(BOSTON)- Representative Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough) joined her colleagues Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston), Representative Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury) and Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) in passing a home rule petition to grant the Town of Westborough twenty-two additional liquor licenses which would permit the sale of alcohol to be consumed on the premise.
“With the assistance of my colleagues in the House and Senate, the Town Manager and the Board of Selectmen, we were able to deliver legislation to the community which allows for the flexibility to expand upon economic development and business opportunities so that the Town may continue to thrive,” said Representative Gregoire. “This legislation began as a home rule petition which was passed at town meeting and brought to the delegation’s attention by local officials as an integral component in the further development of Westborough. I am happy that we were able to assist in its success.” “I am pleased to have had the opportunity to once again work with my colleagues, in the House and the Senate, to pass legislation on behalf of the Town of Westborough,” said Representative Hannah E. Kane (R-Shrewsbury). “The legislation authorizes the town to issue up to 22 liquor licenses over the next three years, which will support future economic development and commercial tax revenue growth.”
Westborough’s location, at the intersection of Interstate 495 and Route 9 and with the passage of I-90 through the town, has attracted a growing commercial workforce and an increasing residential population. This scenario has created a demand for additional hotel, dining and retail opportunities. While the location is ripe for development, many businesses are reluctant to locate to a community if they are unable to attain a liquor license. The passage of this legislation will allow the Town to grant these additional licenses to support job creation and local business development within the community.
“I am happy that the work of the Westborough delegation, together with local officials, is coming to fruition,” Representative Dykema said. “We are ensuring that the town has the necessary tools to grow its economy and enrich the attractions available to residents and visitors alike.” “I was pleased to co-sponsor and pass this home rule petition for Westborough, to encourage more restaurants to open in the town through additional liquor licenses,” said State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton). It was great to work with the Westborough legislative delegation and municipal officials, to get this bill signed into law by Governor Baker.”
This legislation, listed as Chapter 293 of the Acts of 2016, would provide these additional liquor licenses in a tiered release between October 14, 2016 and January 1, 2019.