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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Polaroid site developer makes key filing

WALTHAM

The New York-based developer that purchased the 120-acre site of the former Polaroid headquarters last summer has filed an environmental notification form with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office.

The Related Companies made the announcement in a brief statement released this morning. The company said its plans for the Main Street site are still preliminary but will include both retail and office uses. Polaroid had used the property primarily for office space and chemical manufacturing.

The environmental filing, made earlier this month, allows the developer to move forward with involvement in a set of proposed traffic improvements at the Route 20 interchange of Route 128.

The privately financed project would extend and widen nearby Green Street so it can serve as a connector to Route 117. Related is partnering with Sam Park and Company, which wants to build a retail and office park on Green Street, to finance it. Federal funding has been allocated as well.

The public has until Feb. 12 to comment on the filing, which is posted on the MEPA office website at mass.gov/envir/mepa.

-- Stephanie Siek

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