Things may look quiet in our Town Center but nothing could be further from the truth! We’re assembling a group of talented and experienced folks who can guide the Town Common to the vision and design that was generated by the Bolton community earlier this year.
In the process of demolishing the buildings last fall, we discovered, reported and removed three more buried tanks but we didn’t perform the remediation of the contaminated soil because the final investigation report from our environmental consultants was pending. Since then we’ve been very focused on fundraising, construction planning, estimating and working with our environmental consultants to complete that final assessment report. We received that report last Friday and are delighted to say there were no surprises! So we are on track with our plan.
What’s next? Working in close coordination, our environmental consultant and Ducharme & Dillis will develop the remediation plan and the final engineered plan of the Common based on the design. We will then submit a Wetlands Notice of Intent to the Bolton Conservation Commission based on the combined design and remediation plan. In parallel we’re coordinating the construction contracting which will require a contractor who has a Massachusetts license to perform remediation. We expect that major civil construction will start in September.
We’ve divided the construction into two basic phases:
· Phase 1 - Civil site development, which includes excavation & disposal of contaminants, depositing and grading clean fill, installing the overflow culverts above the stream, installing the substrate for the access and parking, installing substrate for the ADA compliant pathways, and placing conduit for the electrical and WiFi systems. All of this will take place on the relatively level area south of the current tree line. As funding permits, work will proceed on the sloped area currently north of the treeline, e.g., the “Overlook” pavilion, fitness station, trail benches, (possibly) the natural playground, and other elements that can be fabricated off-site pending completion of the civil site development.
· Phase 2 - Major element installation on the filled, graded and loamed area of the Common, e.g., the Rob Held Amphitheater, Seniors Pavilion, trellis & flagpole, and benches.
Our primary objective in 2015 is to complete the civil components of Phase 1 and continue as permitted by the funds raised. Of course, raising those fund also remains a big part of our focus. More updates on that initiative soon.