December 16, 2006

More Pedestrian-Friendly Rte. 9 Frontage for New Natick Mall?

Natick Mall owners will be seeking another 65,000 square feet of retail space along Rte. 9, the MetroWest Daily News reported last week. "The new section, which would be built in the Rte. 9 parking lot between Macy's and the Lord & Taylor, would look like a row of storefronts along
a street, said Jim Grant, General Growth's vice president for development," the paper says. The plan comes before the Natick Planning Board Wednesday.

"By proposing the Rte. 9 side shops, the enclosed mall also wants to take part in the trend of what is called lifestyle centers, which are outdoor shopping areas designed to resemble upscale main streets or shopping districts. Grant said the new varied design would be a big improvement
in how the mall looks from Rte. 9."

Sounds intriguing, I hope to find out more. For example, will there be a pedestrian-appealing public sidewalk, and walkway from that sidewalk to the shopping area? Or will it just be designed to look nicer to cars driving by? Are there any plans to make the Speen Street side at all even moderately appealing for people to arrive by foot from the nearby hotels?

1 comment:

  1. An important need not addressed, would be an overhead pedestrian bridge to be located at the corner of Dean Road to go across Rte 9. This would cost quite alot, and Natick officials don't have an interest in spending on emenities like this. Of course the Mall won't bring it up, and thus, something that would improve the area will remain just an idea.