ORLEANS – A Barnstable Superior Court judge has denied a request for an injunction prohibiting the select board from moving forward with host community agreements with two recreational marijuana businesses. B/Well Holdings, Inc., which operates a retail marijuana business in Provincetown, filed the injunction June 16. In it, the company claims that the select board erred when it chose to move forward with n...
ORLEANS – Outside long-dormant Bayberry Square, grass sprouts up in patches through cracks across the expansive pavement. Meanwhile, the building itself screams vacancy. The storefronts are all abandoned, save for one sign on the building’s far end near Nell’s Way proclaiming “We’ve moved” in florescent green. The unsightly state of the square, better known as the Underground Mall, has left many Orleans reside...
By: Ryan Bray
ORLEANS - Neal Ahern put the question plainly to George Meservey, the town’s director of planning and community development, Aug. 4. How long will it take before the Governor Prence Inn is again put to use? Speaking during a joint meeting of the select board and the affordable housing trust board, Meservey said it would be a minimum of two years before the inn, the purchase of which town meeting voters auth...
ORLEANS – Plans to renovate the community center on Main Street are moving forward. The select board on Aug. 4 voted 4-0 to authorize Town Administrator John Kelly to enter into a contract with ICON Architecture of Boston, which will prepare a final design for the project. In January, the select board charged the community building renovation task force with reviewing past studies on the center, i...
By: Ryan Bray
ORLEANS – Steven Schenfeld doesn't need to look at a clock to know when it's 5 p.m. Four days a week, the Beach Road resident says he can hear, and feel, the noise coming from outdoor music played at the nearby Barley Neck Inn. "This is an invasion of my use of my private property," said Schenfeld, who told the Orleans Select Board last week that he could feel the bass from the music through the walls of hi...
ORLEANS – A plan is in the works to convert the former Masonic Lodge on Main Street into affordable housing, but it would come at a cost to the town. The Housing Assistance Corporation has submitted a plan to the town's affordable trust fund board to build 20 bedrooms across 14 rental units at the site of the lodge at 107 Main St. The town is donating the land to the Hyannis nonprofit, which is also asking it ...
By: Alan Pollock
ORLEANS — It’s easy to understand why – perhaps this summer more than ever – people are strolling the shoreline, hiking in the woods and flocking to the beaches. But neighbors say some of those outdoor enthusiasts are trespassing on private property, clogging side streets with parked cars, and causing environmental damage to pathways and coastal banks. Stephen Brodeur, who lives at the end of Weeset Point, s...
By: Debra Lawless
Pending state approval, The Terraces Orleans will have a new owner in the fall: Commonwealth Senior Living Management based in Plymouth. “We’ve actually been marketing the business for about four years,” said Terraces Director Mary Cote-Doyle whose uncle, Peter Meade, founded the family-run business at 60 Daley Terrace in1969. “We’re very, very particular about who we sell it to.” Out-of-state corporations ...
By: Tim Wood
ORLEANS – There's very little town officials can do to combat the area's high cost of living, especially when it comes to escalating housing prices. But one way the town may be able to help young families struggling to stay in town is by subsidizing preschool costs. After hearing how Eastham recently approved funding to cover the cost of preschool for all 3 and 4 year olds, Orleans School Committee members agr...
ORLEANS — Nauset Marine has bought a location at the Routes 6A and 28 roundabout that had been eyed as part of a solution for people needing transitional housing. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River sold 54 Route 6A, the former St. Joan of Arc thrift shop, to the nearby marina business for $185,001. The latest assessed value of the property is $352,800, which includes a $16,000 figure for the building, ...
ORLEANS — The Centers for Culture and History in Orleans is focused as much on the future as on the past these days. Last week, board chair Jay Stradal shared the organization’s five-year plan for its East Orleans campus bordered by Main Street, River Road, and School Road. “Our vision,” he told the select board July 14, “is to update the CHO buildings (the historic Meetinghouse and Hurd Chapel) to serve as ...
By: Ed Maroney
ORLEANS — The train is ready to leave the station on some big town projects, but the track ahead is lengthy and has some twists. The first stop will be a completed community center feasibility study, where data and ideas will be taken on board to carry to the next destination: a point decision on whether to use the Governor Prence property for housing, a community center, a commercial attraction, or some com...