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Town of Brewster Awarded Community Planning Grant for Sea Camps; Design Team Starts Work with Town

Town of Brewster officials attended a ceremony at Barnstable Town Hall on December 7, 2022, for recipients of this year’s Community Planning grant awards. Select Board members David Whitney and Kari Hoffmann joined Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy at the ceremony to be presented with a $75,000 grant to identify consensus future public uses of the former Cape Cod Sea Camps properties.

The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED), Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), and Massachusetts Development Finance Agency (MassDevelopment) worked together to evaluate the highest-impact projects for a grant. Brewster is one of 42 communities to receive a Community Planning Grant.

“We are grateful to our state partners for recognizing the generational opportunity that these properties represent,” stated Brewster Town Administrator Peter Lombardi. “These parcels have incredible potential for our community, and these grant funds will help advance our planning and outreach process.”

Following Town Meeting approvals of $360,000 in available funds and this state grant award, the Town of Brewster has hired landscape architect firm Reed Hilderbrand to provide expert support and design guidance as the Town plans future uses of the former Cape Cod Sea Camps.  The planning process will engage residents and gain community input to develop comprehensive plans for each of the parcels.

The Bay and Pond Property Planning Committees kicked off their work with Reed Hilderbrand at their December 6 and 7 meetings respectively, highlighting their interdisciplinary team, project timelines, and overall approach.  Each committee consists of 11 residents with diverse backgrounds who will guide development of proposals for how the two properties will be used in the long-term that will ultimately be presented to Town Meeting.

“The Select Board has repeatedly emphasized the importance of public input in the planning process for the Sea Camps properties as we do for all public initiatives in Brewster”, said David Whitney, Chair of the Brewster Select Board. “The Baker-Polito administration has been and continues to be an effective partner in these efforts.”