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Board of Selectmen Plan to Skirt Open Meeting Law

Filed under: Business by Randy Harris at 2:29 pm on October 22, 2011
Framingham Board of Selectmen, (left to right) Laurie Lee, Charlie Sisitsky, Jason Smith, Ginger Esty and Dennis Giombetti.

Framingham Board of Selectmen, (left to right) Laurie Lee, Charlie Sisitsky, Jason Smith, Ginger Esty and Dennis Giombetti.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - In an effort to skirt the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law, (MG.L. Ch. 30A, Sec. 18-25), the Framingham Board of Selectman have decided to hold two sessions of a meeting with an out-of-town developer, where two Selectmen will first meet with representatives of the Nobscot Shopping Center, and then two more Selectmen will meet with the same party for the same purpose.

Selectmen are specifically working around the intent of the very definition of when a meeting with government officials should be open.

Section 18 (a) of the Open Meeting Law defines,  "a session of a town meeting convened under section 9 of chapter 39 which would include the attendance by a quorum of a public body at any such session."

The meeting(s), which will host Tom P. Geissler, Real Estate Asset Manager for SuperValu Inc., (NYSE:  SVU), the Eden Prairie, Minnesota based company ...[read more]

Nobscot Shopping Center Progress Continues

Filed under: Business by Randy Harris at 10:42 pm on October 20, 2011
Nobscot Shopping Center now actively leasing out vacant stores.

New sign advertising that Nobscot Shopping Center is now actively attempting to lease out vacant stores. (photo courtesy of Rick McKenna)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - I have been lucky enough to be involved with the various parties interested in seeing the Nobscot Shopping Center revitalized, and today had a chance to discuss the center's future with the point-man from the newly hired property management company.

Jeff Bruk of Boylston Realty Advisors has been tasked with leasing out the vacant stores in the shopping center.

Jeff has just planted his "FOR LEASE" sign in the shopping center's parking lot, and has designed a Nobscot Shopping Center leasing information brochure to  market the property, (it's in PDF format, Adobe Acrobat reader is needed to view file)

I specifically asked Jeff about the former Texaco Gas Station which is part of the property, (located at the Edgell Rd. entrance to the plaza), and although they, ...[read more]

Nobscot Shopping Center Gets New Property Manager

Filed under: Business by Randy Harris at 6:05 pm on September 30, 2011
Nobscot Shopping Center, 770 Water St., Framingham, MA

Nobscot Shopping Center, 770 Water St., Framingham, MA

FRAMINGHAM, MA- The long awaited "October 1st announcement" about the Nobscot Shopping Center has arrived a day early.

In an email from Steve Sylven of SuperValu Inc., (NYSE: SVU), he informed me that, "As of October 1st, Boylston Realty Advisors will be acting as property manager for the Nobscot Shopping Center", and added, "We will be working with them to finalize design plans and market the plaza to potential tenants ".

Steve also commented that they are "still in the early planning stages, but as more concrete plans come together, [they] will share them", and that they are "are committed to making the needed improvements to the property and actively marketing the space to new tenants".

Boylston Realty Advisors offices are ...[read more]

Nobscot Shopping Center to be Redeveloped

Filed under: Business by Randy Harris at 7:29 pm on September 21, 2011
(PHOTO) Former Coutryfare Star Market at 770 Water Street sits vacant in Framingham, MA

Formerly a Coutryfare Star Market grocery store, the largest retail space in the Nobscot Shopping Center has sat vacant for nearly a decade.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Since reporting that the owners of the Nobscot Shopping Center had demolished the vintage sign that stood out front for the past half-century, there have been only small bits of news about the property's future.

I had this article almost finished last night, but was waiting for a reply from Steve Sylven, an official spokesperson for SuperValu Inc., (NYSE: SVU)

While most of the complaints about the shopping center have been directed at Centercorp Retail Properties, Inc., the listed agent for the plaza -- it appears Centercorp's hands are literally tied, preventing them from doing anything at the plaza.

According to Steve, "SuperValu", the parent company of ...[read more]

What's Next for Nobscot Shopping Center?

Filed under: Business by Randy Harris at 2:32 pm on September 18, 2011
Framingham, MA - Nobscot Shopping Center / Countryfare Star Market, vacant property, September 2011

Nobscot Shopping Center's Countryfare Star Market has been vacant for most of the past decade. Mall owner Centercorp Retail Properties, Inc. recently announced plans to refurbish the property and hire a new leasing agent to attempt to revitalize the strip mall. (Photo taken September 3, 2011)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - After we ran an article on September 13, 2011, "Centercorp to make Nobscot anouncement October 1st", Framingham resident Beth Escobar, (who had been in contact with Centercorp Retail Properties, Inc. Property Manager Terri Desjardins), leaked the news that the company now intends to fix up the Nobscot Shopping Center property and hire a new leasing agent in hopes of getting new tenants to lease the now mostly vacant strip mall.

The news was then leaked to the Nobscot Neighbors group, and to the Metrowest Daily News, and since then ideas and suggestions have been swirling around on a Nobscot email list about what types of stores local residents would like to see in the plaza.

After reading several of the ideas -- which consisted mostly of thoughts about what chain or specialty  grocery store may lease the vacant former Countryfare / Star market, (which is the largest retail space on the property), and hopes that CVS would ...[read more]

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