Devens hearing attendees want plan for Vicksburg Square and more town-state collaboration
The Harvard Press, Posted: February 12, 2015
By: John Osborn
MassDevelopment’s proposals for new senior residential housing in Shirley and for setting aside more land for commercial development got the greatest attention from attendees at a special hearing Tuesday night in the town library. But Vicksburg Square and dissatisfaction with MassDevelopment’s outreach were also on their minds.
Attendance was sparse, with a baker’s dozen of town board members plus one Harvard and one Devens resident attending. The two-hour meeting was moderated by Chairman Stu Sklar of the selectmen and Planning Board Chairwoman Kara Minar.
Ed Starzec, MassDevelopment’s real estate manager, laid out the rationale for four zoning changes the agency wants to make within the Devens Regional Enterprise Zone (DREZ), two-thirds of which lies on land that was historically part of Harvard. But it was the first and last of these that drew the most questions, and some attendees wanted to shift the focus to Vicksburg Square and voice their dissatisfaction with MassDevelopment’s outreach to the towns that abut Devens.