We understand Economic Development is a collaborative process that builds strong, adaptive economies and requires leadership. Companies move to municipalities, not states. Municipal Officials must play a critical role in attracting business investment, jobs, and a strong tax base to better their community.
Three Washington Place, a 26,000 square foot, two-story, Class A medical office building located on Route 138. Three Washington Place is the third building developed at Washington Place, a 126,000 square foot Class A medical office park. One Washington Place, completed first quarter of 2007, is fully leased to Steward Health Care, Dr. Albert Ackil, Neurologist, Orthopedic Care Specialists, Easton Eye Consultants and Trinity Family Medicine. The building features the region’s first all-digital ambulatory surgicenter, including MRI and digital x-ray. Two Washington Place, completed fourth quarter of 2008, is fully leased to Signature Healthcare, Greater Boston Urology, South Shore Dermatology and UMass Laboratories, Inc. Initial tenants at Three Washington Place include McNeil Orthopedics and Steward Health Care. Limited availability remains at Three Washington Place. Please call 508-984-4100 for additional information.
Economic Development isn't strictly business. Whether you and your family wish to relocate once you open your new business in Easton or prospective residents visit our town to patronize your establishment, your decision to come to Easton is linked to our residential community. Our community of 23,000 boasts excellent schools and pristine natural and historic resources in addition to easy highway access to Boston and Providence.
The historic Ames Shovel Works Company, once slated for demolition, have been restored to their former glory and preserved forever in addition to having been repurposed as 113 beautiful homes in the heart of downtown Easton. Possibly the single most significant example of Easton's willingness and capacity to collaborate with public and private partners, as well as the community, to achieve lasting success.
Since the Ames Shovel Company ceased local operations in 1953, the factory buildings were used by a variety of office, warehouse and light industrial businesses. One structure to the west of Main Street became a residence, while the structure north of Oliver Street is now occupied by the YMCA. However, in the 2000s, the heart of the complex became mostly vacant. In 2007, the property’s owner proposed to demolish several of the historic structures and construct multi-story apartment buildings.
In 2009, with the guidance and encouragement of a dedicated group of residents, Beacon Communities proposed to purchase and redevelop the site with a plan designed to better meet the community’s needs. As ultimately approved by the Town, plans include 113 homes located in preserved historic structures, as well as park-like open space, a wastewater treatment plant to serve the site and surrounding areas, and a small building for civic use.
Through the bequests of the Ames family as well as a proud tradition of local initiatives; Easton has preserved over 4,000 acres of active and passive recreation and conservation lands for our residents and visitors to enjoy. Bring your family to Borderland State Park, hike through the Clifford Grant trails, or Run for our Recreation Department during their annual road race.
The Edwin A. Keach Park:
The Town of Easton’s Open Space and Recreation Plan identified the need for additional recreational playing fields in Town due to the number of youth enrolling in Easton’s sports programs. To fulfill this need, the plan directs Town Boards and Commissions, and other recreation organizations on an on-going basis, to ensure that sufficient land is available for recreation facilities and programs and to work with the Easton Community Preservation Act Committee (“CPC”) to purchase land that will provide space to expand recreational opportunities in the town.
In the Fall of 2010, a property owner approached the CPC indicating they were interested in selling the Town property on Chestnut Street being developed for recreational playing fields. Once constructed, the 16 +/- acre property would include three multi-use recreational fields accommodating sports such as soccer and lacrosse, two softball fields and a children’s play area. The property is also located adjacent to existing Town-owned open space and important wetland resources. The Recreation Committee, Conservation Commission and the CPC determined this purchase helps the Town meet its recreation needs, preserves critical wetland resources and allows for future connections to adjacent town-owned open space areas for passive recreational enjoyment.
The Town approved the purchase of the property at the May 16, 2011 Annual Town Meeting. Construction of the fields was completed in the Fall of 2011 with the Town acquiring the fields shortly thereafter. Given the time and effort it takes to properly establish new recreational playing fields during the initial grow-in period, the former property owner agreed to work with the Town to ensure the fields are fully ready for play in the Fall of 2012.
At the September 26, 2011 meeting of the Board of Selectmen, the Keach Family requested that the new playing fields be named in honor and in recognition of Edwin Keach. The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously in favor of this request.