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You Ask, Patch Answers: What is the Latest on Sharon Commons?

Sharon Patch checks in with local officials on the longstanding project.

As part of our ongoing You Ask . . . Patch Answers series, this week we checked in with local officials for any updates regarding the Sharon Commons project.

The permitting for Sharon Commons was voted by the Sharon Zoning Board of Appeals on Jan. 9, according to Town Administrator Ben Purtiz, and there will be a subsequent filing with the Town Clerk.

The town is collaborating with the developers of the project, which include Congress Group for the commercial portion and B'nai B'rith Housing for the residential portion. 

Officials will be looking at financial assistance programs made available from the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency (MDFA), Puritz said.

"We've been in contact with them as recently as a teleconference with town staff and principals for the developer, both the residential and commercial side, for state participation for the financing," he said. "The project is at that kind of threshold point right now."

You Ask … Patch Answers is a column for locals looking for solutions to community problems, issues and those "only in Sharon" situations that you want solved. If you've got a question about something in Sharon, send it to sharonpatch@patch.com, and our team will dig up an answer.

So, ask away Sharon, and check back weekly for You Ask … Patch Answers.

Jon April 10, 2013 at 05:53 PM
I have lived in Sharon for almost a year and I have tried to follow these Sharon Commons updates closely since I am living less than a mile from the location. Personally, I absolutely do not want the Sharon Commons built. I don’t understand why so many people are supporting it. Surely the rest of my neighborhood does not want increased pollution, cars, traffic etc. and a decrease in peace and safety. Sharon is somewhat of an exclusive community and that’s part of what makes it a valuable and attractive place to live. Wouldn’t raising the supply of accessible housing bring overall prices in the area down? We are all paying mortgages as if Sharon is a high demand-low supply area. Please excuse my ignorance if I am missing some benefits of the residential construction. As for the retail projects, there has never been a shopping center that has been the end all - be all of society. It’s interesting that someone was able to convince people of this. Developments are not in the business to make a difference. They since want to make money and that is their first priority. In addition, everything you could possibly need is nearby in the neighboring towns of Walpole, Norwood and let’s not forget Patriot Place (5-7 minutes away) or Dedham (25 minutes). It is a luxury to have an a gem like Sharon untouched and be able to access these close by retail areas. Are there any organized groups that are against the construction that I can join up with?

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