The state has sold 55 acres of the property to the town forpublic use. But the town wants to see a mix of residential, officeand retail use on the remaining 95 acres and according to thelegislation authorizing the sale of this property, the state mustconform to the town's re-use plan.

Marc Resnick, Foxborough town planner, tells thatthe plan for the site involves 203 residential units with 20% ofthose designated as affordable housing. A four- to five-acre parcelon the property will be used for office space while three acreswill be used for retail space. Because of sewer restrictions,Resnick notes that office space will be limited to 50,000 sf.

Resnick points out that efforts to redevelop this site began asearly as the 1970s but this latest reuse plan was passed in 1994.Legislation authorizing the sale of the land passed in 1996 and theintervening years were spent cleaning up the site and preparing itfor development. With this latest approval, the state can put out arequest for proposals from developers.

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