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The future of Needham

Posted by Ralph Ranalli June 15, 2007 09:09 AM

NEEDHAM

Town planners will soon next week conceptual plans for the redevelopment of Needham Center, the Heights, and the Chestnut Street Business District. Residents also will learn why businesses such as the Gap never come to town – and why Needham is fast becoming the retail banking capital of the western suburbs.

The Planning Board and the Needham Center Study Committee will discuss the existing land use, zoning, parking, traffic, transportation and local market trends at an informational meeting later this month.

Town Manager Kate Fitzpatrick said she has made it her goal to revitalize Needham’s local economy.

Over the past two years, the town has approved a 350-unit affordable housing project in the Needham Business Center. The town also has aimed to revamp the Heights section of town, by green-lighting the jazz restaurant Blu on Highland and paving the way for a combination apartment and business complex in the vacant gas station on 868 Highland Avenue.

The informational meeting will take place Monday, June 25, from 7 to 9:45 p.m., at the Broadmeadow school’s Performance Center.

-– Lauren K. Meade

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