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Learn about Town of Barnstable, including Featured News, Key Projects, and The Team.
Centrally located in the heart of the Cape Cod peninsula, the Town of Barnstable is the region’s ‘Hub’ for commerce, transportation, healthcare and education.
Home to the Cape’s airport, the Regional Transportation Center for bus and rail travel, plus two ferry terminals, Barnstable truly is the gateway to all of Cape Cod and the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
Established in 1639, historic Barnstable is surrounded by the waters of Cape Cod Bay to the north and Nantucket Sound to the South, and is comprised of seven villages: Barnstable, Centerville, Cotuit, Hyannis, Marstons Mills, Osterville, and West Barnstable, each with unique cultural and historical qualities.
Barnstable offers a plethora of rich natural resources: host to 15 beaches, working and scenic harbors, conservation lands, biking/hiking trails, two municipal golf course, fishing and shellfishing, fresh water ponds and streams, historic properties and landmarks. For locals and visitors alike, wherever you turn you are surrounded by a quality of life unmatched by any other.
Barnstable has both the Cape’s largest year-round (45,000) and a summer seasonal population (150,000). It is also within close proximity to Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island (1 hour); Hartford, Connecticut (2 hours); New York (4 hours) and easy driving distance for the entire Northeast Corridor. Vehicle traffic over the bridges in the summer averages over 125,000 cars per day.
The village of Hyannis is the center of commercial activity not only for the Town of Barnstable but for the entire Cape region. The Cape’s only major enclosed mall is located in Hyannis along with a large number of national chain stores and restaurants. Alternatively, downtown Hyannis offers an ambiance well suited to unique locally-owned specialty shops, artist galleries, restaurants and bistros. Cape Cod Hospital is also located in Hyannis and Cape Cod Health Care is the largest employer in the town and region.
This ambiance is also found in the other village centers of Barnstable as well. While smaller in scale than Hyannis, they feature a quaint, historic, seaside charm that is prevalent in this area.
The Cape Cod 5 Leadership Team on Tuesday held a ribbon-cutting ceremony onsite at its new $45 million headquarters on Route 132 at Attucks Lane in Hyannis.
All of the bank’s operations staff members will be housed at the three-story, 80,000-square-foot HQ5, whose 11-acre campus also includes an adjacent Hyannis Route 132 Banking Center and the Cape’s first underground parking garage.
The new building will office approximately 300 bank employees who previously worked at four different administrative offices.
A statement released later on Tuesday relayed the bank’s deepest appreciation to the Cape Cod Commission, Town of Barnstable, Barnstable Police Department and Barnstable Fire Department for their help in making the new campus a reality.
The Cape Cod Hospital (CCH) patient care tower, which will be located on the southwest end of the hospital and will become the new main entrance area to the hospital, will advance the organization’s ability to provide locally accessible and high-quality care by enhancing key service areas, like cardiac, cancer, intensive care, women’s health and medical surgery.
The new patient care tower will:
The new patient care tower is expected to create 80 new jobs at CCH, 250-300 construction jobs over the course of the three-year project, and multiples of support jobs in the community.
The Town of Barnstable was selected for the Opportunity Zone Program created by the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017. More information can be found here: https://www.businessbarnstable.com/opportunity-zone
This project is a continuation of a 3 phase plan to improve the athletic playing fields at Barnstable High School (BHS). The FY20 appropriation would be used for the engineering and planning segment of Phase 2 Field Improvements. This phase includes improvement to the varsity softball, junior varsity baseball field (s) and practice soccer/field hockey/lacrosse fields. The work would consist of leveling/grading/reorientation of current fields and improvements to natural turf surfaces and irrigation system.
To be funded by $250,000 of the February 2020 Bonds - 0.73% of the 2020 Capital Budget
This is a multi-year project, which includes upgrades and improvements to district telephone, video surveillance, and door entry systems. The upgrades would include centralized VOIP telephone systems and integrated video surveillance/door entry systems. The new systems will be designed to operate on the district’s network. Initially our efforts will focus on the district phone system followed by surveillance and entry.
To be funded by $500,000 of the February 2020 Bonds - 1.45% of the 2020 Capital Budget
Design and construction for addition of Marine Environmental Lab at BHS. The lab would be located using two outside classrooms (1505 & 1506). The facility would include the necessary equipment, ( water tanks, pumps, filters, tables and HVAC )
To be funded by $1,000,000 of the February 2020 Bonds - 2.91% of the 2020 Capital Budget