The Boston Globe | By John Laidler
March 23, 2017
New stores and homes will soon rise on the site of the former Building 191Ž2 on Route 3A in Burlington, continuing the recent surge of activity to the town’s already bustling economy.
Workers began demolishing the four vacant buildings on the approximately 7-acre property on March 13 to make way for the mixed-use development.
Duffy Properties has received town approvals to construct 48,000 square feet of retail space and 29 residential units on the site, according to Steven P. Duffy, a principal of the Waltham-based firm.
Town Manager John Petrin said the project will bring to the downtown some of the economic development Burlington has enjoyed in its retail and office districts.
“We actually abut the property,” he said, noting that Town Hall, the Fire Department headquarters, and the Burlington Town Common are all in close proximity. “We look forward to this project really taking that eyesore away.”
Petrin said the development also will provide new restaurants and stores that are easily accessible to those who work in the area. “We don’t really have much to walk to here,” he said.
Waltham-based Duffy is a family-owned business that developed, owns, and manages about 500 apartments in Woburn and Waltham, and 1.5 million square feet of commercial space in 17 buildings in Burlington, Lexington, and Waltham, including three office buildings on Route 128 in Burlington.
The firm acquired the Route 3A site in early 2015 for $7 million from Building 19, which had vacated its store in late 2014. In addition to the two buildings that were used by the discount chain, the site included two buildings leased to other retailers.