Nashoba Publishing, Posted: 04/04/2014 07:30:01 AM EDT
By M.E. Jones, Correspondent
SHIRLEY — With a representative of the Economic Development Committee his agency has been working with in the audience Monday night, MassDevelopment’s Ed Starzek gave the selectmen an overview of the agency’s latest plans for an area of Devens land off Hospital Road in Shirley known as the “Village Growth” district.
Formerly the so-called “Shirley housing area” in Fort Devens days, the now-vacant site behind the Ayer-Shirley Regional Middle School is zoned for commercial and retail uses.
But because such uses are no longer considered likely to thrive there under current conditions, MassDevelopment – the state agency charged with redeveloping and temporarily governing the former military base has decided to pursue another course: senior housing/assisted living, which studies show there’s a need for now, Starzek said.