The Boston Globe | By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts
August 19, 2016
The owners of Shoppers World in Framingham have proposed a major expansion that would add entertainment and housing to help diversify and freshen up a property known as one of the nation’s first suburban malls.
DDR Corp. is looking to partner with The Bozzuto Group to build a new seven-story building on Flutie Pass in Framingham that would have 136 multi-family apartment units over five floors, a residential parking level, and bottom-floor retail space with Kings bowling.
A second building that would house an indoor skydiving facility has been proposed nearby on land located in Natick.
“The town of Framingham has encouraged us to explore this type of mixed-use project in what is otherwise a heavily dominated retail trade area,’’ Jeff Martin, vice president of development with DDR Corp. said in an email. “We see the benefits of densification — creating a project that can support shopping, dining, and entertainment all under a single roof — which will cut down the amount of single-purpose vehicular trips, foster a sense of community and promote a more vibrant experience.’’
Currently, Shoppers World is a 100 percent-leased, 783,856-square-foot shopping center anchored by Marshalls, Best Buy, Nordstrom Rack, Kohl’s, TJ Maxx and AMC Theatres
DDR would own and manage the retail component of the expansion, and Bozzuto, the housing. Plans call for the new buildings to be constructed on an existing parking lot across from the AMC Theaters and adjacent to Shoppers World.