Business Leaving Framingham After 8-Plus Decades

FRAMINGHAM – After more than 85 years in downtown, one of the oldest businesses is closing its doors in Framingham.

Opened in 1931, Brandolini Shoe Clinic plans to close this year. Owner Tony Abamelik said he is considering moving to Natick, but said he has no choice in closing.

VTT Management Chief Executive Officer Vaios Theodorakos plans to demolish the Crouch Building to build a 6-story mixed use apartment complex.

The Framingham Planning Board approved the project on January 25.

The project would be adjacent to the Wilsonia Building at 46 Union Avenue, which has Panza Shoes on the first floor and apartments above.

Between the Crouch Building to be demolished under the proposed project and the Wilsonia building, is Brandolini Shoe Clinic, which has been in downtown Framingham since 1931.

Therodorakos told the Planning Board the new apartment complex would have commercial space on the first floor and  75 residential units including 49 1-bedroom and 26 2-bedroom units.

The applicant sought a waiver on parking, as the developer only has 40 parking spaces ties to the new project. The Planning Board granted the waiver unanimously 4-0.






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