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Development proposal for controversial Wellesley parcel to be unveiled

Posted August 30, 2007 11:55 AM

WELLESLEY

The Board of Selectmen and the Wellesley Planning Board will hold a special town forum on Thursday, Sept. 6, to discuss a proposal for the development of the former Grossman's hardware property at 27 Washington St.

The new owner of the property, National Development, will present its proposal for a retail and office building and two residential buildings on the currently vacant lot in Lower Falls.

The five-acre site has been vacant since 1994, when the Stop & Shop grocery chain obtained a long-term lease in hopes of building a 50,000-square-foot store there. Town officials and local residents objected to the size of the project and refused the necessary permits, prompting Stop & Shop to file suit. The property has been inactive for 13 years, except as an unofficial overflow parking lot for local business patrons.

This spring, National Development of Newton Lower Falls purchased the property from the Truman Realty Trust and promised to work with town officials to develop a proposal that the town can support. The company will present its proposal at the forum, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at town hall.

-- Lisa Keen

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