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Polaroid site developers to hold public meeting in Waltham tonight

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  January 24, 2013 02:35 PM

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An aerial photo shows the mile-long strip of land that formerly house the Polaroid site being culled for construction of 1265 Main St., a mixed-use development.

The developers of 1265 Main St., home of the former Polaroid site, will hold a public meeting tonight to gather residents' input on the massive development project slated for the property.

The meeting will take place at 119 School St. at 7 p.m. in Waltham, according to the developer's blog. Residents attending can ask questions, and the developer will also divulge specific details about the project.

Last month, the developers announced a number of finalized commercial tenants for the 280,000 square foot planned mixed-use plaza, including Market Basket, Starbucks, Marshalls, TD Bank, Bonefish Grill, and Jake-n-Joes Sports Grille.

The developers will be submitting consideration for drive-through uses to the Waltham City Council in the near future, they said in an email to Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy.

Developers also said they are working diligently to add more fashion retailers and potential office tenants for the site, but currently do not have any commitments to announce.

Provided the developers' NStar relocations remain on schedule, construction of these six store spaces will begin by late March or April, with projected partial occupancy by the end of 2013, according to the email.

The announcement of retail tenants at the site comes after City Councilors and nearby residents were told that blasting at the site along Rte. 128 will continue into the spring. Waltham residents and officials were originally told that the rock and ledge blasting would be completed by October 2012.

According to their blog, developers this month focused on drilling a rock knoll that will be the future home of Market Basket.

During January, developers also said they will continue to work on finalizing tenants and on construction drawings, as well as site layout.

"We will continue to install guardrails, roadways, retaining walls and sub-base to meet specific design criteria and to prepare for building construction this spring," the blog said.

For more information, visit the developers' website.

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