Northborough’s Town Common project is shovel ready as construction nears

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By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter

(l to r) Karen Ares, Diane Smith, Carolyn Harrington, Maria O’Neill, Carolyn Guarino, Maribeth Grandpre, Amy Poretsky and Terry Giannetto(Missing is Michelle Gillespie)Photo/Melanie Petrucci

Northborough – Members of the Northborough Town Common Committee gathered recently to celebrate with a mock ground breaking to mark construction that was slated to begin in late May.

“We are just so excited that this is finally happening,” noted Terry Giannetto. “It’s been a long time coming and a lot of work.”

“We’ve been working on this project for four years and we are happy to see it come to fruition,” added Amy Poretsky.

While construction probably won’t be finished in time for September’s Applefest, the committee is hopeful that it will be ready for Veterans Day.

“We couldn’t have done it without one another. We formed an incredible team with unbelievable minds, effort and passion to make this project happen,” Maribeth Grandpre said.

“I just think, and I’ve been here forever, I think to have a little open space is marvelous for this little town,” noted Maria O’Neill.

“It’s going to really start the revitalization of downtown,” Karen Ares said.

Giannetto also shared that the committee has sold about 130 bricks to people interested in supporting elements of the common not covered by the project’s budget. They have raised almost $10,000 so far to go towards things such as a bench or a pergola.

Any remaining funds could potentially be used as seed money as the committee transitions into a “Friends of the Northborough Town Common,” which is what Giannetto foresees happening in the future. Their purpose would then be to sponsor programs and events to benefit the community – using the Town Common as the backdrop.

For more information and to buy a brick, visit the committee on Facebook.