FRAMINGHAM – The owner of the Nobscot Shopping Center is scheduled to attend a meeting tonight in a Framingham neighborhood to discuss his vision of how to re-vitalize the almost empty plaza.
Framingham Town Manager Bob Halpin told Selectmen last night that for a “considerable period of time” he has met with an “informal working group to review, vet and refine proposals by the owner of the Nobscot Shopping Center. This process has resulted in much refinement of the owner’s proposal to redevelop the shopping center on terms that would allow him to agree to a termination of his lease of the shopping center to Shaw’s Supermarkets. We have periodically met with the Nobscot neighborhood to review these refinements.”
“Based on the progress we have made, we plan to invite residents of the Nobscot neighborhood to a meeting on January 11, 2017 to review and discuss the latest approach to developing the shopping center as a mixed-use residential development – with a freestanding CVS retail store, 165-unit multifamily residential rental development with 8,000 sq. feet of retail provided at street level facing Water Street,” said Halpin. “I would describe this as a very important meeting in our ongoing efforts to redevelop the shopping center.”
Halpin said the plan is not perfect, but it is a step forward to developing the plaza.
“I’m not going to say it is perfect,” said Halpin last night.
Selectman Cheryl Tully Stoll encouraged those who live in Nobscot to attend the meeting andlisten to owner and to voice their opinions.
The plaza is located next to the new Christa McAuliffe branch library on Water Street, across from the Nobscot fire station. The shopping plaza has been mostly empty for years, ever since Star Market closed. Shaw’s Supermarkets, which now owns Star Market’s branch, holds a long-term, multi-decade lease on the plaza.
Halpin said it is now time to put the owner in front of the community and have him present his re-development plan.
The owner “has a lease with Shaw’s,” said Halpin last month, but this proposal might encourage a “termination” of that lease.