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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 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]


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