Friday, June 25, 1999
Lincoln votes down Minuteman plan
Minuteman Technical High School Regional School Committee member Sally Bobbit of Lincoln reported on their Town Meeting earlier this year where the school's proposed senior assisted-living complex was voted down. The project was originally proposed as a $30 million extended-stay hotel and senior assisted-living complex, along with the creation of an advanced technology center. Much of the initial opposition was due to the size of the project, which some felt was too ambitious, so the project had been divided into two phases. Phase one included the 115-unit assisted-living facility only and that is what was rejected by the Lincoln voters.
Bobbit explained that the project was Article number 48 of 49 on the Warrant. She had tried to move it up, but was refused by the moderator. After a long, contentious meeting, the only town board to vote in favor of the project was the council on aging. Bobbit said she felt that both Claremont Companies and Marriott are committed to the educational aspect of the project and she hoped they wouldn't go away.
Steve Bodi of the Claremont Companies emphasized that Marriott has not made any decisions either way. "It's not unusual for projects not to get passed the first time at Town Meeting," he explained. The contract gave the school committee a lot of power and Lincoln voters complained that if they voted for the project, they would have no control over the size, shape, and look of the building. He encouraged Marriott to have direct dialogue with the town of Lincoln.
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