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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Plan for Digital site dealt surprise blow

MAYNARD

An 11th-hour decision has pulled the redevelopment of the former Digital site in Maynard from the table, leaving the future of the town’s largest vacant property unknown.

In an unexpected move late last night, the Planning Board and Board of Selectmen voted to withdraw the 129 Parker Street plan from the warrant for Monday's Special Town Meeting. The move shocked many close to the development, including the applicant, property owner John Wolters.

“This was news to me. We had no idea that this was coming,” said Wolters today.

John Curran, Maynard’s Town Administrator and the chief negotiator for the town, said yesterday that he could not speak specifically about the details of negotiations.

“I think that a lot of people will see this as coming out of left field, but my concern all along has been that this may not be ready in time for Town Meeting,” said Curran. “We’re close but not there yet, and we have to do what’s in the best interest of the town.”

-- Melissa Beecher

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