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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Soccer mecca hits roadblock

SOUTHBOROUGH/MARLBOROUGH

A plan has been sidelined to build a massive indoor and outdoor soccer facility in Southborough and Marlborough.

The Southborough Zoning Board denied Fore Kicks Inc.’s application for two exemptions from the town’s zoning laws last Thursday, building inspector Peter Johnson said.

The company, which operates a similar complex in Norfolk, needed town approval to build in an area zoned residential and to install 10 90-foot light poles, 70 feet higher than allowed by law.

Fore Kicks has since withdrawn the application it submitted to the Planning Board, which also had to approve the project, which called for the construction of four outdoor regulation-sized soccer fields with artificial turf on 30 acres off Rte. 85 that once served as an equestrian facility.

The Marlborough side of the project off Mill Street would include an indoor soccer facility with 274 parking spaces. The Planning Board in Marlborough has to approve that project.

-- Jennifer Rosinski

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