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    Brian Keaney

    Robin Reyes Fund

    by: JM

    Mon Dec 02, 2013 at 10:26:33 AM EST

    ( - promoted by Brian)

    Now that the town has decided to use the Robin Reyes Fund (RRF), the money raised from the meal & hotel tax, to build all future brick & mortar projects. (Police, Sr. Center, Schools & etc)

    I think the town should have an advertising budget to publicize all the restaurants and hotels in town to drive up the revenue to the RRF.

    I see the Dedham Square Circle now has a commercial advertising Dedham Square businesses, but I think the Town should be doing that for all the businesses that contribute to the RRF.

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    Robin Reyes Fund | 9 comments
    What would the return be? (0.00 / 0)
    This is an interesting idea, but the tax is only .75%.   I don't know if we would actually be making any money on an effort like this.  

    A half page ad in the Dedham Times is $375.  Just to pay for itself, we would need to get 500 additional people to go out and spend $100 on a meal.  I don't think we will get that kind of return on our investment. - a community since 1636 and online since 2007!

    Or (0.00 / 0)
    We could try and get one person to buy a $50,000 meal.

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    Or (0.00 / 0)
    We could get 1/3 of the Bruins to celebrate winning the Stanley Cup here. - a community since 1636 and online since 2007!

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    It's passive income (0.00 / 0)
    The whole point of the fund is that the town DOESN'T spend money to get money.

    Economic development (0.00 / 0)
    I would think this would fall under economic development.  

    Economic development (0.00 / 0)
    I would think this would fall under economic development.  

    another idea (0.00 / 0)
    How  about following up on the ULI Report's suggestion that Dedham pursue private development of the Keystone Lot to ADD restaurants and retail businesses to the Center and increasing our tax base?

    The ULI Report also discussed how development of that lot so close to Route 1 would help draw customers to the existing  businesses in the Square.

    I don't get it (0.00 / 0)
    How would anyone go to Dedham Square to go to these new businesses and restaurants if there is no parking?

    I did read the report, which said there is more than enough space without the lot, people just don't look hard enough. And we need is more signs and all town employees to park farther away. Hooey.  Even if that was a workable solution, it would only be good for May-September.  Don't see that working at all the rest of the year.

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    That isn't all they said . . . (0.00 / 0)
    They did recommend actions to deal with "the disparity between the perceived shortage of parking versus the reality that Dedham Square has ample parking. When drivers can't find an on-street space in front of the establishment they are visiting, they tend to extrapolate more generally that 'parking is unavailable.'"

    Here's what they recommended about parking:
    "As Dedham is just implementing its parking plan for the Square, it is not clear what the "real" parking needs are for the area. The Panel suspects that the Square will have adequate parking for its customers once Square employees are encouraged (by the new parking plan) to park in spaces more removed from the Square; however, follow-up studies will be required once the parking plan is implemented to confirm any additional needs."

    And the Keystone Lot . . .

    "The Panel conceived a fairly ambitious plan for developing the Keystone site as a two-story building with a 25,000 square foot footprint, anchored by the District Attorney's office. The first floor would include 8,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space and a walk-in lobby; and the second floor would have 24,000 square feet of office space. A gateway public plaza in front of the building could contribute activity to the Square; the building itself could shield the Square from Route 1 traffic. Approximately 116 parking spaces (a mix of surface, tucked in, and underground) could be accommodated."

    "Of the three Town-owned parcels being evaluated, the Keystone site is the best candidate for development, but it would result in a significant loss of parking."

    "From the Panel's limited review, the current Town Hall site appears to be the only viable parking replacement option, should the Keystone site be redeveloped. Maintaining Town Hall and its associated parking lot preserves the Town's flexibility to develop Keystone sometime in the future."

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