The Boxford Select Board is developing a plan for the future uses of the former COA building at 4 Middleton Rd and the former West Library at 188 Washington St.
In 2022, the Board established the Adaptive Reuse of Buildings Advisory (ARBA) Committee in 2022 to consider a comprehensive analysis of potential reuses for the town-owned buildings at 4 Middleton Rd and 188 Washington Street. The analysis will include future uses by the municipality as well as the potential benefits of disposing of either of these properties. The Committee will provide a comprehensive recommendation to the Select Board for its consideration.
The Town of Boxford was awarded a $25,000 FY23 Community One Stop for Growth grant through the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency for real estate technical assistance to support the ARBA Committee in their analysis. The ARBA Committee has been meeting with the technical assistance consultant team.
In addition to holding public meetings, the ARBA Committee and StudioLuz hosted two public workshops in May. The workshops were an opportunity for community input in developing a new vision for the 2 properties. In addition, residents had an opportunity to fill out an online survey. The goal is to develop consensus of future uses for 4 Middleton Rd and 188 Washington Street. The results of this community engagement are in a report on this page.
As part of this effort, a Market Analysis was also conducted by RKG Associates. The report is also available on this webpage.
Final Report & Presentation
Based on the results of the community engagement, the market analysis, and site visits and interviews, StudioLuz presented a final report with recommended uses for 188 Washington and 4 Middleton Rd on Wednesday September 13 with next step recommendations. The ARBA Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, October 3rd to discuss next steps.