June 24, 2004

Framingham Seeks More Say On Natick Mall

Framingham officials have asked their counterparts in Natick not to fast-track approval for the proposed 500,000-square-foot Natick Mall expansion, according to the MetroWest Daily News.

Framingham officials say they'd like to be part of the approval process for the project. "In a letter sent to Natick officials yesterday, Framingham Planning Board Chairman Tom Mahoney said the board is concerned with increased traffic on routes 9 and 30, a rotary planned inside mall property, and bicycle and pedestrian access to the site," the News article notes.

Yes! Pedestrian and bicycle access to the site! And it would be great to have pedestrian friendly streetscape WITHIN the project as well ... like ground floor restaurants with outdoor seating, lovely landscaping and places to stroll without being next to whizzing traffic or an asphalt ocean.

Natick officials say their Framingham counterparts have had plenty of time to make their views known.

There's another meeting on the expansion project June 30, 7:30 p.m. at Natick Town Hall (2nd floor).

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