High-Rise Apartments Proposed With New Framingham Entertainment Complex

The owners of Shoppers World are now proposing high-rise apartments, in a new #1 million entertainment complex on the Framingham/Natick line.

DDR Corporation had already received approval from both the Framingham and Natick planning boards for a bowling alley, an indoor sky diving center, and a restaurant, when they went back to the Framingham Planning Board to add apartments and a parking deck last month.

Natick Planning Board approved the indoor sky diving center.

Framingham approved the bowling alley and the resturant.

Before the addition of the proposed 136 apartments, the estimated value of the development was $1 million.

The property is located at 19 Flutie Drive across from the AMC Theatre.

The 12.8 acre lot was formerly used as a place to pile snow for Shoppers World, and for overflow parking at the movie theatre.

On Wednesday, July 6, DDR will conduct a balloon test at 19 Flutie Drive to demonstrate how tall the proposed 7-story structure could be, if approved. The developers are offering residents a chance to ask questions about the project at the site from 4 to 6 p.m.

The property is zoned for manufacturing.

The developers are seeking a waiver to exceed the height restriction and for a mixed use permit to construct apartments with the businesses.

The Framingham ZBA will need to grant a height waiver for the proposed structure, which developers said would be 84-feet tall, before the Planning Board can approve site plans.

The seven story structure would have a parking deck with 100 spaces on level 2, and five floors of apartments, of which some would be made affordable.




Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

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