from the month of July 2004 are listed below.
Updates for July 31, 2004
Written by Justin
on July 31, 2004 at 11:11AM
A very important Natick Mall update, Sherwood Plaza news and more!
This news should provide for an
interesting next few weeks. Also, to 'Dale', I tried to respond to your
email but the address, apparently, does not exist. Otherwise, send me
your local retail news at the feedback
link on the side of the page, and enjoy your week.
- The town of Framingham has
that they will appeal the Natick Mall approval due to traffic concerns.
article today from the MetroWest Daily News, the town is
unsatisfied with the mall's cooperation with town officials to fix and
upgrade intersections that will be affected by the Natick Mall
expansion. Because of this, the mall will not be demolished in early
August as planned, possibly as early as August 10th. The mall has
offered Framingham $5,000-$10,000 to perform a traffic study.
Additionally, Wayland may be
getting $25,000 to fix an intersection. This is all in contrast to the
$4 million that Natick will be getting for similar roadwork, along with
significantly larger property tax revenues than the current facility.
Due to this, the mall construction will be at least temporarily halted.
F/NR will bring you more updates as news breaks.
- At least there's good news for
changes are planned for Sherwood Plaza. First off, the vacant
Decathlon USA and the Starbucks coffee shop will be demolished and
replaced with a new 2-floored, 68,000 sq. ft Dick's Sporting Goods with
a new adjacent Starbucks Coffee. Dick's representative is expecting
that if approval and construction proceed on target, the store (and new
coffee shop) will open in mid-2005.
- But there's more. In addition
Sporting Goods, a tenant (or two, actually) have been found for the
vacant Zany Brainy. A new Famous Footwear store, along with The
Children's Place, which is relocating from the Natick Mall, will fill
this spot in the Plaza. The new stores will remodel their respective
fascades to match the new look, the best example of which is the Avenue
store. The two new stores plan to open in the fall
Breaking news on Natick Mall 2,
Updates for July 10, 2004
Written by Justin
on July 10, 2004 at 12:31AM
Yay about the mall! As always,
have any additional comments
please send them to me using the feedback
link on the side of the page.
- The Natick Mall expansion has
approved! Reportedly the Natick Planning Board debated until 1AM but
finally approved the plans for the mall. Demolition of the Wonder Bread
factory is scheduled for early August 2004 with an opening in late fall
2006. The board will soon study the proposal for the 250 condo units.
This portion of the project is yet to be approved.
- Regarding Lowe's, the meeting
broadcast on Government Access Television. The store apparently will
not follow the #116 template that is used for most stores, and will
instead match the adjacent Target store to an extent. The store,
however, will not utilize the adjacent post office that was first
predicted by F/NR, and will include the rooftop parking area as Lowe's
first suggested. However, the proposal was clearly shot down by the
planning board as well as local residents in attendance. Planning Board
members cited that they enjoyed the strip of green space in front of
the store, which appears to be something that they will need to
incorporate into the project. The next meeting is scheduled for July
20th, and it appears that there will be many additional meetings in the
future before the project is approved.
New news regarding the second
the Natick Mall, plus a possible change in mail brought about by Lowe's?
Updates for July 2, 2004
Written by Justin
on July 2, 2004 at 10:04PM
That's it. If you have any
please e-mail them to me using the feedback
link on the side of the page. Thanks!
- On July 1st, GGP announced that
second anchor of the planned Natick Mall 2 will be Neiman Marcus, as
predicted by FN/R. Construction was nearly approved at this week's
Natick Mall public hearing, but problems landscaping and traffic
planning held up the approval. However, there may be good news next
week about this.
- A possible expansion to the
Promenade is being considered. Developer Bill Baker of Baker Partners
wants to acquire the LensCrafters building and have it converted into a
restaurant. Plans have supposedly been filed with the planning board of
Natick. The Natick Promenade is the replacement for Loews Theaters,
consisting of a La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery and a Circuit City, both
currently under construction.
- Finally, there is new news
proposed Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse for Cochituate Road in
Framingham. According to a local mailperson, Lowe's is planning to
acquire the post office, replacing it with two new large post offices
for North and South Framingham. Therefore, Lowe's would be able to
construct a store that is in total about 150,000 sq. ft. as the
confines of the Verizon building would allow for only a 100,000 sq. ft.
By the way, I am rewriting many of the site histories so please check
them out. Also, the Neiman Marcus press release has been encoded into
the latest format, as will be done with all the rest. Enjoy!
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