Former Rowe Funeral Home mixed-use project clears City Council


Former Rowe Funeral Home mixed-use project clears City Council
This is an updated rendering for the mixed-use project proposed for 57 Main St., the former home of the Rowe Funeral Home. (Photo/Courtesy of Procopio Companies)

MARLBOROUGH – The former Rowe Funeral Home at 57 Main St. is one step closer to being torn down and replaced with a mixed-use project.

On June 3, the City Council approved the amended site plan submitted by JW Capital Partners LLC.

According to City Engineer Thomas DiPersio Jr., the next steps will include a building permit application by the developer.

City officials will also conduct preconstruction meetings with the developer; according to DiPersio, there is nothing scheduled yet.

The project – known as Exchange Place – will have a total of 132 bedrooms in 92 units. The units will have all-electric utilities, including heat, air conditioning and hot water.

The units will rent at market rates.

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Parking – the issue that caused the applicant to appeal the City Council’s previous decision regarding the plans – has been modified. Originally slated for 29 on-site spaces, the amended plans will now include a minimum of 80 spaces, along with space for ride-sharing services.

According to the plans, there will be no payment in lieu of for on-site parking, nor will the applicant seek to use the Bolton Street lot for residential parking.

DiPersio recommended that once the project is complete, there should be signage directing traffic away from the intersection at High and Exchange streets. 

Assistant Building Commissioner Bill Paynton asked to see a lighting plan to ensure that the project’s lighting does not spill over and affect the neighbors.

View the plans for Exchange Place via the development projects page at

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