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What’s developing in Walpole?

January 25, 2016

Below is a summary of some of the new commercial and residential developments being proposed, being constructed, or currently being actively reviewed by town boards, in Walpole.

There has been minimal, if any, coverage of most of these projects in any other local media outlet, which is unfortunate. It is important that residents be kept in the loop about projects going on in their own hometown.

After reaching out to various officials and concerned citizens who have been following each of these projects, and scouring key town board meeting minutes going back at least a year, 180 has compiled a brief summary of the major projects below, in no particular order:

  • A developer is proposing to construct a new 135-room, 16,000 square foot hotel on Route 1 in Walpole adjacent to the Speedway gas station. The site is currently occupied by a vacant lot. There would also be an 8,000 square foot retail use on the site.
  • A developer is proposing to construct a 12-unit townhouse condo complex on a 5-acre site near Eastover Road and East Street across from Walpole Woodworkers.
  • There is a proposal to construct a mixed-use retail and residential complex downtown, at the former Kendall Mill. There would be approximately 200 residential units, leased at or near market rates.
  • A developer is proposing to construct an age-qualified (55+) housing complex with about 30 units at 164 Pine Street near The Preserve and Ganawatte Drive, on the Sharon town line.
  • There has been town board discussion of a proposal to construct a subdivision called Eastside Place, made up of 18 single family homes, near what is now the Lewis Castle, at 470 East Street. There would be two roadways, one called Isaac’s Path, which would run along the current driveway to Lewis Castle across from Natalie Lane. There would be a second street called Nichols Pond Road. The castle would remain intact and the developers claim they want to preserve the look and feel of the neighborhood’s current rural, historical setting.
  • A developer is proposing to construct a two-phase subdivision at the former Sunnyrock Farm on North Street that would connect to Fisher Street. The first phase, Olmsted Estates, would be made up of 11 lots, and the second phase, Roscommon, would be made up of about 37 lots.
  • A proposal to construct a 157-unit affordable housing complex on Moose Hill Road continues to move ahead. There is also a proposal for a 40B complex on Baker Street near the Sharon town line. Both projects are currently being litigated. Due to the state 40B law, both projects will almost certainly come to fruition, but the specifics need to be hammered out in a way that does not adversely impact the surrounding neighborhoods.
  • The former Brookline Moving Company building on Old Post Road near Route 1 at the Walpole/Sharon line was demolished to make way for a new Dunkin Donuts’ and a new retail store next to it that is slated to be a 12,900-square foot pharmacy, bank, or dry cleaner. The existing nearby office building and C. Scott’s convenience store will remain.
  • Developer John Marini is constructing a three-story retail and residential building at 1429 Main Street, across from Bristol Square. The building’s first floor would have retail, while the second and third floors would have residential units.
  • A developer is proposing to construct an eight-home subdivision called Boyden Estates in the vicinity of 323 and 327 Summer Street. Two existing homes will remain, and six additional homes would be constructed.
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