What Business Would You Like To See in the Mt Wayte Shopping Plaza?

Tell us in the comments what business do you think would revitalize the Mt. Wayte Shopping Plaza on Franklin Street?

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There are few businesses - Dunkin Donuts and - left in the plaza.

What business would you love to see in the shopping plaza?

Which business would you frequent often, if it opened there?

Tell us in the comments!

Susan Petroni (Editor) December 12, 2011 at 08:20 PM
Panera would be a great addition to that plaza... the one near Target is always crowded.
Kim Poness December 12, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Panera Bread would be a fabulous addition. I love their breakfasts and sandwiches, but I never go to the one near Target because of the crazy traffic.
Joe Rizoli December 12, 2011 at 10:02 PM
Panera bread is a great idea but I would like those who work there to come under E-Verify. http://www.numbersusa.com/content/enforcement/workplace-verification-e-verify.html The Paneras are ripe with ILLEGAL hiring. Lately the one near target seems to have done something. But NEW establishments should be doing e-verify and hiring LEGAL Citizens. Lots of high school kids could be working there as ANY business that opens in that plaza. IF and I say IF a business like Panera opens in the Plaza It would be great that the Selectmen ASK specifically if the businesses comply with all Federal and State hiring laws and practices. I won't hold my breath because they haven't done it yet, just look at the Prindeville block downtown. God knows WHO are running these businesses because the Selectmen don't ask the right questions or they don't care. Joe Rizoli
TSC December 13, 2011 at 01:23 AM
M-A-R-K-E-T B-A-S-K-E-T for sure! We need a grocery store with good prices around here. I currently drive 20 minutes across town and into Ashland to shop at Market Basket. And yes, the savings more than outweighs the extra gas costs. To top it all off, the customer service at Market Basket is amazing. There is no pointing to where something is - they actually walk with you to the aisle and show you. And, a few Thanksgivings back, it was raining the day before (busy grocery day). The manager stood outside and gave you a number and waited with your cart in front of the store until you drove up and then he loaded the bags into your car! I would also love to see a gym with really good classes, like TenXClub.
Fran Tatis December 13, 2011 at 04:21 PM
Businesses go where they can make money. Retail locations become empty where businesses can't make money. So it doesn't matter what we think would be nice to have in Mt Wayte plaza. It's just not a good location for any of these businesses. It's too close to Route 9 and downtown. We should rezone it for other uses.
Jim Rizoli December 13, 2011 at 04:55 PM
Actually apts for the elderly would be nice with some stores under it. Even some nice affordable condo's for poor professional people would be nice. Lots of things could happened there if they put their minds to it. Lets not forget.... a good ICE office would be nice. Jim@ccfiile.com
Gina Fishman December 13, 2011 at 05:23 PM
I like the nut free bakery idea :-) Thanks Susan that's a good one!!
Susan Petroni (Editor) December 13, 2011 at 09:25 PM
@Fran - but the demographics in that area have changed. There are a lot of families in Warren/Oakes area - lots of families off Maple/State - there are even more in the Barbieri/Winter neighborhood -- that's why the schools are seeing an explosion in the younger grades ... plus there is a vibrant medical and university population all on this side whom I'm sure would love to avoid Route 9, if they could. I think we need to think as neighborhoods -- if it is good they will travel. La Cantina offers a great lunch buffet and many times a good majority of those in attendance are from the MWMC & other medical offices - much easier to eat and shop locally than to deal with the traffic on Route 9. Another example, the Walgreen at Prospect and Route 9 does brisk business yet a second one was opened on Route 135 near Waverley Market. I know dozens of families who now travel to the local Walgreens to avoid dealing with Route 9. The only difference between the 2 is the Route 9 one is open 24 hours a day
Susan Petroni (Editor) December 13, 2011 at 09:30 PM
TSC - I agree with Market Basket. They are a great family-owned chain. I know they have wanted to expand their Ashland location (you should see the newly-constructed Market Basket in Chelsea) I like the suggested of TenXClub too ( or Planet Fitness as suggested above) .... BTW, please update your profile when you post next time. Patch policy is for users to post with their real names - first and last. We don't allow alias or psedo names like Susan1213 Thanks.
TMM December 19, 2011 at 08:10 PM
A CREATIVE design solution is needed to maximize the success, attractiveness and benefits for the Mt. Wayte property. Typical strip malls ignore their surroundings. Good design affects people's behavior. Developing a commercial property must include designs that enhance and become an integral part of the neighborhood. This property should be vital at all times of the day and year. Examine the neighborhood and adjacent natural resources as Farm Pond. Include a mixed use of retail stores, services, offices, small theater, apartments that are enhanced with wonderful landscaping and inviting open spaces. The above suggestions should be an essential part of the design process. The design of this property should not block any future opportunity that may prevent a plaza connection to Farm Pond. Imagine families able to walk through the center to Farm Pond to jog or walk along the water. Imagine a future of small ferries on Farm Pond to take people and tourists to downtown and back. Let’s think “out-of-the-box.” Thoughtful design will enhance the Mt. Wayte neighborhood. Thoughtful design will encourage more people to come to shop. I suggest changing the name to “Mt. Wayte Village Center.”
Jaques Sinclaire December 19, 2011 at 09:02 PM
Love the idea of using Farm Pond as a resource rather than an obstacle. Easy to imagine walkways around the pond connecting to Cusing Park and Downtown. But ferries? tourists? You're not just outside the box, your're outside the room!
Jim Rizoli December 19, 2011 at 09:26 PM
Well folks if you're going to use Farm Pond as a destination/walkabout etc... you better do something about the guys who have made the woods a destination to have sex! Yes folks, that's what's it's become right across the street from Cushing near the pump house. If you don't believe me check with the police they will tell ya. Been that way for years. A friend of mine was walking his kid over there a few weeks ago and he had to turn the kids head away to block the visual. jim@ccfiile.com
TMM December 19, 2011 at 09:38 PM
Regarding benefits and future uses of Farm Pond such as ferries, I am considering possibilities that could happen 40-50 years from now if planning, developing and re-energizing Framingham is done well. Design with opportunities, not roadblocks for the future development.
Joe Rizoli December 19, 2011 at 10:28 PM
MANY MANY years ago I was fishing behind the dump and I was approached by this guy that wasn't interested in fishing it seems. Just appalled that this is going on there. The police reports would sure back up what we say. Something should be done about it. Joe Rizoli
Jim Rizoli December 19, 2011 at 11:05 PM
I guess the police aren't too concerned..... it's still going on. Sorry for advertising it any more...there will probably be a lot of guys that will go there who first heard about it here...LOL Jim@ccfiile.com
Susan Petroni (Editor) December 20, 2011 at 05:46 AM
George: Great ideas!
Kim Poness December 20, 2011 at 02:30 PM
Love the idea of using Farm Pond as a resource - my daughter and I fish over there quite a bit. The pond is full of some really good-sized largemouth bass and pickerel. Just needs a little bit of cleanup, as folks tend to leave some trash behind. I'm concerned, in a selfish way, that more people equals more fishing pressure equals less fish for me LOL.
Jim Rizoli December 20, 2011 at 03:27 PM
Kim.....You might think twice about eating anything out of Farm Pond.... Highly contaminated! The remains of the town dump is where the leave and tree dumping is stationed now. I'm surprised the State hasn't targeted it as a mega cleanup. Maybe someone from the State likes to hang out there.....LOL jim@ccfiile.com
Kim Poness December 20, 2011 at 03:39 PM
No no - I don't EAT fish! Strictly catch and release, no matter where I fish :)
TMM December 20, 2011 at 04:46 PM
Kim: call me. I lost your number. - George
Leah Graves December 28, 2011 at 03:17 PM
I agree with the bakery idea--I don't really care what type of ethnic group runs it (as long as it is a small family-owned business). How about a small market like the Produce Market (I love that place!).
Leah Graves December 28, 2011 at 05:04 PM
Too funny. I like all bakeries. I don't know why Jim does not....
Leah Graves December 28, 2011 at 05:04 PM
I think any small family business is welcome. No matter their ethnic background.
Leah Graves December 28, 2011 at 05:05 PM
Or gluten free bakery?
Leah Graves December 28, 2011 at 05:06 PM
Ugh. The #2 chain in America, no thanks! I'd rather see a small family business go in.
Leah Graves December 28, 2011 at 05:06 PM
It's the #2 chain in America. Jim, they are all the same. Small family business in this economy is where it's at.
Leah Graves December 28, 2011 at 05:08 PM
Agree with this. Fish in Maine if you want to eat them. MetroWest has too much mercury in the rivers and streams. :(
Jim Rizoli December 28, 2011 at 10:29 PM
How about Eastleigh Farms Jim@ cfiile.com
James Donahue February 20, 2012 at 06:41 PM
I would like a Donalin's Market as the main ancher. No stop and shop or shaw's. A nice Donalin's market or a whole food's market would be great in that place. For the side tenants, I would like the following: A Pizza parlor/ice cream parlor, a video game store, and even a new restaurant, like an Indian place.
J. M. Heinis November 09, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Would like to see an economical supermarket and, perhaps, a fair-priced greeting card/gift shop, so that a person doesn't always have to go to "the Mall", something good for elderly and disabled patrons on the south side! Also, miss the old Friendly's on Union Avenue!


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