LEICESTER, Mass. — Leicester residents will gather at Town Hall at 7 p.m. Tuesday for Special Town Meeting, with voters to decide whether to support the rezoning of parcels on Pleasant Street to make room for new business as well as whether to authorize selectmen to move forward on acquiring the old Exxon station property in an effort to clean up the site.
Article 1 of the town meeting warrant will see whether voters will support changing Leicester's zoning bylaws and the Zoning Map by changing Pleasant Street parcels 11C, 12C, 13C and 14C from Residential 2 classification to Central Business.
A Leicester Daily Voice poll in July had residents split on the rezoning, with concerns over a potential CVS Pharmacy project at the center of town weighed against interest in seeing new businesses in Leicester.
Additionally, Article 10 of the Town Meeting Warrant will determine whether the town will authorize the Board of Selectmen to purchase, acquire by gift or take under the rights of eminent domain the parcel of land at Route 9 and Route 56, location of the old Exxon Station, "and to raise and appropriate by taxation, borrow or transfer from available funds a sum of money to cover the costs of the acquisition including the costs of appraisals, surveys, soil testing and related fees, or take any action thereon."
In July, selectmen discussed taking control of the parcel through eminent domain and cleaning up the vacant Exxon station, which has become an eyesore. The building is owned by Cumberland Farms.
To download the full Town Meeting warrant, click here.