EDIC To Reassess Solar Zoning Change Post Planning Board Vote

The Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (EDIC) discussed reassessing a town meeting warrant article after a Falmouth Planning Board vote did not go its way last week.

On October 1, the planning board discussed whether to recommend proposed zoning articles at November Town Meeting. One of those proposed articles came from the EDIC. Michael DiGiano, executive director of the EDIC, presented plans to rezone 64 Technology Park Drive from “public use” to “Light Industrial C.” The change would allow the lot to be used as a solar farm.

Mr. DiGiano said a company had expressed interest in constructing ground-mounted solar arrays on the lot. The only other object on the parcel is a water tower and the solar project would comply with the setback from that tower, Mr. DiGiano said. He added that the topography was unsuitable for most other uses.

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Lynne Broderick
Falmouth EDIC Moves Forward With Several Initiatives

The Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation moved forward with several ongoing initiatives this past month, including a fiber-optic network Main Street extension, updates to the Falmouth Station, and two feasibility studies.

Michael DiGiano, executive director of the EDIC, said work on the OpenCape extension along Main Street is progressing. OpenCape is a Barnstable-based nonprofit that uses a fiber-optic network to connect municipal buildings, emergency services, schools, businesses, and research institutions on Cape Cod.

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Lynne Broderick
Falmouth Businesses Can Now Apply For OpenCape Service

After more than a year of planning, OpenCape is accepting applications for its Falmouth Business Gigabit Project, which will extend fiber-optic internet service to about 100 businesses along Main Street. The online application portal opened at 10 AM Thursday, September 19.

The network extension allows OpenCape to deliver “a substantially more reliable service” to Main Street businesses, said Steve Johnston, OpenCape’s executive director.

OpenCape is a Barnstable-based nonprofit that uses a fiber-optic network to connect municipal buildings, emergency services, schools, businesses, and research institutions on Cape Cod.

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Lynne Broderick
Falmouth Economic Development And Industrial Corporation Discusses Project Updates

The Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation recently discussed several updates concerning ongoing projects, which include two feasibility studies, an OpenCape fiber-optic extension down Main Street and work on the Falmouth Station.

Members of the EDIC on September 10 met with candidates who submitted proposals for a co-working, mixed-use feasibility study, which will assess the demand for a co-working space in Falmouth and where it might be located.

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Lynne Broderick
Preservation Group's Historical Display At Falmouth Stations Gains Funding

The Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (EDIC) voted Tuesday to commit $2,000 to a Falmouth Preservation Alliance historical display outside the Falmouth Station.

The history board would detail the building’s past for visitors. The Falmouth Station was originally the Falmouth Railroad Station and began service in 1872. The Upper Cape railroad line was an important commercial and public transportation hub from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century.

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Timeline for Municipal Fiber Study Set

A community-based fiber-optic network could go before Falmouth Town Meeting as early as November 2020.

Courtney Bird, an organizer advocating for the fiber-optic network, provided selectmen with an update on a $50,000 feasibility study to determine the viability of such a network on Monday night, July 22.

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Falmouth EDIC
A Win - Win for Falmouth - Letter

A growing body of Falmouth residents envision a fiber optic community internet access network that’s faster, more failure-resistant and less expensive than today’s commercial offerings, with better customer service, too.

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Falmouth EDIC