Former Marlborough funeral home could become mixed-use development

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Former Marlborough funeral home could become mixed-use development
A rendering of the proposed project at 57 Main Street. (Photo/City of Marlborough)

MARLBOROUGH – The former John P. Rowe Funeral Home on Main Street could make way for a mixed-use project.

During the City Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 3, attorney Brian Falk, on behalf of JW Capital Partners LLC, filed a site plan review for the development. 

The plans call for a five-story building with 5,047 square feet of ground floor retail/restaurant space along Main Street. The developer is also proposing a total of 99 residential units, including 72 one-bedroom units and 27 two-bedroom units, 25 ground-floor parking spaces and a courtyard adjacent to Union Common. The plans also call for a 20×30 pool.

According to the application, “This project has been designed to comply with the dimensional and design requirements of the Marlborough Village District without special permit relief.”

The site is on the corner of High and Exchange streets, adjacent to Union Common.

The current owner of the Main Street property is identified as Mark C. O’Hagan.

The former John P. Rowe Funeral Home was built in 1845 as a single-family home. It is listed with the Massachusetts Historical Commission’s Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System (MACRIS) as the John E. Curtis/Hollis Loring II House.

The Short Funeral Home, which is located at 95 West Main Street, purchased the John P. Rowe Funeral Home in 2019.

Phillip Short announced the change, noting that the Rowe family had run the funeral home for nearly 100 years.

“They put the needs of the families whom they served first and treated them with dignity and respect in their time of need,” he wrote. “They earned the respect of their peers in the business, and the admiration of those families they served.”

At that time, Short said the John P. Rowe Funeral Home would close and all services would be transferred to the now-Short & Rowe Funeral Home.

The site plan review application has been sent to the council’s Urban Affairs Committee.

Former Marlborough funeral home could become mixed-use development
The former Rowe Funeral Home on Main Street could make way for a mixed-use development. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

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