Friday, May 10, 2013
“Your proposal may be great but not here. Not in this neighborhood,” said David Levin, vice president of the Fiddler’s Green Homeowners Association.
More than 100 residents strongly pushed back against a plan by Waltham-based health care company to turn the former Marist Retreat Center into a treatment facility for people suffering eating disorders. Walden Behavioral Care’s proposed treatment center concept was scoriated by neighbors who cited concerns about safety of their children who might be exposed to patients of the treatment center; an anticipated increase in traffic; possible decline in home values; and a general change in character of the residential neighborhood. “Your proposal may be great but not here. Not in this neighborhood,” said David Levin, vice president of the Fiddler’s Green Homeowners Association. “When all is said and done this is a residential neighborhood. Use …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Waltham-based Walden Behavioral Care is negotiating to purchase the former Marist property, which had a price tag of $5 million; and has requested special zoning for a treatment center.
Waltham-based Walden Behavioral Care is proposing an 80-bed treatment center for the former Marist Retreat Center at 518 Pleasant St. The health care company sent a letter to some neighbors inviting them to an informational meeting Thursday night to discuss the plan. The company has filed a petition with the Framingham Zoning Board of Appeals for a special permit, as the area is zoned as R-3 single-family residential. The property is located less than a half mile from Brophy Elementary School. The public hearing before the ZBA is schedule for June 18. Walden Behavioral Care is also scheduled to go before the Framingham Planning Board for public hearing and site plan review of the proposed redevelopment of the multi-acre property. Although …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Secretary of Economic Development Greg Bialecki to discuss importance of infrastructure investments and building on the Governor’s plan to create jobs and expand economic opportunity throughout the Commonwealth.
The Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki will address the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce Thursday at the Exec-Connect Luncheon at the Sheraton Framingham. He will discuss the importance of infrastructure investments and building on the Governor’s plan to create jobs and expand economic opportunity throughout Massachusetts. In Gov. Deval Patrick’s State of the Commonwealth address and in his budget announcement in January, he laid out a plan to grow jobs by making investments in education, innovation and infrastructure to grow opportunity in the near-term, and strengthen the Commonwealth in the long-term. Bialecki’s remarks will focus on the investments in education and transportation that the …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Avery Dennison, a company with deep roots in Framingham, will move to Westborough this summer.
Avery-Dennison, a company with deep roots in Framingham, will leave the community and move to Westborough this summer, says a company spokesperson. Avery Dennison's Retail Branding and Information Solutions (RBIS) business is currently headquartered at 7 Bishop St. in Framingham. The company will move its about 100 employees to Westborough in July or early August, said Jeanne Romano, Director Global Corporate Communications for RBIS. "It is very difficult to leave Framingham after so many years," said Romano. "We wanted to stay in town but could not find office space here that would fit our needs." "It the end of an era," said Framingham Town Manager Bob Halpin. "I'm disappointed." The Dennison Manufacturing Company was founded in …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The Visitors Bureau, an independent nonprofit organization, was created to stimulate economic activity in the region by marketing the assets of MetroWest to residents and visitors. Event attendees pledged to stimulate economic activity, immediately by sp
Representing businesses of all sizes, nonprofits, and municipalities through the region, almost 200 people gathered last week to celebrate the first anniversary of the MetroWest Tourism & Visitors Bureau and to kick off a regional branding campaign entitled “MORE MetroWest.” Most of the two-hour Thursday morning event, held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Westborough, was devoted to sharing and celebrating the qualities that make MetroWest MORE special. In roundtable discussion, attendees were asked, “What do you like MORE about MetroWest?” Answers ranged from “diversity of dining options” to “plentiful picknicking spots” to “handmade chocolate stores," said Bureau Executive Director Susan Nicholl. With attendees hailing from 20 towns and …
Friday, February 1, 2013
In 2011, the Cambridge-Framingham-Newton area was ranked 12th in the annual index by the Milken Institute; the area was ranked no. 1. in 2012 for technology.
Framingham is one of the 10 best communities in the nation for creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth, according to the 2012 Milken Institute's annual Best Performing Cities Index. San Jose tops the index in 2012. The San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif., vaulted from 50th in 2011 to its new no. 1 spot. The Milken Institute ranks more than 370 metropolitan areas into its annual Best Performing Cities Index. Framingham is merged together with Cambridge and Newton to form a metropolitan area. Last year, the Cambridge-Framingham-Newton area was ranked 12th. The index ranks American metropolitan areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth. The components include job, wage and salary, and technology …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Mexico City Taquería opened last Wednesday on Route 135.
As a teenager Mayra Ramirez learned all about how to make delicious fresh, homemade cuisine growing up in Mexico City from her mama. Since coming to the United States 13 years ago, Mayra and her husband Francisco have both been working in the food industry. But last Wednesday, the Framingham couple opened Mexico City Taquería, a take-out restaurant specializing in serving tacos, burritos, and other Mexican dishes. Now, they are the owners. "We serve food just like I cook at home," said Mayra Ramirez. "Everything is fresh. Nothing is frozen." Ramirez's husband is one of the chef's at the Taquería, which specializes in tacos. The menu has nine types of tacos - including veggie, chorizo and fresh fish, along with the traditional "carnitas, …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Framingham Planning Board and Board of Selectmen will jointly advance a plan to adopt the state's expedited permitting regulations for three areas of town where the town wants to encourage economic development.
Framingham Planning Board and Board of Selectmen will jointly advance a plan to adopt the state's expedited permitting regulations for three areas of town where the town wants to encourage economic development. The state's Chapter 43D regulation requires that communities make permitting decisions in designated areas within 180 days and make other changes, including establishing a single point of contact for permitting information. In Framingham, that person would be Planning Board Director John W. Grande. In exchange, Framingham would get a competitive boost for some state grant programs as well as assistance in marketing properties for development. Officials said the adoption will also send an important message to businesses that the …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Formosa Asian Market opened Saturday in Framingham.
Formosa Asian Market opened Saturday at 271 Worcester Rd. It is located in the plaza with Schezuan Gourmet and Play It Again Sports. The owner says this is the only Asian specialty market in MetroWest. Formosa Asian Market features fresh fruits, vegetables, Asian spices & specialties items. The market is owned and operated by Chia-Hsin (Eda) Chen, who recently received her MBA from F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Her mission is to re-introduce Asian culture to people in area through food, diet and entertaining. Stop by and tell them you heard about it from Framingham Patch! And thanks to Framingham Patch reader Marlene Aron for the photos!
Monday, December 17, 2012
The grand opening for the 4,200 square foot location in the Suburban Athletic Complex in Framingham is scheduled for January 2013.
The owners of Villari’s Family Martial Arts, as part of an aggressive New England expansion,will open both a family fitness center and regional headquarters in Framingham in early January. Extensive renovations and redesign are currently underway at the 10 Roxanna St. site. In addition to Shaolin Kempo Karate, Villari’s Family Martial Arts Center will offer classes in adult fitness, kickboxing and self-defense. Classes are structured for a diverse member base including children, parents, and busy professionals alike. “Villari's is very excited about the opportunity to offer our innovative martial arts, after-school and personal development programs to families throughout the MetroWest,” said, Mark Grupposo, Villari’s president. “At …