Small business growth among Select Board goals

Jun 22, 2022

MARION — Identifying ways to bring more small businesses to town is one of the goals the Select Board has set for the next fiscal year.

As part of that goal, the board will look at potential uses for the Lockheed Martin parcel at 7 Barnabas Road. 

Lockheed Martin is scheduled to close its Marion operations by the end of the year. The property officially went up for sale this week, Town Manager Jay McGrail said at the June 21 Select Board meeting.

Potential use of the site for village-style community housing featuring apartments, cottages, townhouses and assisted living has been received favorably by both the Select Board and Planning Board. 

But this concept is strictly a possibility, and was presented to inform potential buyers of what the town might support.

Finding potential business for the former Christy’s parcel on 413 Wareham Road, Route 6, is another goal. The site has been vacant for years and fallen into disrepair. 

Another goal involves providing an inventory of open parcels in town that are zoned for business. 

Other goals on the lengthy list included completing a village parking study with Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District; documenting and rolling out Town House renovations; developing and instituting fire hydrant replacement; and continuing to pursue the remaining $1.25 million funding needed for the lagoon project; and pursuing financial support from Tabor Academy beyond the three years the school has already committed to the town.