BURLINGTON, MA — The Town Sculpture Park Committee hopes to open its first sculpture sites in June, 2020, according to a presentation made to the Burlington selectmen Monday night. Committee chair Jon Sachs updated the board on the committee’s progress on an idea he has trumpeting for years. The selectmen did not vote to approve the plans but decided to continue the topic, with some additional guidance to the committee on what they’re interested in.

The board expressed preference for using the corner of the Town Common across from the Grandview Farm as the initial site, and limiting it to just three sculptures at first. They also asked to get more information on proposed sculptures before voting to approve.

The committee, which is a subcommittee of the planning board, has partnered with the New England Sculpture Association, who will help them put out a call to sculptures this month, to give the sculptors half a year to create the work. They have a $10,000 commitment from the Nordblom real estate company for the first sculptures, Sachs said. Sachs also laid out some guidelines the committee agreed on for sculptures: colorful, nothing political, no nudity, and the work should be weather-resistant, sturdy, and safe.

The board similarly heard updates, without making a decision, on two liquor licenses at Burlington Mall, belonging to the former Uno Chicago Grill and the former Besito Restaurant. Attorney Mark Vaughan told the board that tenants have been identified for both locations. The Uno license will go to Karma, an Asian fusion chain, while he did not name the Besito location’s new tenant. Both hearings were continued to December.

The board also approved appointing town appraiser James Doherty to the new Northwest Park Housing Committee, which will work on affordable housing with a focus on the elderly. The last town meeting passed a resolution to create the committee.

Finally, the board easily approved the annual Lion’s Club Christmas tree sales at the Shaw’s Supermarket.

Christopher Huffaker: 412-265-8353 or chris.huffaker@patch.com.





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