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Framingham Town Meeting to discuss $1m Lexington St. garage demolition tonight

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  October 17, 2012 02:45 PM

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After kicking off Tuesday, Framingham's Fall Special Town Meeting tonight will discuss appropriating nearly $1 million to demolish and rebuild a failing public parking garage downtown.

Framingham Town Manager Bob Halpin said tonight's meeting will address the deteriorating parking garage next to the Framingham Public Library on Lexington Street.

Halpin said the 33-year-old garage has been disintegrating, noting that the second and third floors have been blocked off for safety reasons.

The article calls for the town to appropriate about $935,000 to demolish and restructure the garage.

Town Meeting is also slated to discuss an article that would involve the town in any foreclosures of homes in Framingham, Halpin said, calling for foreclosures to be reported to the town within 30 days, and allowing the town to put a lean on foreclosed properties.

The measure comes after some residents have complained that certain foreclosed properties have not been properly maintained, which negatively impact the neighborhood, Halpin said.

Also up for debate are citizens' petitions to create youth afterschool programs, and to retroactively bill Eastleigh Farm for their water usage.

Tuesday night's meeting was dedicated to "financial housekeeping" and approving collective bargaining agreements, as well as honoring former Town Meeting moderator Ed Noonan, who died unexpectedly this summer.

The 20-article warrant for Town Meeting can be found on the Town of Framingham's official website.

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