Big Westford retail project goes to c...

Big Westford retail project goes to court

There are 21 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Mar 15, 2008, titled Big Westford retail project goes to court. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

The upscale retail project that promised 700 new jobs and a $1 million state grant isn't completely off the table.

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Peabody, MA

#1 Mar 15, 2008
Not to worry on this decision. The snobs in this town will have their upscale developement,but will go elsewhere to actually shop.
Mike J

United States

#2 Mar 15, 2008
No wonder the state gov't. feels they need casinos.
Did Some Research

Walpole, MA

#3 Mar 15, 2008
"It's an excellent project that will stabilize and raise home values"

Why would anyone want the value of their property increased? One possibility.
They want to sell and move elsewhere. It can't be because they want to make Westford their home and increase their tax bill, can it?

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#4 Mar 15, 2008
It is so difficult to get people to shop in the Lowell-Westford area etc.
when the Pheasant Lane Mall is so close and all the other stores on Daniel Webster as well.
You'll usually find your items there for much cheaper.
Westford Resident

United States

#5 Mar 15, 2008
Development on this land is inevitable. What we don't need are more mattress stores, strip malls, chain restaurants, or worse. Given the choice, I much prefer a high quality project offering unique shopping and dining options. It's not snobby to want better than what we have now, and it's nothing to apologize for being in support of. I am in favor of the project, and hope the Planning Board will come to their senses and realize the enormous benefit that would be gained by approving it.

“Uncommon Sense”

Since: Jan 08

Westford Mass

#6 Mar 16, 2008
Westford Resident wrote:
Development on this land is inevitable. What we don't need are more mattress stores, strip malls, chain restaurants, or worse. Given the choice, I much prefer a high quality project offering unique shopping and dining options. It's not snobby to want better than what we have now, and it's nothing to apologize for being in support of. I am in favor of the project, and hope the Planning Board will come to their senses and realize the enormous benefit that would be gained by approving it.
From what I've seen of the development plans I agree. We don't need more drugstores, pizza joints and banks. We have plenty of fast food(I wish Wendy's hadn't left). And this is zoned commercial so it will be developed--this seems like a good use.

“Uncommon Sense”

Since: Jan 08

Westford Mass

#7 Mar 16, 2008
the rest wrote:
Not to worry on this decision. The snobs in this town will have their upscale developement,but will go elsewhere to actually shop.
I am always amazed to see this level of hatred toward fellow residents. I moved here 18 years ago and it was one of the best decisions ever. The people have been great, the schools great and I had a sophomore when I moved here and he was accepted quickly. I can't say enough nice things. And because of the development, and the location and the schools and the people house values escalated. I have loved it here and find the people exceptionally kind and generous and understanding.
Another Resident

Peabody, MA

#8 Mar 17, 2008
The Town is in financial difficulty,Taxes are continually being raised,Foreclosures abound,unions are demanding large raises and benefits are killing us. There are enough demands on the infrastructure without adding a "upscale" development that only the affluent will be able to afford to patronize.
I think one poster commented to snobs.

“Uncommon Sense”

Since: Jan 08

Westford Mass

#9 Mar 17, 2008
Another Resident wrote:
The Town is in financial difficulty,Taxes are continually being raised,Foreclosures abound,unions are demanding large raises and benefits are killing us. There are enough demands on the infrastructure without adding a "upscale" development that only the affluent will be able to afford to patronize.
I think one poster commented to snobs.
You do understand that this development will pay taxes, contribute to the infrastructure and provide jobs, don't you. A receding economy is an excellent time to invest. And the snob comment is out of place and unnecessary in a civil discussion.
Bushwacked

Colchester, VT

#10 Mar 17, 2008
My nephew has lived there for 18 years and loves the town and services provided.When i was a kid there was a restaurant there with an old WW2 plane on the top of it.We heard a lot of funny stories on how the plane got there..
The Chelmsford Flash

North Augusta, SC

#11 Mar 17, 2008
Bushwacked wrote:
My nephew has lived there for 18 years and loves the town and services provided.When i was a kid there was a restaurant there with an old WW2 plane on the top of it.We heard a lot of funny stories on how the plane got there..
If memory serves, that was the 'ole oaken bucket'
family resturaunt and diner out on rte. 110.
Fell victim to arson in the late 80s.

“Uncommon Sense”

Since: Jan 08

Westford Mass

#12 Mar 17, 2008
The Chelmsford Flash wrote:
<quoted text>
If memory serves, that was the 'ole oaken bucket'
family resturaunt and diner out on rte. 110.
Fell victim to arson in the late 80s.
It is now a '99. The fire was in the late 80's and it did reopen as the Old Oaken Bucket but they sold out.
Bushwacked

Colchester, VT

#13 Mar 17, 2008
The Chelmsford Flash wrote:
<quoted text>
If memory serves, that was the 'ole oaken bucket'
family resturaunt and diner out on rte. 110.
Fell victim to arson in the late 80s.
I'm not sure if that was the place.I do know that it was on a 4-way intersection on rte.110.
MrTipps

Westford, MA

#14 Mar 17, 2008
The oaken bucket is not the place where the plane was. The OB sold out to the 99 Restaurant in 2002 and is on the corner of 110 and 225.

Regardless of that, the reason why the Planning Board shot down the development is that the traffic issues were being ignored and not addressed by the developer. The intersection where it would be is already a disaster and then adding this HUGE complex would making it complete traffic abyss.

If the developer is smart he will call off his appeal and instead resubmit a plan that doesn't have as much of a traffic impact and which ACTUALLY meets Westford's bylaws instead of asking for alot of variances.

The solution is in the hands of the developer. Either years of litigation over the matter, or a much swifter conclusion by meeting the demands of the town with a smaller project that meets the bylaws.
Vinny

United States

#15 Mar 18, 2008
The Planning Board reversed all decisions last night, and approved Cornerstone Square.
Vinny

United States

#16 Mar 18, 2008
Clark

Peabody, MA

#17 Mar 18, 2008
Ask yourselves Why does this development need Hazardous waste permitting?
The airplane was on the roof of Polly's restaurant at the the junction of rte.110 & Boston rd.
A establishment that wouldn't be acceptable today.
Vinny

North Attleboro, MA

#18 Mar 18, 2008
All of these major developments have similar for waste water treatment. Even some of the housing developments like Hitching posts, ...
Westford Resident

Princeton, MA

#19 Jun 18, 2008
You know what, I live here and this NEEDS TO BE BUILT! Westford needs this, it would be a nice addition instead of the strip malls we have now.
Westford Resident

Princeton, MA

#20 Jun 18, 2008
why does my post say Hopkinton MA? I live in Westford.

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