves way for new stores, condos: Town meeting passes residential, retail zoning provisions Full Story (Patriot Ledger)

May 12, 2004 Support Old English Square development Full Story (Patriot Ledger)

May 10, 2004 Mullins Co. Seeks Approval for Holbrook Project
Full Story
(Banker & Tradesman)

May 6, 2004 Town Meeting to Revisit Old English Square Plan Full Story (Boston Globe)

APRIL 2004

April 30, 2004 Planning board eyes Old English articles Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

April 23, 2004 Old English proposal moves ahead Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

April 23, 2004 Curran is new planning board chairman Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

April 16, 2004 Planning board OKs Old English Square Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

April 2, 2004 CVS, Old English on planning board plate Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

MARCH 2004

March 26, 2004 CVS on South Franklin gets once over Full Story (Holbrook Sun)


February 13, 2004 Old English Square hearing resumes Feb. 19
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

February 9, 2004 All-Age Housing Gaining Favor as Baby Boomers Age, Developers See a Big Market for Housing that Mixes All Age Groups
Full Story (Boston Globe)


January 16, 2004 Planning Board, Mullins holding more frequent talks Full Story
(Holbrook Sun)

January 2, 2004 Old English plan heads for home stretch Full Story (Holbrook Sun)


December 6, 2003 Leap forward debated: Holbrook worries about its future
Full Story (Patriot Ledger)


November 27, 2003 Old English Back on Agenda Full Story (Boston Globe)

November 8, 2003 Hearing on development gets go-ahead; Town counsel says session may be held on Old English Square Full Story (Patriot Ledger)

November 7, 2003 Trying again. Old English Square plan going before the public
Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

November 6, 2003 Old English Developer to try again; Public hearing set for next week
Full Story (Boston Globe)


October 17, 2003 Old English suit looms Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

October 14, 2003 Developer to sue board over lack of action
Old English Square stalled without new zoning article.
Full Story (Patriot Ledger)

October 10, 2003 Old English plan appears dead for now Full Story (Holbrook Sun)

October 6, 2003 Determined Developer Revisits Reticent Town full story (Banker & Tradesman)

October 3, 2003 Union St. proposal stalled; deadline is near full story (Patriot Ledger)

October 3, 2003 Lawyer won't stay blue over Holbrook mixed-use project Full story (Boston Business Journal)

October 3, 2003 Old English developers revise plan Full story (Holbrook Sun)

September 27, 2003
Some neighbors leery of huge project; 350 condos planned at Wright Brothers Union Street parcel Full story (Patriot Ledger)

September 24, 2003 Condos axed from Holbrook plan: Developer emphasizes retail in Old English Square revision Full story (Patriot Ledger)

JULY 2003
July 26, 2003 Old English developer says he'll try again FULL STORY (Patriot Ledger)

JUNE 2003
June 7, 2003 Frustrating Development: Romney Approach Being Rejected by Many Communities FULL STORY (Boston Globe)

MAY 2003
May 30, 2003 Speaking out for the community of Ramblewood FULL STORY (Holbrook Sun)

May 30, 2003 Smallville USA - showing how small-minded they are FULL STORY (Holbrook Sun)

May 30, 2003 88-acre quandary FULL STORY (Holbrook Sun)

May 29, 2003 Development complex plan in jeopardy FULL STORY (Boston Globe)

May 28, 2003 Builder looks at options after Holbrook vote FULL STORY (Patriot Ledger)

May 23, 2003 Old English Square is rejected FULL STORY (Holbrook Sun)

May 22, 2003 Holbrook nixes residential-retail building project FULL STORY (Brockton Enterprise)

May 22, 2003 Huge development fails to win zoning variance FULL STORY (Patriot Ledger)

May 16, 2003 Holbrook voters to decide fate of 79-acre parcel FULL STORY
(Boston Business Journal)

May 15, 2003 Town Meeting to vote on Old English Square rezoning FULL STORY
(Holbrook Sun)

May 3, 2003 Developer tries to win support for project FULL STORY (Patriot Ledger)

APRIL 2003
April 24, 2003 Developer campaigns for 'village' project FULL STORY (Boston Globe)

April 14, 2003 Developer hoping for support of mixed-use plan in Holbrook
FULL STORY (Banker & Tradesman)

April 11, 2003 Old English Square shopping and residential village is on web site
FULL STORY (Holbrook Sun)

April 5, 2003 Builder seeks rail zone; would add residential designation for Old English Square FULL STORY (Patriot Ledger)

April 3, 2003 Developer wants to build 343 units in town center FULL STORY (

April 3, 2003 Holbrook board weighs impact of village proposal FULL STORY
(Brockton Enterprise)

MARCH 2003
March 12, 2003 Romney touts incentives for housing FULL STORY (Boston Globe)

January 24, 2003 100 new homes are on horizon FULL STORY (Holbrook Sun)

December 10, 2002 Housing plan proposed on Union St. FULL STORY (Patriot Ledger)

December 6, 2002 Union St. plan eyed FULL STORY (Holbrook Sun)

Press Releases

April 2, 2003 Holbrook developer unveils updated informational website
Old English Square Project Now at Residents' Fingertips here. FULL PRESS RELEASE