News Updates: December 2004
from the month of December 2004 are listed below.
Updates for December 24, 2004
Written by Justin on December 24, 2004 at 4:56PM
Updates on the Lowe's approval....
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- While no approval was made on
the Lowe's as predicted by the MWDN, a good discussion took place at
the Planning Board meeting on December 21, there has been considerable
progress in the planning process. However, there is definately a good
reason why it was not approved: the store's entrance from the connector
road. Basically, Lowe's wanted to leave the existing entrance in place
from the Verizon that would have made shoppers have to drive down Rte.
30 and onto Old Connecticut Path in order to get to Stop and Shop or
BJ's. Many members of the planning board, as do I, found this to be
unsatisfactory in bringing Lowe's traffic onto main streets in order to
go between adjacent buildings. A second option, essentially a basic
4-way stop where Target and Lowe's will meet on the connector road, is
being persued, but apparently it is being held up due to Stop and
Shop's reluctance to allow some of their land to be used toward a
better and straighter connector road, with a real sidewalk. However,
Lowe's is making progress as of late with getting a right-of-way from
Stop and Shop, and this appears to be one of the last details in the
project before it gets approved. The Planning Board will meet again on
January 11 to discuss the project. The MWDN has a story online, read
all about the latest developments in the Lowe's soap opera at http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=85901.
for December 17, 2004
Written by Justin on December 17, 2004 at 10:57PM
Natick Mall updates....
- There have been two recent
stories about the Natick Mall's proposed and approved expansion in the
MWDN as of late. First off, the mall is not planning to connect the
current mall to the expansion for the time being. This makes the mall
separate in the eyes of the planning board, and this also takes care of
Federated's claim against the mall as it has nothing to do with the
existing mall. General Growth also stated that they are making progress
with the Town of Framingham and the self-storage place in their appeal
of the property. GGP now thinks that they can have the mall open by
fall 2007, about a year later then previously expected.
- After the meeting on the night
of December 14th, however, little changes were made. First off, a
parking lot was removed from the corner of Speen Street and Flutie
Pass, and the Neiman Marcus was moved closer to Speen Street. A reason
was not given for this move, but could it possibly regard moving the
property further from the Framingham town line? Apparently it went on
for such a while that the MWDN had to leave the meeting in order to get
the paper published for that morning. Anyhow, the planning board also
went bananas about the banner advertising the Natick Mall's proposed
condominiums on Route 9, because it gives the appearance that the
condos are already approved. The Natick Mall's people rebutted stating
that they only wanted to build anticipation for the project, but will
never the less take down the banner next week. The two stories are
online at http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=85418
- Also, some pictures added of
the new Office Depot and Circuit City.
Updates for December 9, 2004
Written by Justin on December 9, 2004 at 8:29PM
Lowe's may be coming to Framingham sooner than previously expected....
- A story in the MWDN today
states that the Lowe's project is coming together at last. The Planning
Board members are finally finding a palate that suits their tastes, and
even the town's consultant for the project stated that the project is
now fitting expectations. Lowe's design team has now satisfied the
board, but it's not over yet. There's still at least one meeting left,
and that one will be on December 21st. It will be on local TV like most
of their hearings, channel 13 on RCN and channel 9 for Comcast. (Natick
and everywhere else can watch online at http://www.framinghamma.org/web/pages/streaming_video/RCNLive.ram).
The story is online too, at http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=84877.
- A revamped Caldor/CVS page is up, along with
imagery for the Rte. 30 Mall
Updates for December 8, 2004
Written by Justin on December 8, 2004 at 10:29PM
Just a quick update on the site.
- An entirely revamped Sherwood Plaza page is now up,
taken today, TerraServer imagery, and much more information in a more
organized layout. If you have any suggestions on the page or the
layout, e-mail me using the feedback link on the side of the page.
- Additionally, two pictures of
the new Circuit City are up on the Loews
Theaters/Natick Promenade page, although they aren't really that
great. Either way, the La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery is clearly under
construction and should be completed soon, as job postings are online
for the new Natick store.
Updates for December 3, 2004
Written by Justin on December 3, 2004 at 11:09PM
Just a quick update now on area retail...
- The new Office Depot at
Shopper's World opened yesterday, December 2, and the MWDN reports that
Office Depot made many monitary and backpack donations to area groups
and agencies. The story reports that it uses the new Millenium2 format
that Office Depot has been spreading throughout it's stores, and is
similar to Staples' Dover store format, which can be seen at it's
Worcester St. location in Natick and it's newly converted Worcester Rd.
location near Framingham Center. Staples denied that they're afraid
of the new store, as they have seen Office Depot desert the area after
failing at it's Cochituate Rd. store, which has become the new Filene's
Basement. The story http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/businessNews/view.bg?articleid=84434.
- On the subject of Office Depot,
their former Framingham location now has a page at Framingham/Natick
Retail. Just check out the Rte.
page on the sidebar.
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