Selectmen OK RFP for Revere Heritage restaurant

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The Revere Heritage Site will utilize both the historic rolling mill (left) and barn (right).

The Canton Board of Selectmen on Tuesday night approved a Request for Proposals (RFP) prepared by the Paul Revere Heritage Commission to seek out a private company with an interest in siting a restaurant at one of the historic buildings on the Revere Street site.

Former Selectman Victor Del Vecchio and a member of the Heritage Commission said if all goes well, a restaurant could open by next September. Several restaurant groups have already informally inquired about the site.

The restaurant will be located in either the former copper rolling mill or in the adjacent refurbished barn. A museum/cultural center will serve as the backdrop of a year-round program that will attract visitors to the site. The museum will celebrate the life and legacy of Paul Revere as one of the town’s industrial pioneers.

Those interested in applying must submit an RFP package to the Finance Director’s office by 11 a.m. on December 22. Del Vecchio hopes to give recommendations to selectmen in late January. The town is offering a 10-year lease to a restaurant with options for two additional five-year periods for a potential contract term of 20 years.

The Paul Revere Heritage Site represents the public portion of a broader redevelopment effort on the former Plymouth Rubber property — originally the home of Paul Revere’s copper mill. The private development will include 272 residential units (both for-sale condos and age-restricted apartments) as well as a small commercial component. There will also be a nine-acre public park with a riverwalk that follows a diversion channel flowing through the site. Some of the trees and shrubbery have been planted and selectmen also signed a letter expressing support to the Canton Community Preservation Committee for funding of an electrical conduit to allow for future lighting needs. The park could be completed at some point in 2018.

In other news Tuesday night, selectmen and resident Ronan Drory of 110 Pleasant Street appeared to be close to reaching a settlement concerning the use of property abutting Reservoir Pond. Both sides have made compromises and the final issue involves tree plantings and fences on a town sewer easement. By meeting’s end, Drory appeared to be leaning toward moving the trees further onto his property. The property dispute has taken over a year to settle, with Drory claiming miscommunications between him and town boards. Selectman Kevin Feeney expressed his frustration with Drory and urged him to settle quickly and not to propose new trees and fences along the easement.

“We allowed the stone wall,” he said. “You shouldn’t push your luck.” Two selectmen will visit the site within the next two weeks and a final decision or recommendation will be rendered by selectmen to the Conservation Commission at the board’s next meeting …

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