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Residents, Officials Celebrate Wayland Town Center Groundbreaking

A list of restaurants and services were announced at the groundbreaking.

In the middle of piles of brown dirt studded with the tracks of heavy equipment, white tents shaded rows of chairs filled with members of the Wayland community excited to be a part of the official groundbreaking for Wayland Town Center.

Richard Bornstein, CEO of KGI Properties, told the crowd that Friday's groundbreaking was a "celebration of the culmination of years of hard work."

Many of the individuals who put in that hard work, including past and current town officials as well as local business owners, were in the audience for official start of a project seven years in the making.

Linda Segal currently serves on Wayland's Zoning Board of Appeals, but has served in various capacities with the town throughout the years. She said she remembered the first meeting about Wayland Town Center back in April 2005. The groundbreaking, she said, represented land being put to good use.

"The transition from the Raytheon site to a redevelopment is because of everyone's hard work, including Raytheon's," Segal said. The site of Wayland Town Center was once the site of a Raytheon facility and, for a short time, a Polaroid facility. Raytheon has spent many years working with the town to decontaminate the site and make it once again usable.

Segal said she wasn't as concerned with the type of development going in as she was with the fact that the land has been cleaned up and made usable.

Still, "a mixed-use certainly sounds like a good option."

And mixed-use -- or perhaps widely varied use -- does describe the plan for Wayland Town Center.

Bornstein told the audience that while Stop & Shop will anchor the development, multiple other businesses are already under contract to fill as much as 70 percent of the space. Restaurants include Panera Bread and Bertucci's among others. Services include Middlesex Savings Bank, Supercuts, Anton's Cleaners and Town Center Orthodontics. Retail will include a local wine shop, Bottled of Wayland.

"It's a precise blend of nationally recognized and local tenants," Bornstein told the crowd.

With an opening date now just, "over the horizon," Bornstein said the expectation is that more tenants will begin coming forward. A breakfast geared toward addressing the questions of potential local tenants is schedule for May 2 from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. at .

"We hope this [Wayland Town Center] becomes a daily destination for you," Bornstein told the crowd.

Longtime Wayland resident and local business owner Lew Russell spoke as one of the business owners in town who has been instrumental in working with KGI Properties to bring Wayland Town Center to fruition.

Russell called the groundbreaking a "very special day for Wayland." He said he often heard from visitors to Wayland that it was a "nice town," but there was "no center." Russell told the crowd he was happy that there would at last be a center.

Steel for the construction of Stop & Shop is expected to begin appearing on the site soon. Once Phase 1 of the construction is complete, Phase 2 can begin, which will bring an additional 70,000 square feet to the development.

Donnie Gladu April 20, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Even though this will only affect my commute going home at 4 pm I believe that no one has a clue as to how much traffic and traffic night mares this will cause. They can't handle the traffic that goes through the center now and that's knowing how much traffic there already is. Good luck to Wayland but BIG BIG mistake. Donnie
Anna Laura Rosow April 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM
I am underwhelmed by the list of tenants. Oh, boy -- another bank, salon, and dentist.
Cynthia Hill April 21, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Where's the gym I've been pleading for? Nothing upscale about this place, at least not yet. A big blah... Would have been more like our own TC if residents had some input.....what about a non chain restaurant? A great place for coffee- no, not another Starbucks.... And don't forget a proper playground.
Brooklyn Lowery (Editor) April 21, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Good thoughts, All. I hear you on the desire for local businesses and I did get the impression that is a goal (though I obviously can't guarantee that). There is a meeting specifically for local business tenants coming soon. Also, this list of tenants isn't comprehensive ... And I do seem to remember mention of a gym. We shall see ... Keep the thoughts coming.
Richard P Turner April 22, 2012 at 01:23 AM
I would love to see a dunkin Doughnuts one you can sit down in they are great gathering place and how about a 5 guys hamburger joint how about hooters(LOL)
Margret Krakauer April 22, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I'm hoping for a local ice cream store as well as a cafe that fills the role that Caraways had for years. Echoing Richard Turner, we need places where folks of all ages can buy coffee, have breakfast or lunch, and gather and chat. I'd also love a bakery and some unusual gift store. I would also expect that the whole area has WiFi.
GMM April 27, 2012 at 07:01 PM
I have to agree with some of the other posts that some of tenants of this project are underwhelming. We recently moved to Wayland and we were very excited about the Town center idea. However, when I read the list of tenants which include Radio Shack, Super Cuts, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, Dunkin Donuts, Massage Envy, and Bertucci’s we were disappointed. I believe the list of tenants will make or break this project and as it stands right now it doesn’t look good. Personally I would love to see a local coffee house and bakery (similar to Flour Bakery). Restaurant ideas would include seafood (think Captain Marden’s) BBQ (Firefly’s, Blue Ribbon), Sushi (Oishi) restaurants or a high end restaurant from Columbus Hospitality Group. Also, I would prefer Stone Hearth Pizza or FlatBread pizza over Bertucci’s. A great place for infants and children would be Magic Beans or Isis Maternity. My point being is I wish the project would support more independent local businesses rather than big corporate chains. I believe there is enough money in Wayland and the surrounding towns to support a center that isn’t cheesy. Just my two cents.
Brooklyn Lowery (Editor) April 27, 2012 at 07:59 PM
@Margaret. Wifi is an idea I haven't heard. As someone who relies on good Internet for her job, I tend to think the whole world should be Wifi equipped. :)
MRC May 21, 2012 at 11:57 PM
I echo the above sentiments- great local coffee/tea spot with a nice sit down area, a higher end gym,an ice cream shop, wifi enabled. I want to really emphasize a playground and green space for families to gather!!! I would also add a place to get healthy, quick meals such as the "Liquid Planet" franchise from the Midwest (or Fresh City).
NSJ August 19, 2012 at 10:46 PM
What a disappointment! We recently moved to Wayland and were excited about the new Town Center. We thought Wayland had more class then to mimic the same strip mall tenants that can be found in the natick and Framingham. We moved to Wayland to get away from those chain stores, but somehow they have found us.
purplejackie September 03, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Been here 16 years and I am really disappointed that all of the things I was told Wayland did not want to have are going to be in the town center. Really, do we need all the strip mall stuff we have in other towns?- so sad-- maybe it's time to move to a town that wants to have a classier New England atmosphere.
Daniel Iknaian September 20, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Hi all I was originally intending on opening a jewelry store with a jeweler on-site. We are a family owned operation and this would be a reopening of our business. I am just wondering how receptive some of you would be to something like this? What kept us away is the high rent but seeing that Wayland is a very upscale community we may reconsider if we could get some sort of a response. In response to the comments made about chain stores, these huge developments need national tenants that can pay the rents they ask for initially to operate a place of this size. If the town is receptive to it then you will see some small businesses coming in.
YouMustBe Kidding October 10, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Wow, all they can do is build the mall, whats wrong with you people, If you want tenants of a certain type, go sign the lease and open yourself. Take the risk, invest the money or go to your favorite places and talk them into it , or offer to partner with them.....Hey gym guy, whats up, Bosse not good enough for you, go open a golds, I'm sure that will class wayland up....oh wait no it won't. We have all known for years that stop and shop was coming, not the highest on the supermarket list, what did you expect a louis vuitton shop that serves filet when you walk in the door to window shop?
YOLO November 08, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Trees or an open beautiful field would have been better. Very disappointing to see, Wayland is turning into Sudbury. What happen to being original.
Mai Broekman November 13, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Agree. Very sad. We were afraid the "Town Center" would just be a euphemism for another strip mall and sadly we were right. Lots of traffic woes and it doesn't sound like much of a "gathering place." Big mistake.
Katie Murray December 10, 2012 at 11:38 PM
I agree and I live in Wayland Center. Our town is greedy for tax revenue, so anything goes. Katie
Katie Murray December 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Yes, we wnat to see an ice cream stop, and what about a small cafe where I coul bring a friend for tea or coffee. A hot dog diner place would be good and quaint. Personally, if I see one more greedy bank, I will puke! Enough with the disgusting banks! katie
Katie Murray December 10, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Yes, I agree with the above! I'm sick of seeing Verizon on every corner too! What about a few places for the average Joe living in Wayland?
Katie Murray December 10, 2012 at 11:55 PM
What planet are you on? In this Obama-world, who has money for jewelry? Get a grip! Some of us may never afford jewelry again.
Katie Murray December 11, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Greed trumped wisdom in Wayland. It always does. Wayland is only a town for teh rich and famous. Wasn't always this way. Take heart! Due to the mega taxes Wayland will reap from the new town center, all of our property taxes should go down considerably, don't you think?

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