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Quick on the draw

In bid to boost tax rolls, towns use fast-track permits to lure builders

1. Keystone Parking lot, Dedham Officials are talking about the merits of adopting fast-track permitting to possibly attract stores and a parking garage to a Dedham Square parking lot. 2. Fairfield Farm Kitchens, Brockton The Brockton City Council last month approved fast-track permitting to attract developers or companies to underutilized or vacant warehouses. The state, though, still needs to sign off on the expedited process. 3. Walpole Mall, Walpole The Walpole Mall last year received approval, under fast-track permitting, for a 100,000-square-foot expansion as well as facade and landscaping improvements.

1. Keystone Parking lot, Dedham
Officials are talking about the merits of adopting fast-track permitting to possibly attract stores and a parking garage to a Dedham Square parking lot.

2. Fairfield Farm Kitchens, Brockton
The Brockton City Council last month approved fast-track permitting to attract developers or companies to underutilized or vacant warehouses. The state, though, still needs to sign off on the expedited process.

3. Walpole Mall, Walpole
The Walpole Mall last year received approval, under fast-track permitting, for a 100,000-square-foot expansion as well as facade and landscaping improvements.

By James Vaznis
Globe Staff / January 17, 2008

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About a half-dozen communities south of Boston, eager to bolster their tax bases with new businesses, are promising to act within 180 days on select developers' requests for construction permits. Should time run out, developers will get the permits automatically. (Full article: 976 words)

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