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Vickburg Sq.’s Trinity builds green for Baystate Dems

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BOSTON — A review of records at the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance shows a long history of donations to Baystate Democrats by officials associated with Trinity Financial. The Boston-based developer is seeking tritown approval from Ayer, Shirley and Harvard voters to rezone Vicksburg Square for residential rentals.

The rezoning push was first launched on behalf of unnamed developers by MassDevelopment, Trinity among them. That rezoning push failed at “Super Town Meeting” in June 2009.

Trinity has since stepped forward as the chosen developer to seek, essentially, the same residential zoning change and an increase in the 282-unit Devens housing cap. Trinity is in the midst of a decade-long, $800 million multi-phase project in downtown Lowell that includes housing, retail and office space.

MassDevelopment is led by Housing and Economic Development secretary Gregory Bialecki. Currently, Vicksburg Square is zoned strictly for “Innovation and Technology” business incubator and research and development uses.

James G. Keefe, president, co-founder in 1987.

* Gov. Deval Patrick: $500 in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 (Wife Christina gave $250 in 2005, $300 in 2006, and $500 in 2010, while son Nicholas gave $500 in 2006)

* Boston Mayor Thomas Menino: $250 in 2007, $500 in 2008, 2009, 2011

* Sen. Eileen Donoghue (Lowell): $1,000 in 2010

* Sen. Brian Joyce: $100 in 2002, $250 in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010

* Former Senate President Robert Travaglini: $250 in 2003

* Former Sen. Dianne Wilkerson: $500 in 2005, $250 in 2008

* Former House Speaker Thomas Finneran: $250 in 2003, $500 in 2002, 2004

* Former House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi: $250 in 2007

* Rep. Thomas Golden (Lowell): $250 in 2007

* Democratic State Committee: $1,000 in 2010

* Committee for a Democratic House (Political Action Committee): $1,000 in 2009

Patrick A.T. Lee, executive vice president, co-founder in 1987

* Gov. Deval Patrick: $500 in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009; $1,000 in 2010

* Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray: $250 in 2010

* Boston Mayor Thomas Menino: $250 in 2007, $500 in 2009, 2011

* Former Senate President Robert Travaglini: $250 in 2003

* Former House Speaker Thomas Finneran: $500 in 2002, 2003, 2004

* Democratic State Committee: $250 in 2008, $5,000 in 2009, $1,000 in 2010.

Others Trinity donors to Gov. Patrick include:

* Sarah Barnat, project manager: $250 in 2010

* Kenan Bigby, project manager: $500 in 2010

* Vince Droser, vice president, development: $500 in 2010

* Frank Edwards, vice president of design and construction: $500 in 2010

* Rebecca Hemenway, controller: $250 in 2010

* Hank Keating, design and permitting manager: $650 in 2006, $300 in 2007

* Kevin McCarthy, construction project manager: $485 in 2010.

* Larry Sparrow, project manager, design and construction: $500 in 2010

* Matt Zahler, assistant project manager: $150 in 2010.

* Abby Goldenfarb, project manager: $100 in 2006, $450 in 2010 (also $100 to Former House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi in 2007 and $300 to Lowell Sen. Eileen Donoghue in 2010)

— Mary E. Arata