GRAFTON, Mass.--John Deli Priscoli, the owner of the Grafton & Upton Rail line, is expected to unveil his development plans in North Grafton at a special meeting Tuesday night.
The meeting will be held at the Municipal Center beginning at 6 p.m.
According to sources familiar with the itinerary, Deli Priscoli will make a 15-minute presentation unveiling his intentions for the area that runs around the southwest corner of Pratts Pond and is surrounded by residential and small businesses on North Main Street, Leland Avenue, and Westboro Road.
State Sen. Michael Moore, who requested the meeting be set up at the urging of area residents, will also attend.
"There have been concerns about the progress of the railroad in that area," Moore said in a telephone interview, "so we wanted to get all the parties involved together," he said.
Aside from Deli Priscoli, Brian O'Boyle from the federal Surface Transportation Board will appear, as well as representatives from the Federal Railroad Administration and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
The meeting was arranged by the Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator Tim McInerney, who will also attend.
The site has been a source of speculation, rumor, and anxiety for those who live in the area. In the past two months, residents have appeared at selectmen meetings wanting answers and expressing frustration about the excavating. But neither the Selectmen nor McInerney had details.
Railroad properties are privately owned but regulated by federal oversight, leaving the town with little say because the project is exempt by local bylaws, unless the business being conducted is outside the federal definition.
A representative from Moore's office said it took time to arrange the meeting because no one except Deli Priscoli knew the details.
Deli Priscoli has been quiet about his plans. In an interview on Oct. 3 with the Daily Voice, he said, at the time, he was not ready to reveal his intentions.