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Marijuana grower appeals Charlton site plan denial

Zachary Comeau |

The proposed operator of a 1-million-square-foot cannabis cultivation facility is suing the Charlton Planning Board after it denied the company's site plan earlier this month.

Construction on Worcester Courthouse apartment complex to start March 1

Grant Welker |

Historic tax credits for the revitalization of the Worcester County Courthouse is putting the project closer to construction beginning in earnest.

20 Marlborough companies moved or expanded in 2018

Marlborough saw 20 companies either move into the city or expand last year, adding upwards of 350 jobs, according to the Marlborough Economic Development Corp.'s annual report.

Year ends with Central Mass. home sales down, prices up to $275K

Grant Welker |

Central Massachusetts ended 2018 with single-family home sales falling for the year and prices rising on a tight inventory.

Market Basket to anchor Maynard development

Grant Welker |

A Market Basket grocery store will anchor the Maynard Crossing mixed-use development just south of the town center, giving the chain its latest location in Central Massachusetts.

Ameresco buys Acton solar firm

Renewable energy company Ameresco has bought an Acton solar firm, Maximum Solar, to expand its operations to owners of commercial-scale solar projects.

Tax breaks are a short-term win

It's easy to vilify businesses for taking tax breaks from local governments, even if they are bringing in jobs and investment

Use zoning to your development's advantage


Local zoning ordinances and bylaws are essential to comprehensive municipal planning and are intended to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the public. Yet, they are often times far...

Hits & Misses: For local governments, the potential upside of tax breaks outweighs the risk

Grant Welker |

A hit-or-miss nature has been an unavoidable part of communities' use of business tax breaks over the last two decades, a WBJ review shows.

Paying for growth: Tax breaks central to Central Mass. economic development

Grant Welker |

Communities have often used tax deals to help companies in what officials say is the most important tool they can use in economic development.

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