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Cross Point Associates Sends Open Letter to Hopkinton Community regarding Downtown Parking

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The owner of the former Colella's property, Waltham based "Crosspoint Associates" Managing President John Hueber recently sent an open letter regarding parking in the downtown area. The letter stated that Crosspoint Associates would like to share their parking spaces while parking options downtown are "limited". "We want to encourage you to frequent your downtown and enjoy all that the local businesses and restaurants have to offer. Therefore we would like to share our parking lot with the community for use while enjoying the downtown when parking options are limited."

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Video: Board of Selectmen take "No Action" on CVS at July Meeting

At the July 14th meeting Hopkinton Selectmen agreed to take no action on CVS. Some Residents asked Selectmen to file an appeal to block a CVS pharmacy from opening at the former Colella's Supermarket on Main Street. The Board of Selectmen agreed that at the current time they do not have enough information or grounds to take an action on the matter. Chair Ben Palleiko stated that the No CVS group should file the appeal and the Selectmen can jump in if they determine they have a case; "I don't think there is a strong enough feeling we have a case to make."

Raymond Miyares in attendance at the Meeting on behalf of Town Counsel emphasized it would be very difficult to prove that CVS is not an allowable retail facility for the former Colella's; "it's pretty difficult to make the case this is not a retail store...I would hate to be the one that has to stand up in-front of a judge and say this is not a retail store." Miyares also stated that if anyone wants to appeal the building inspector's decision to grant Crosspoint Associates an interior construction permit, July 25th would be the deadline.

Further discussion is expected at the August Board of Selectmen meeting. Check out highlights of the discussion in the video below.

To view the memo sent out by town counsel prior to the July 14th Selectmen meeting click here.

New Restaurant Coming to Town

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The Planning board approved a new shopping plaza at the corner of West Main and Lumber streets. Developer Paul Mastroianni told the Metrowest Daily News construction on the plaza could begin as soon as this summer and they are awaiting approval from the DPW to connect to into the town's sewer system.

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Video: "Yogurt Beach" Welcomed to Hopkinton

Town officials, local business leaders and government officials along with the chamber of commerce gathered at "Yogurt Beach" on 34 Main Street to welcome the frozen yogurt shop to downtown Hopkinton. After a ribbon cutting ceremony, Chamber of Commerce President Scott Richardson presented owner Chris Cooney with a certificate of recognition on behalf of the chamber, State Representative Carolyn Dykema was in attendance to offer Chris a citation on behalf of the state.

John Coutinho represented the Selectmen to welcome Yogurt Beach and emphasized "Yogurt Beach" is positive for downtown: "this is part of that whole visioning we have been working on the last year, part of the downtown revitalization."

Chair of the Planning Board Ken Weismantel spoke about how new business coming to town such as Yogurt Beach helped erode the conversation of increasing downtown parking capabilities; "I am using this as an opportunity to suggest to our selectmen that it's time to get some off-street parking so that business's can come here, we don't want to be limited by the amount of seats."

Owner of "Yogurt Beach" and Hopkinton native Chris Cooney mentioned his family moved to Memphis for 2 years but they are glad to be back; "we went for 2 years, and I will say you don't realize what you have until you leave it... we love Hopkinton, we love the school system, we love the people, it's very unique here." Cooney also praised Town Manager Norman Khumalo as well as town boards for the extensive help they provided in the process of opening his business; "it wasn't simple, but it was smooth, we ran into hurdles, they helped us get over hurdles...they gave us a lot of suggestions on how to get through it rather than saying hey it's your's."

In the first video you can see the highlights of the Chamber of Commerce welcoming ceremony for "Yogurt Beach"

In the second video you can see an HCAM News interview with owner of "Yogurt Beach" Chris Cooney.

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Video: HCAM News 6-26-2015

On this edition of HCAM News, Jon and his son Jonathan Hueber of Crosspoint Associates sat down with HCAM news to talk about the purchase of the former Colella’s Property and the CVS lease of space in the building, Center School had Patriotic pride, as they celebrated Flag Day, and Lifelong resident and retired firefighter Bill Hamilton presented Hopkinton History and Ice Cream at the Senior Center as part of the 300th Anniversary, but first CVS Pharmacy coming to the former Colella’s plaza was the big topic of discussion at the most recent Board of Selectmen Meeting.

Celebrate Downtown Hopkinton

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Positive Things Are Happening in Downtown Hopkinton! Join with a number of business and community leaders to

Celebrate Downtown Hopkinton
With Hopkinton's Newest Business
Thursday, July 9th
5:30 pm

Please pre-register at: http://hopchamber.eventbrite.com

Join us at Yogurt Beach located at 34 Main St to give them a big Hopkinton welcome.

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Video: Crosspoint Associates Addresses CVS Concerns

Following the Selectmen meeting Managing Principal John Hueber and his son Jonathan Hueber who serves as Director of Acquisitions and Leasing for Crosspoint associates, joined me in the studio to address CVS related concerns.

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Video: CVS discussed at Board of Selectmen Meeting

Dozens took to the streets prior to the Board of Selectmen meeting to protest against a CVS Pharmacy that leased space from owner of the former Colella's plaza Waltham Based "Crosspoint Associates". A protestor told HCAM News: "It's a small town and a small community and we don't want a CVS here, we want Hopkinton Drug and that's it."

At the meeting residents got the chance to discuss the CVS with Selectmen. One resident criticized the Selectmen for not being more proactive in stopping CVS, Chair Ben Palleiko responded stating that it was a private transaction and the Selectmen have no control over it "we can't inject ourselves unless they need something from us, which in this case they didn't."

Selectmen Brian Herr felt the CVS lease was very sneaky and did not agree with the way it was done. "In my 14 years on the planning board, zoning advisory committee, Board of Selectmen.... I have never seen a business come to town and try to ram something down our throats as this current situation is playing out." Herr also stated that he would like to explore the town purchasing the land. Later in the meeting Chair Ben Palleiko had to ask Herr to calm down as he got more fired up about the discussion.

Town Counsel Ray Miyares was also in attendance to discuss the legality of the CVS and stated that the property owner Crosspoint Associates would have to go through the town if any location changes in the building of the liquor store or CVS were made. If the liquor license of the current liquor store changes hands it would also have to go through the town.

A few residents argued that CVS is more of a health institution than a retail store, therefore it would be a zoning violation for a CVS to open in the 61 main street plaza. One resident stated that there is a 2012 bylaw excluding health services. In response, Town Manager Norman Khumalo read a quote from land use Planning and Permitting Director Elaine Lazarus that stated health care facilities are not allowed in the downtown business district. "A health services facility is not allowed by right nor by special permit in the downtown business district."

An emotional Dennis Katz, Owner of Hopkinton Drug was on hand to thank Hopkinton Drug supporters. "This is an opportunity for us to thank the community for coming up and being supportive of us, it's very humbling, I never dreamed of this, ever. You've definitely made a change in my life, I thank you so very much, we are not going anywhere, we are going to try very hard, we're one store, we're not 9,000, it's going to be a heck of a challenge but we're going to stand up and take that challenge as best we know how."

After the public discussion the Board of Selectmen chair Ben Palleiko made it clear that no decision would be reached during the night and a lot more discussion is still to come, but the conversation helped determine what needs to be disscuessed in future meetings. The next Board of Selectmen meeting can be seen live on HCAM Tuesday July 14th at 6:45pm.

To see highlights of the CVS protest and discussion, watch the video below.

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Video: Hopkinton Drug Owner Gave Emotional Speech at Selectmen Meeting

Owner of Hopkinton Drug, Dennis Katz thanked supporters at the Board of Selectmen Meeting after many spoke out against CVS pharmacy leasing space in the former Colella's building. Katz claimed that Hopkinton Drug will fight to stay open. Watch the brief speech in the video below. More will be posted soon from the packed Board of Selectmen Meeting.

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Video: HCAM News 6-12-2015

On this edition of HCAM News, Hopkinton police received training on working with the autistic community, NBC Channel 7 Investigative reporter and book writer Hank Phillippi Ryan gave a presentation at the Hopkinton Library, Head Coach of the Hillers softball team Dennis Baker J.r. talks playoffs and the Girl Scouts of Troop #65040 talk about the African Water crisis but first after a fire at Carbone’s last month forced the restaurant to close to renovate and repair, about 4 weeks later the restaurant reopened for business.

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