Collings Foundation gets approval for new museum

CollingsMetroWest Daily News is reporting that the Planning Board of Stow, Massachusetts and the Collings Foundation have reached a settlement that will allow construction of a new museum to move forward.  In 2014 the Collings Foundation came into possession of much of the AFV collection from the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation.  The MVTF collection was the largest privately owned collection of tanks and armored vehicles in the world, and was the work of Jacques Littlefield, who died in 2009.  While some of the collection has been auctioned off, the most interesting and valuable items have been retained by the Collings Foundation.  Construction of a museum to house many of these rare and unique vehicles has been delayed as the Collings Foundation and the town of Stow have worked out an agreement.  According to the MetroWest Daily News article, the Collins Foundation says they hope the new museum will open this time next year.


Article excerpt:

STOW — With a new road being built off Main Street in Hudson, the Collings Foundation hopes its new museum will open this time next year.

The project is allowed to proceed after the Stow Planning Board and the foundation reached a settlement in Middlesex Superior Court earlier this month. The roadwork is being done under a temporary building permit, which expires Sept. 1.

This weekend’s Race of the Century event will be the last event where traffic comes in off Barton Road in Stow, a tiny lakeside street the many neighbors say is too narrow for increased traffic.

Bob Collings, co-founder of the foundation, said the road from Hudson is only major change to the plans. For several years, neighbors resisted the nonprofit’s plan to expand its collection of tanks and warplanes into a full-scale museum about American combat.

The Planning Board unanimously signed the settlement after receiving guidance from town counsel, said Planning Board Chairwoman Lori Clark during a public hearing last week.

Read the full MetroWest Daily News article here.



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