Smart growth proposals along Route 9

Ideas to be presented at a forum Tuesday:

The Golden Triangle

The retail area along Route 9 from the Speen Street interchange in Natick to Route 30 in Framingham, including Shoppers World and Natick Mall:


 Locate buildings closer to the street, with parking moved to the rear.

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 Improve access for pedestrians and bicyclists.

 Possible “air rights” buildings across Route 9.

Framingham Centre

The area encompassing the historic town center on Route 9 near Framingham State University:


 Reorganize parking and access roads to create
a shopping village.

 Build an enclosed pedestrian walkway crossing above Route 9.


The Route 9 and Oak Hill Road intersection and surrounding area in Southborough:

 Place buildings closer to street corners to create
a “village” feel.


Add landscaped medians to slow traffic and ease pedestrian crossings.

Source: Metropolitan Area Planning Council