Officials from The Kraft Group made a courtesy call to the Foxborough Planning Board last week, offering informal details of a three-building plan to expand the Patriot Place mall by adding another hotel, a large retail store, and a “quick-serve” restaurant.
The new construction would rise from 6 acres south of the existing Renaissance Hotel on the Route 1 property and serve as a pedestrian connection between the north and south marketplaces, according to Dan Krantz, the company’s director of site development.
NPP Development, a building arm of The Kraft Group — which owns the mall, Gillette Stadium, and the New England Patriots football team — will submit a formal site plan for review in 30 to 60 days, Krantz said.
The land where the development is targeted is currently used for stadium parking, and construction would eliminate about 900 parking spaces, officials said. The building plan includes a hotel with up to 150 rooms, a 14,500-square-foot retail store, and a 4,500-square-foot “quick-serve” restaurant, all three of which Krantz declined to name.
Foxborough town planner Sharon Wason said eliminating those parking spaces for the stadium should not be a concern, since a traffic management plan the Krafts submitted to the town in December shows an 8 percent surplus of parking spaces on game days.
”It’s obvious that they deliberately oriented the buildings, parking, and landscaping to create a pedestrian way from the north market to the south, utilizing the existing pedestrian tunnels,’’ Wason said.
The businesses themselves are also the types that residents who participated in recent focus groups said they would like to see more of, Wason said.
“Of course, the town won’t say no to more hotel/motel or meals taxes,’’ she said, adding that the proposed new construction is also consistent with the area’s master plan.
During the same meeting, Krantz also updated Planning Board members on other new developments at Patriot Place, including the arrival of tenants Cupcake Charlie’s and Ulta Beauty.
Other Kraft Group officials have also recently said that the Brigham and Women’s/Mass General Healthcare Center at the mall is doing so well the vacant third floor is being expanded to accommodate more primary medical care services, which is what the community has indicated it needs.
“Personally, the greatest asset to Patriot Place is this facility — I’ve had to use it several times,” said Selectman Mark Sullivan.Michele Morgan Bolton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.