Harvard residents wrestle with future course for Devens
Sentinel & Enterprise, Posted: 12/23/2014 06:32:28 AM EST
By: Jon Bishop
HARVARD — The town is developing its master plan, and so, like Ayer and Shirley, it must ask: What does it do with the former Fort Devens?
On Dec. 6, the town held a forum at the Center on the Common to begin getting answers.
RKG Associates’ Judi Barrett, lead consultant for the town’s master-plan update, told the audience Devens is an enterprise zone and is primarily nonresidential. More than 90 business and organizations call Devens home, with more than 4,000 jobs, she said. About 60 percent of the land lies within Harvard.
After the base closure in 1996, Devens became an enterprise zone because the local host communities lacked the capacity to manage redevelopment, she said. It needed significant public investment.