Little League Parade to March Through Downtown Saturday Morning

little league hamilton wenhamGet ready – youth baseball players will be marching through the downtown this weekend as part of the Hamilton-Wenham Little League season-opening parade.

It is planned for Saturday morning, April 29 at 9 a.m. and drivers in the area should expect short road closures and minor delays.

The parade will start at Buker Elementary School in Wenham and head up Perkins Street to Route 1A (Main Street in Wenham) and head north into Hamilton.

In the center of Hamilton the parade will turn left from Bay Road (Route 1A) onto Railroad Avenue, then left on to Union Street and end at Cheeseman Field at Pingree Park, across the street from Hamilton-Wenham Public Library.

Hamilton police have assigned additional officers to assist with traffic, according to Hamilton Police Lt. Scott Janes, but residents should anticipate detours and minor traffic delays.

Wenham police will lead the parade and this year’s route is the same as it has been for many years. Wenham police have a map from past years that shows the route.

The Little League parade is a great community tradition and family members are encouraged to line the streets of Hamilton-Wenham and cheer on the players, according to Hamilton-Wenham Little League.

Patton Park Gazebo Lighting to be Part of Holiday Festivities Thursday Evening

lsThe gazebo in Patton Park will be lit on Thursday night, Dec. 3 as part of a series of holiday-related events in and around downtown Hamilton.

A  community carol sing will also happen on Thursday night as part of the festivities, which also include lighting the People’s United Bank Christmas tree. Children are asked to bring a flashlight or glowsticks for the tree and gazebo lighting.

The carol sing is an annual tradition hosted by the Community House of Hamilton-Wenham that will feature holiday favorites. It is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to all.

It starts with local residents Brian Doser, Peter Stewart and Joe Scuderi leading everyone singing carols. Booklets of carols will be provided. After singing, cocoa and cookies will be served before the gazebo at Patton Park and the downtown Christmas Tree are both lit.

At the same time, many of the business in the downtown are hosting their opening night stroll as part of the weekend-long Christmas in the Villages celebration. The businesses plan to serve food and drink, have caroling, special sales and prizes.

Zoning Change Before Town Meeting Proposes Mixed Use in the Village

Here is an explanation of Article 3-1 on the Hamilton Town Meeting warrant for Nov. 7 from Town Manager Michael Lombardo, which comes after the exact article language.

ARTICLE 2015/11 3-1 – Mixed Use Zoning By-law Amendment.   

To see if the Town will amend Zoning By-law Section V. Use Regulations, B. Permitted Uses 1. by adding to the current language (at the end of the current text) with the language set forth in Appendix D, or take any action thereon of relative thereto.

This article proposes to amend the town bylaws to allow mixed use.  Many second floor spaces in commercial buildings predominantly on Railroad Avenue and Willow Street are vacant and/or underutilized. Mixed-Use Zoning will enable property owners to renovate and utilize the space largely as apartments.

Vision for Downtown Hamilton to be Outlined in Public Presentation

A vision for Hamilton village – the downtown commercial district – will be outlined during a public presentation scheduled for early October.

The downtown Hamilton commercial district.
The downtown Hamilton commercial district.

The presentation – which will not be a formal public hearing, as had been publicized in some spots – is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 1 from 7-9 p.m. at Hamilton-Wenham Public Library.

The Hamilton-Wenham League of Women Voters has organized the presentation, which will be put on by members of the Hamilton Development Corp. and include information about the vision for the future of the Hamilton and Wenham village area around the commuter rail station.

There will also be information presented about a proposed bylaw change that will go before voters at Hamilton’s Special Town Meeting on Nov. 7 that would allow for mixed uses in the business district.

The plans for the future of the downtown area build on various studies and planning initiatives that involved residents, business owners and relevant town boards from both Hamilton and Wenham. Attendees at the Oct. 1 presentation will learn about opportunities for enhancing the village area including the recently crafted Design Guidelines and the proposed bylaw change.

Hamilton Village Gets Close Look Monday From Real Estate Pros

The Urban Land Institute is spending all day Monday, June 22, in Hamilton undertaking an analysis of the potential financial impacts of several different development scenarios.

The nonprofit research and education organization will look at three possible scenarios – what might occur in the downtown with no changes under current zoning; the economic consequences if mixed use commercial and residential uses were allowed and the costs-benefits if mixed uses and a consolidated sewer system were built to serve the downtown commercial district.

Railroad Avenue, Hamilton

The results of the group’s work will be presented on Monday night, June 22, at Hamilton-Wenham Library starting at 7:30 p.m. where it will present an analysis of the financial and economic impacts of three potential growth scenarios within the Hamilton-Wenham Commercial District, which will include initial findings and recommendations.

Monday night’s event is open to the public and residents of Hamilton and Wenham are encouraged to attend. The findings, along with public feedback, will be used to help guide the future of Hamilton and Wenham’s commercial district.

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) work is being coordinated by the Hamilton Development Corporation (HDC), which hired the organization, and Monday night’s meeting is being hosted by the Hamilton Board of Selectmen. ULI generally work toward the responsible use of land and helps create and sustain thriving communities worldwide. It has undertaken similar projects in other Massachusetts communities, including Acton, Barnstable, Dedham and Marlborough, among others.

Specifically, the work is known as a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP), which consists of a group of six to 12 ULI member real estate professionals who will bring their expertise into Hamilton through a one-day, low cost consultation service. Panel member expertise includes developers and owners, investors, designers, engineers, architects, and executives from some of Boston’s largest banks and commercial real estate firms.

Monday’s project will include meeting with Hamilton merchants, building owners, local officials, real estate professionals and land use officials to help understand local needs and concerns, analyze land use zoning and economic issues.

Since 1840 when the “Wenham and Hamilton Depot” train station was built, the types of businesses and commerce that occupied the Depot Square area have changed and grown. The latest project is designed to take a look at what kind of growth might occur, the tax revenue it could generate, and the potential costs and benefits under each of the three options.