The Town of Holliston Massachusetts


Holliston is a New England town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, located due west of Boston (known as the MetroWest), the only town in Middlesex County that borders both Norfolk and Worcester counties. At the time of the earliest European settlements, what is now known as Holliston was part of the territory of the Awassamog family of Natick (the first Nipmuc Praying Town), who also held authority over land near Waushakum Pond at Framingham and land near Annamasset at Mendon.

On the north side of Route 16 heading into Milford sits a large rock, weighing easily more than five tons (4.5 metric tons). The rock appears to be balanced precariously on an outcrop of granite ledge. On November 6, 1789, General George Washington led his entourage from Boston to New York via this route. Legend has it that, as they came across this “Balancing Rock,” they took the opportunity to have some fun and tried their best to tip it over but were unsuccessful.

Populated by factories and farms until the latter part of the 19th century, the town has since transformed itself into a bedroom community for Boston and the Route 128 and Route 495 technology belts. Holliston is known for its quaint Town Center with its Fiske’s General Store, the Superette, numerous antique shops and boutiques, Carnegie public library, town hall and white-steepled churches, all of which contribute to its distinctive New England character.


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J. Butler Property Management, LLC. : Holliston, Massachusetts

Ralph Blasi, vice president and national director of security for Brookfield Office Properties in New York City, helped to create an evacuation plan for the World Financial Center, jointly with the New York City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in 1998. That plan led to the safe evacuation of more than 40,000 people on September 11, 2001. As a result of 9/11, Blasi has said, security experts have become more cognizant of the need to plan for emergencies that affect the entire neighborhood. “You need to know what your neighboring buildings will be doing in emergency situations, for example, where they would stage if they had to evacuate,” he says. “The public sector has also mandated plans for ‘sheltering’ in place. That is, relocation within a building in the case of an emergency, such as an active shooter.” Building perimeters, according to Blasi, are now protected with bollards (short vertical posts) to prevent explosives-laden vehicles from penetrating that perimeter and smashing into the building. Ground Zero, along with the surrounding redevelopment, constitute a 16-acre “superblock” that is generally inaccessible to vehicles, which Blasi has acknowledged is problematic for other buildings in the area. “From a structural standpoint, many buildings have been retrofitted to strengthen their columns and make the loading dock areas more secure,” he says. New buildings are being built with stronger stairwell cores. Here, too, an effective property manager will guide the owner in terms of security needs.