Eastham spends $2.8 million on Town Center Plaza
Called Town Center Plaza by the LaPiana family, who have owned it since 1951, the 3.54-acre property promises to be part of a larger development that will include the nearby 11-acre T-Time parcel.
Voters approved the $3.08 million expense for the purchase during the 2021 town hall. The final sale price reflects an unanticipated cost to the city for upgrading the septic system at the location . The city plans to launch a bid for an innovative alternative septic system within two weeks, according to City Manager Jacqueline Beebe. The system has been approved by the Board of Health.
Architecture and design of the Union studio has been engaged to come up with design plans for the plot by the end of December.
In a study on community resilience sponsored by the Cape Cod Commission in 2020, Union Studio used Town Center Plaza as a model to design a prototype mixed-use village center with residential development.
Beebe said Union Studio will take into consideration all the work the T-Time committee has done to collect data from residents at three properties in the city. Over the past two years, the committee has obtained responses to a survey of 2,400 residents, held focus groups and town hall meetings to get suggestions on how to use T-Time, Town Center Plaza and the property of the Council on Aging.
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The Council on Aging has entered into a contract with the University of Massachusetts Institute of Gerontology, Boston to create a strategic plan. The plan will include the types of services the COA should offer and the space it needs to offer those services, Beebe said.
“We would like to bring this area together with a cohesive plan,” said Arthur Autorino, Chairman of the Board of Select. “We think residential, commercial and a combination of different things for the place.”
He and Beebe both said the six tenants currently in Town Center Plaza would stay there.
John Ciluzzi, president of Premier Commercial, which marketed and sold the property, praised the city for buying what he called a strategic asset.
“They will be able to decide the future of this village,” he said. “In this market, there is a long list of regional and national developers who were interested in the site.”
Union Studio plans to hold public meetings regarding the planning process. The meetings will be posted on the city’s website.
“I think it’s going to be awesome,” Autorino said. “We really need what I would call a downtown. I hope this will help.
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