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December 19, 2019

158-unit mixed-use development proposed for Framingham plaza

Image | Courtesy | CUBE 3 Studio The proposed Village at Nobscot on Water Street in Framingham
Photo | Google The Village at Nobscot site today
Image | Courtesy | CUBE 3 Studios The proposed Village at Nobscot would replace a nearly empty shopping center.

A long underutilized retail plaza on Water Street in Framingham is proposed to be demolished in favor of two three-story buildings with 158 residential units and some retail space.

What today is a dated shopping center with a vast parking lot would be turned into a two-building, landscaped complex with more of a village appearance consistent with a vision called for in the city's economic development strategy published in February.

Just as that report advocated for, the Village at Nobscot includes buildings placed closer to the street, a mix of uses and parking that's tucked mostly out of sight behind or beside buildings, and not in front of them. It also called for development at the intersection of Edgell Road, Edmands Road, and Water Street, where the proposed development would go.

The economic development report suggested new commercial space in Nobscot, citing the largely vacant shopping plaza. The Village at Nobscot will not create more retail space than the plaza would have if fully occupied, but will have nearly 10,000 square feet of space below the residences, along with a CVS in a standalone building next to the intersection of Water Street and Edgell Road.

CVS is a last tenant of the plaza today. The plaza once included a grocery store but in recent years has languished out of easy access from traffic along Route 9 to the south or Route 20 to the north.

The Framingham Planning Board is scheduled to hold a hearing on the proposal Thursday evening in City Hall.

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December 19, 2019
Here is a novel idea. How about some entertainment, restaurants, etc to actually draw people to all these places being built? This is going to be a nightmare in this city. The traffic alone is going to be a disaster.
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