Sunday, May 17, 2015

A Brief Update on the Bedford Marketplace Renovations


Construction continues at Bedford Marketplace. Above is the new building going up that faces Great Road. The left front of the building is expected to house a Bank with a drive thru in the rear. Once this building has been completed and tenants have moved in, the old building that housed Cafe Luigi's, Bank of America and other tenants will be demolished.


New trees have been added to the shopping center. The Green Bags around the base of the trees are known as Treegators. They are filled with about 15 gallons of water which is slowly released over a period of about a week. The bags are then refilled.



A new front entranceway has been proposed for Whole Foods.  The new addition which would stand in front of the existing storefront, has a maximum height of 45 feet.



The new 17,000 square foot building to the left of Marshall's. The section to the left of the telephone pole will be Red Heat Tavern which is expected to open this fall. The right section which is just under 12,000 square feet, appears to still be under negotiation with a prospective tenant (unconfirmed reports have indicated this may be a pet store). While the new buildings are all one story, they are much higher than the existing buildings.


As part of the renovation to help improve traffic flow, a left turn lane was just added (view is heading east on Great Road). The traffic signal still needs to be updated along with the no left turn sign on the traffic pole.



Above is a general overview of how the shopping center will look once renovations have been completed. The center building that currently houses Lincoln Liquors will be rebuilt closer to Great Road with the Liquor store being moved to the back of the building. In addition, a Learning Express Toys store has been proposed for the front of the building and is currently up for review by the zoning board of appeals.


14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I must be reading this wrong:

"The left front of the building is expected to house a Bank with a drive thru in the rear."

ANOTHER bank???

Anonymous said...

What will happen to Luigi's? We LOVE Luigi's.
I agree about ANOTHER BANK????? There are too many banks in Bedford already - what's up with that? It's getting to be the bank version of the auto mile.
Learning Express won't last. Luigi's would last.

Adam Schwartz said...

I am pretty sure it's one of the existing banks already in the shopping center - most likely Bank of America.

I haven't heard anything definite about Luigi's if they are staying or not. They might still be negotiations with the landlord.

Anonymous said...

I went to Luigi's the other night. The waitress said that they are definitely staying in that plaza, but they do not expect to have a bigger restaurant. It will be around the same size it is now.

Adam Schwartz said...

Hi Anonymous,

Thanks for the information. Good to know.

Anonymous said...

What in the world will happen with the already impossible traffic on Great Rd???????

Adam Schwartz said...

I'm actually thinking there will be a small improvement once the shopping center traffic flow changes have been finished along with the revised intersection/traffic signals in the center of town.

Anonymous said...

Any idea when construction will be finished and the tenants can move in?

Adam Schwartz said...

The building next to Marshall's (Red Heat Tavern, Pet Store) should be ready sometime this fall. Not sure on the other building but guessing it will be a few months behind.

Anonymous said...

Someone said the old radio shack was going to be a pet store. Sparta will be a pizza joint. And big lots is going where staples was. Do you have any info on that plaza?

Adam Schwartz said...

Hi Anonymous,

As far as Great Road Shopping Center, they just did some painting. As far as new stores, Ocean State Job Lot is expected to go in to where Staples was. Have not heard on the other spaces. I'll do some checking on that.

Lisa Chhorn said...

Who do I cantact for leasing information for Bedford marketplace ?

Adam Schwartz said...

Lisa,

Contact either Jenny Hart (jhart@dartco.com) 617.369.5910 or Scott Black (sblack@dartco.com) 617.369.5902.

Let me know how you make out.

Adam

Lisa Chhorn said...

Thank you Adam! I'll keep you posted