Wakefield is full of vibrant development, from a focus on our downtown to new opportunities for housing. Here are just a few of the Town’s current projects:
- We enlisted Favermann Design to create branding concepts for Wakefield's outdoor kiosk and sign installments.
- The Town of Wakefield recently received a $50,000 earmark from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to help create a community garden near Lake Quannapowitt. The proposed garden would be managed by Wakefield’s Recreation Department and the earmark must be used by June 30, 2020 or Wakefield would forfeit the funds. Forums were held in December 2019 and February 2020 to review proposed garden locations, regulations, and the application process. The community garden concept is already blooming in many of our Wakefield Public Schools. Students at the Greenwood School, for example, learn science concepts while growing vegetables that are ultimately donated to the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry. The Galvin Middle School brings the harvest inside with tower gardens. The concept was proposed to the Town Council on February 24, 2020.
- In 2016, FinePoint Associates conducted a market assessment and business-district composition for downtown Wakefield.
- Envision Wakefield allows residents, merchants, and visitors to look to the future of our great community. Thus far, the Envision Wakefield Downtown Revitalization and Envision Wakefield Resilient initiatives have launched.
- A 345-kilovolt (kV) underground transmission line will connect Eversource’s Woburn Substation in Woburn and National Grid’s Wakefield Junction Substation in Wakefield.
- UPDATE: On February 4, 2020, the MBTA informed the Town that, "Our team has thoroughly studied your proposals and we regret to inform you that, as of this time, we are unable to proceed with them...We assure you that we are looking into your other proposals in a more holistic and comprehensive manner through our various programs including Service Planning process and Bus Network Redesign. In addition, since the announcement of this pilot program the MBTA had the opportunity to place an order for 60 additional buses. We are now analyzing the most efficient way to utilize these new resources."
- The MBTA recently provided local communities with the opportunity to propose new service pilots for the bus and commuter rail. The MBTA specifies that the proposals are to require “little or no capital investment” and feature one or more of the following: More frequent service, extended hours of operation, or new service routes. This proposal will be sent to the MBTA for consideration. Proposals that meet minimum projections for costs and benefits will be presented to the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board for consideration. We greatly appreciate all who took the time to provide their suggestions. We will keep you updated on feedback received from the MBTA.
- DB5 Development Group, LLC filed an application to construct an apartment development on property previously owned a by the United States government.