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St. Mark's to Partner with Town on Public Plaza, Street Improvements
St. Mark's to Partner with Town on Public Plaza, Street Improvements

As part of a Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Shared Streets and Spaces Program grant award to the the Town of Southborough, St. Mark's School and the Town have reached an agreement to create a new plaza and gathering area on land currently owned by St. Mark's.

The Town received $290,000 to support the implementation of the project, which includes the construction of new sidewalks on Marlboro Road (Route 85) and St. Mark's Street, and a new plaza/gathering area adjacent to the Public Library. Future plans include paths around the "Old Burial Ground" to create a "Southborough History Walk" and educational gathering area for Town residents.

The plaza and gathering area will be built on land adjacent to Marlboro Road (Route 85) across from the main entrance to St. Mark's and near the School's athletic fields. As part of this project, the Town will reconfigure the access between St. Mark's Street and Marlboro Road, creating a new section of road which will allow for a safer turning radius onto St. Mark's Street, especially for larger life-safety vehicles. A parking area slightly to the north of the planned plaza will also be constructed.

"St. Mark's is pleased to partner with the Town of Southborough on this important project," said Head of School John C. Warren '74. "These improvements will significantly benefit both the Town and the School."

The Town will begin work on October 21 or 22, with the tree removal scheduled as part of initial preparations. The Town will plant new trees of a variety of species to replace the trees removed. The majority of the work is scheduled to be completed by December 31 of this year.

For more information, please see page 87 of this document on the Town's website:

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