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TJX Cos. to expand headquarters

The parent of T.J. Maxx, TJX Cos., wants to add to its Framingham site.

Associated Press/file 2009

The parent of T.J. Maxx, TJX Cos., wants to add to its Framingham site.

TJX Cos. is seeking approval to build a 96,000-square-foot “Corporate Support Center” at its campus in Framingham.

The off-price retailer said the facility would include space for employee training, a product development library, a merchandise presentation center, and an employee fitness center. The estimated value of improvements related to the project is $23 million, said Amanda Loomis, a spokeswoman for the Framingham Planning Board.

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The board began a public hearing on the proposed building last week and will continue it on Oct. 28. Loomis said she expects a final vote on the project by December.

The new building would straddle the border between Framingham and Natick and require approval from both towns.

The facility is expected to add only five new jobs upon completion. But it is part of a larger agreement the retailer made with the Town of Framingham to complete $143 million in renovations and add 225 jobs to its headquarters over the next five years in exchange for local tax breaks.

Taryn Luna can be reached at taryn.luna@globe.com. Follower her on Twitter @tarynluna.
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