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Question of the Week: The Old Marshall's Plaza

What would you like to see there?

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Question:

What would you like to see in the old Marshall's plaza? Once closes its location in the plaza, it will be vacant. Tell us in the comments.

Update on the plaza:  The town is still awaiting word from Stop and Shop as to what will go in the plaza. The company is able to choose what is done with the plaza as long as it complies with current zoning at the site.  Town Manager Paul Cohen said the town has offered to consider rezoning the site, if necessary.

Estee Murray Ross October 28, 2011 at 10:51 PM
It would be prudent for the decision makers at Stop and Shop to listen to what the town residents want: after all they will be depending on us to support their new location and shop there to make it a success.
John November 21, 2011 at 05:47 PM
I don't think S&S would really allow a grocery store to go in there without much clamor. Although, they are actively looking for businesses to lease that space out to. I see it would be tough for them to try to figure out something with that space due to the increased desirability of space in other places, like the plaza in which Target is at in Lowell. A restaurant would be nice, but I wouldn't put one there myself. I think something like a Nordstrom Rack would have to be at a more visible location. I wouldn't be surprised if it would be awhile before something goes in.
Marie Shanahan May 16, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Forgive me for arriving late, having just moved to Chelmsford in April. However, I am already listening keenly to the discussions regarding the plaza. I hope it to be some manner of grocery store and a department/clothing store. I hope that Stop and Shop will take the honorable road and decide to forgo any stalling that they might be entitled to otherwise under the "zone law issues" as an entire community is waiting. Personally, I do not drive, so I have done all shopping so far via Peapod. But that's getting old, folks! Something needs to go there..
Swapnil Kashikar June 27, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Comment Part 1 ================ I like the "Chelmsford Village" concept with less asphalt and more greens. Technically, its "Lifestyle Retail" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lifestyle_center_(retail) Agree with Peggy Dunn: "Why look like every other town in the country when we can be uniquely Chelmsford! " Lets get Chelmsford even higher than #28 on Money magazine ranking of the best places to live in US. In my opinion, the renovation should have aims to: 1) Save driving time by bringing stores like trader joes, WF, B&N etc. nearby. 2) Make Chelmsford even more desirable to live and work at. 3) Provide a relaxing, fun place for families to spend time. 4) Balance mix of amenities: grocery, bookstore, high end fast food restaurant (like Chipotle, Fuddruckers. No McD, Wendy's or the ilk please).
Swapnil Kashikar June 27, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Comment Part 2 ================ With those aims in mind, here are my specific suggestions: 1. Make all parking underground. 2. Landscape the entire area with stores set in a village setting with meandering walkways, lawns and area for small performances overground. 3. Stores: B&N with Starbucks inside, Trader Joes/Whole foods, Chipotle, Jamba Juice etc. 4. Do Not open these stores: McD or ilk, Chuckecheese or ilk, Clothing store, Home goods store, any ice-cream shop -- basically avoid any store that is bad for health, is superfluous in the area, or cheapens the Chelmsford experience. Planners can draw inspiration from some excellent lifestyle center designs in midwest, west coast , north carolina etc. Here are two I have seen in person and liked: 1. The Shops at Friendly Center (Greensboro, North Carolina) 2. The Streets of Woodfield (Schaumburg, IL)

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