The Kraft Group is requesting eight additional liquor licenses for Phase II of Patriot Place in Foxborough. The licenses, it says, are necessary to further develop the shopping, dining and entertainment complex with restaurants, a bowling and entertainment complex and a hotel.
Foxborough is already over its quota for liquor licenses from Phase I of the Patriot Place megaplex, meaning the town will have to request more from the state if an agreement is reached between the Kraft Group and the town.
Foxborough would have to solicit the state for more licenses, say town officials.
Foxborough town officials must decide if the negotiations between the town and the Kraft Group should be done in open forum or executive session.
Town Counsel Richard Gelerman recommended the dissolution of the new negotiating committee so that negotiation strategy could be discussed among board members in private, but selectman Mark Sullivan said the negotiations should be done in open session so the public is part of the process.
Town Manager Kevin Paicos said, "Having a negotiation this sensitive in a public meeting is impossible...It is the nature of business that [a company] will not disclose in public certain things that will harm their business interests."
The board is expected to make a decision on Oct. 30 so that negotiations can take place.
Medfield: As neighbors, would what would you do? Would you want to see eight more liquor licenses issued? How would that impact Medfield residents? Traffic? Would you want it negotiated in open session?