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Hopkinton's selectmen give town's planners power to grant special permits for major development

Posted by Ralph Ranalli March 19, 2008 07:44 AM

Hopinkton's Board of Selectmen has agreed to give the town's Planning Board authority to grant special permits for the proposed Legacy Farms development, over the objections of the Hopkinton Board of Appeals, which usually has that role.

The Board of Appeals will retain jurisdiction over variances for the project, however.

Weston-based developer Boulder Capital has announced plans to build 940 residential units and 450,000 square feet of commercial and retail space on the 700-acre site that was once the home of Weston Nurseries. Boulder's plan would leave 500 acres undeveloped. The site is bordered by East Main Street (Route 135), Wilson Street, Clinton Street, Curtis Road, and Frankland Road.

The developers are expected to present a detailed plan for the site to a Special Town Meeting no later than Nov. 5.

-- Michele Morgan Bolton

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