Josiah Smith Tavern & Old Library Reuse
The Josiah Smith Tavern/Old Library Working Group is continuing its oversight of both proposals/proponents and the recommended reuse concepts for the two historic buildings in Weston Town Center. A summary of the vision and rationale behind the Working Group's recommended reuses can be found on the "Recommended Reuse" web page.
Josiah Smith Tavern
A funding request for the Josiah Smith Tavern is coming before the 2017 Annual Town Meeting for design and engineering fees. The Working Group issued the RFP over this past summer and received one proposal from the Friends of the Josiah Smith Tavern for the reuse of the historic building in Weston Town Center.
- Restoration and Reuse FAQ (PDF)
- Proposal for the Adaptive Reuse of the JST - RFP
- Supplemental Statement to Reuse Proposal
- Restaurant Feasibility Study - by the Boston Restaurant Group
- CPA Fund Application for 2017 Annual Town Meeting
- CPC Public Hearing Presentation - March 27th
The proposal by the Friends of the Josiah Smith Tavern provides for a 105-seat, "farm to table" restaurant in the Barn, Connector and original Tap Room, with subsidized rental space for Weston Historical Society, Weston Forest & Trail Association and the Women's Community League of Weston. The second floor ballroom of the Tavern will be available for community and tenant use and landscaping around the buildings will provide a natural garden setting with walking paths and benches. Ownership of the building will remain with the Town and both taxes and rent will be paid by the restaurant operator.
Unanimously approved by the Josiah Smith Tavern/Old Library Working Group, the Community Preservation Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Board of Selectmen, these plans intend to complement the planned reuse of the Old Library as the Weston Art and Innovation Center, as well as provide for a variety of activities to help foster community interaction in the Town Center. The Traffic & Sidewalk Committee also unanimously approves the Josiah Smith Tavern reuse with the understanding that the design funds include additional parking/traffic studies to quantify the impacts of the proposed re-use.
Annual Town Meeting
The funding request of $630,000 is for architectural design and engineering fees. The CPA-fund request includes the funds required to bring the Tavern and Barn to standards compliant with health and safety codes.
Several public information meetings are scheduled so residents can learn more about the proposal ahead of Annual Town Meeting in May:
- March 25th League of Women Voters Coffee (WMC video)
- March 27th CPC public hearing (WMC video)
- April 8th at Town Hall
- April 14th: at the Council on Aging
- April 25th: Informational meeting & Tea at 3:30 p.m. in the Public Library
- May 6th Open House at the JST from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Subscribe to receive notification of upcoming meetings: Town News, Town Hall Newsletter, or JST/OL Working Group agendas.
Old Library/Weston Art & Innovation Center
The 2016 Annual Town Meeting voters overwhelmingly approved the design funds for the Old Library so the Weston Art & Innovation Center (WAIC) can move forward towards the next step.
The RFP for design services was issued over the summer and received several responses, as did the Owner's Project Manager RFP. It is anticipated this project will come before the November 2017 Special Town Meeting for construction funds.
The WAIC Advisory Board is actively planning and hosting several art and community programs. To learn more, visit the WAIC website or subscribe to receive notification of events posted to the Community Events calendar. Interested residents can also subscribe to receive notification of posted meeting agendas and minutes of the WAIC Advisory Board and the Board of Library Trustees to follow progress of this project.