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FRAMINGHAM – In November, voters approved the Community Preservation Act.

The vote allowed the City of Framingham to charges 1% property tax surcharge which would be used for open space preservation, creation of community housing, preservation of historic buildings and landscapes, and creation of recreation opportunities.

The City formed a 9-member Community Preservation Committee and that committee is now evaluating 11 projects for funding.

Presentations on each of the 11 projects will be conducted at the Committee’s regular meetings, beginning at approximately 7:15 pm. in the Blumer Room at the Memorial Building and on Zoom.

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Below is tentative schedule of the project presentations.

Feb. 6, 2023        

  • Arlington Street Park Construction
  • Chris Walsh Memorial Trail Design
  • Temple Street Park Improvements

Feb. 13, 2023        

  • Edgell Grove Cemetery Tomb House Emergency Roof Repair
  • FHC – The Academy – Preservation and Accessibility
  • FHC – The Edgell Memorial Library – Preservation and Restoration

Feb. 21, 2023        

  • Purchase Land at 103 Guild Rd
  • Purchase Conservation Restriction at 43-45 Nixon Rd
  • Design Study for New Community Garden Sites in Framingham

Feb. 27, 2023        

  • Universally Accessible Walking Trail with Scenic Viewing Platforms on the Carol Getchell Nature Trail

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Once the Committee has heard all the projects, then they will deliberate, at a future meeting, to determine which projects will be supported for funding and make final recommendations to the City Council no later then April 1, 2023.

There are nine members on the Committee, but one resigned this week.

The Council can only vote on funding projects recommended.

Comments and questions can be sent to

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By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.