Construction along Route 20 takes on a myriad of faces, from bucolic to bustling. It’s a mixed bunch of housing, retail and office space.
“Each town has a very different personality,” said Paul Matthews, executive director of the 495/MetroWest Partnership, the organization that tagged Route 20 with the “schizophrenic” label in a 2004 report. “Some view Route 20 as a retail corridor, some view it as an employment corridor, and some view it as a housing corridor.” Next
Most of the land along the roadway in Wayland is zoned for residential use. Next
“I want to see more existing businesses redevelop and upgrade within their existing square footage — whether it’s better signage, making more landscape improvements — so when you drive down Route 20, it’s a better-looking roadway,” said Wayland town planner Sarkis Sarkisian. Next
Sudbury aims to make its Route 20 the town’s main street, according to planning and community development director Jody Kablack. Next
“There’s a couple of plazas, and there are a number of stand-alone commercial establishments,” Kablack said. “We really do need a better mix of businesses in town. We’re hoping to get them somewhat more close together so you actually can walk between them.” Next
Marlborough’s route is dotted with chain hotels, and the town’s Economic Development Corporation has a plan to further develop the area.
“There’s a lot of history on that stretch of road,” said Bryan Farr, founder and president of the Historic US Route 20 Association. “Some people will complain that there’s a lot of traffic, but you’re going through some of the oldest towns in Massachusetts. As you keep going west, in theory you’re going as the colony developed. That’s how I view it.” Back to the beginning
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