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Selectmen Want Meeting With Shopping Center Owners

Selectmen put the owners of two shopping centers on notice last night to clean up their respective properties or face possible action by the town.

Two neglected and mostly empty shopping centers in town drew the attention of the Framingham Board of Selectmen last night as Selectmen agreed to invite the owners of the shopping centers to meet and discuss what the future holds for the neighborhood centers.

Selectman Dennis Giombetti strongly called for the owners of the Mount Wayte Shopping Center on Franklin Street and the Nobscot Shopping Center on Water Street to come before the board and give an account of what they plan to do to freshen up the sites.

“It’s a disgrace,” said Giombetti. “We’re talking about blighted, undeveloped properties that are extremely important for the vitality of the neighborhoods.”

The shopping centers suffer from decades of neglect and each has more empty stores than occupied space.

Selectmen and neighborhood groups have failed in many attempts over the years to make headway with the property owners to refurbish or beautify the shopping centers.

“Since I’ve been on the board, the Nobscot and Mount Wayte shopping centers have been a burning issue,” said Giombetti. “They have thumbed their noses at us for years. It’s time something is done.”

If the property owners refuse to come to a meeting, Giombetti is prepared to take the issue to another level.

“I’m more than willing to take aggressive action,” he said. “I’ll recommend we get a group together to see if we can take (the properties) over. Eminent domain is an action of last resort, but it’s time to get serious.”

Selectman Ginger Esty reacted strongly against the prospect of invoking eminent domain, because of the potential of lost tax revenue for the town.

Acting Chair Charlie Sisitsky reminded the board that the motion on the floor was to invite the two property owners to a meeting and called for a vote.

Selectmen unanimously voiced their approval that a meeting with the property owners or their representatives be established in late September.

“We want them to work with us,” said Giombetti. “This (the meeting) is step one. We first invite them in. If they refuse (to meet) then we can look at step number two.”

 

Donald Wendt August 11, 2011 at 10:32 PM
Joe, you are very skilled at pointing fingers at people and problem, but do you have any solutions?
Joe Rizoli August 12, 2011 at 02:35 AM
Joe Rizoli CCFILE.com OMG...like we haven't used town meeting, blogs, email PATCH, The MWDN, Cable, to express our views on everything. I have posted how to STOP illegal immigration in Framingham, I have recommended what the Selectmen should do when businesses apply for new businesses licenses or renewing old ones. We asked town meeting to to vote on some issues dealing with the topic. My solutions are simple, won't cost the town any money or Police that are already on duty. I Guarantee if the proposals went into effect their would be progress. The problem is the town has no backbone to be the parent and as a result the foxes have taken over the hen house. Joe Rizoli
Jim Rizoli August 12, 2011 at 03:12 AM
Jim Rizoli CCFIILE.COM When your solutions are ignored it's hard not to get a little angry. What really gets us is how easy it is to solve the problems. Why is it that the easiest solutions are the hardest to implement? Lets take the federal govt's debt problem...Get rid of the fed.... problem solved. Problem is too many politicians are financially supported by the people that make money on what the problems create for them financially. They then, filter that money down to those they want in office. By not solving the problem, the businessman, or corporation makes money and the politicians get a piece of the pie also. Not too hard to figure out what's going on here. The tough part comes to see if there are some politicians out there that refuse to play the game. If they do then they don't get the money to run their election campaigns. Pretty hard to get elected to any office today without a big war chest full of money.
FHS Mom August 12, 2011 at 11:10 AM
I don't think a Market Basket or Price Chopper grocery in Nobscot would have no worries as far as competition from the neighboring Sudbury stores and Stop and Shop. Especially in this day of tough economical times. I live in Nobscot and have to travel across town to the Market Basket in Ashland simply due to the fact that I can feed my family on $150-$200 a week there and have absolutely no chance of doing that at either of the Sudbury stores or Stop and Shop. Try to budget & plan out a weeks worth of meals for a family of 6 on a budget of $150 at either of those. You might get a half of a weeks worth of meals, if you're lucky. I'm so tired of having to go across town.
FHS Mom August 12, 2011 at 11:10 AM
urgh "any worries".

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