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


It is expected that a funding request for the Josiah Smith Tavern Complex will come 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.
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, as well. Ownership of the building will remain with the Town and both taxes and rent will be paid by the restaurant operator.

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. 

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Information Meetings


Several public information meetings are scheduled so residents can learn more about the proposal ahead of Annual Town Meeting in May:
  • March 25th at 11:00 a.m. in the Weston Public Library
  • March 27th at 7:00 p.m. in Town Hall (the Community Preservation Committee funding request public hearing)
  • April 8th at 10:00 a.m. in Town Hall
  • April 14th: Council on Aging informational meeting at 10:00 a.m. in 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
Subscribe to receive notification of upcoming meetings: Town News, Town Hall Newsletter, or JST/OL Working Group agendas.
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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.

Stay Informed - follow progress


Agendas & Minutes - of the JST/OL Working Group
Meeting Videos - filmed by Weston Media Center
Receive Agenda & Minute Notifications - of the JST/OL Working Group, Board of Library Trustees, WAIC Advisory Board and 
also Town News and Town Hall Newsletters