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     SUNDAY AUGUST 20, 2017  ~  DOWNTOWN DOUBLE HEADER
 
Cafe Crawl with History & Architecture Tour  9:30 am

Summer Haze with Summer Breeze Beer Garden  1 pm - 5 pm
 
hosted by the Framingham Downtown Renaissance
The presenting sponsor of Summer Haze is Lyft, the app that matches local drivers to passengers at the tap of a button.

- New Lyft riders can get up to $10 in free Lyft credit by downloading the Lyft app on our website (HERE) or by entering the code SUMMERHAZE before taking your first ride.

- You can leave your car at home and get a ride to Summer Haze in minutes with Lyft!
Tickets: 1 for $10 or 2 for $15.00    
     -  Each ticket includes a commemorative coaster, t-shirt, and reusable shop small bag!  
     -  Savor bites at 8 cafes while taking in our great history and architecture!  
     -  Review the
tour route and recommended parking map
These talented, friendly, and hard-working folks are eager to meet you on our Cafe Crawl!
Catch a glimpse of all the action that we have prepared for our Summer Haze and Summer Breeze Beer Garden!  There is no better time to embrace your inner dork!
Tickets: 1 for $10.00 or 2 for $15.00
- Winning team receives 30% of the registration fees
- Hosted by Wicked Cornhole
Taste delicacies from five downtown eateries, including three 2017 newcomers.
Enjoy your food inside the adjacent Summer Breeze Beer Garden.
Tickets: 1 for $30 
- Our world-class, local mural artist Sorin Bica will provide individual guidance for a tailored painting experience on the scenic Gleason Pond waterfront
- Ticket includes cost of all supplies and instructions
 
We're so thrilled to have CORE Fitness put on its fabulous ZUMBA demonstration!  Get motivated and burn a few calories at the Summer Haze!

No on-site parking, so take LYFT

or walk, cycle, skateboard, run, skip, rollerblade...

Get $10 in Lyft credit with code SUMMERHAZE

MEET OUR
 LOCAL SPONSORS

Dr. Sumbul Naqvi (center) leads Atlantis Dental at 118 Concord Street.  Dr. Naqvi chose to sponsor Summer Haze because she champions open space protection and access to clean water. Be sure to visit the Atlantis Dental booth!
Bill has lived in Framingham for more than 40 years.  He and his family are excited to sponsor the Summer Haze, and they will bring a few of their own exciting surprise activities to the park!  

IN-KIND SUPPORT GOES A LONG WAY!

Manny and John are the brothers that keep downtown Framingham produce-secure with their expansive selection of fruits and vegetables at Tesoro Supermarket at 80 Hollis Street.  Stop by their table to stay happy, healthy, and hydrated!
These organizations and businesses are providing needed tables and canopies:

Graphic Design Support and Sound System provided by:

Richard Hudson of Tetra Tech
Become a Summer Haze sponsor today!
It turns out that security on a Sunday is pretty expensive, but we recognize the high value and need for events just like these in our diverse downtown.  
 

MARK ALL YOUR CALENDARS

September is chock full of excitement!  Web links coming soon!
THANK YOU FOR JOINING
the great downtown revitalization! 
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     SUNDAY AUGUST 20, 2017  ~  DOWNTOWN DOUBLEHEADER
 
Cafe Crawl with History & Architecture Tour  9:30 am

Summer Haze with Summer Breeze Beer Garden  1 pm - 5 pm
 

hosted by the Framingham Downtown Renaissance
The presenting sponsor of Summer Haze is Lyft, the app that matches local drivers to passengers at the tap of a button.

- New Lyft riders can get up to
$10 in free Lyft credit by downloading the Lyft app on our website (HERE) or by entering the code SUMMERHAZE before taking your first ride.

-
You can leave your car at home and get a ride to Summer Haze in minutes with Lyft!
Tickets: 1 for $10 or 2 for $15.00    
     -  Each ticket includes a commemorative coaster, t-shirt, and reusable shop small bag!  
     -  Savor bites at 8 cafes while taking in our great history and architecture!  
     -  Review the
tour route and recommended parking map
These talented, friendly, and hard-working folks are eager to meet you on our Cafe Crawl!
Catch a glimpse of all the action that we have prepared for our Summer Haze and Summer Breeze Beer Garden!  There is no better time to embrace your inner dork!
Tickets: 1 for $10.00 or 2 for $15.00
- Winning team receives 30% of the registration fees
- Hosted by Wicked Cornhole
Taste delicacies from five downtown eateries, including three 2017 newcomers.
Enjoy your food inside the adjacent Summer Breeze Beer Garden.
Tickets: 1 for $30 
- Our world-class, local mural artist Sorin Bica will provide individual guidance for a tailored painting experience on the scenic Gleason Pond waterfront
- Ticket includes cost of all supplies and instructions
 
We're so thrilled to have CORE Fitness put on its fabulous ZUMBA demonstration!  Get motivated and burn a few calories at the Summer Haze!

No on-site parking, so take LYFT

or walk, cycle, skateboard, run, skip, rollerblade...

Get $10 in Lyft credit with code SUMMERHAZE

MEET OUR
 LOCAL SPONSORS

Dr. Sumbul Naqvi (center) leads Atlantis Dental at 118 Concord Street.  She is a health care and wellness pioneer who has volunteered without hesitation to help spur growth in downtown Framingham.   Dr. Naqvi chose to sponsor Summer Haze because she champions open space protection and access to clean water. Be sure to visit the Atlantis Dental booth, where you can even recycle your toothbrushes!  
Bill has lived in Framingham for more than 40 years.  As an employee of the United States Postal Service for the past 18 years, he loves taking care of his neighbors.  He and his family are excited to sponsor the Summer Haze, and they will bring a few of their own exciting surprise activities to the park!  

IN-KIND SUPPORT GOES A LONG WAY!

Manny and John are the brothers that keep downtown Framingham produce-secure with their expansive selection of fruits and vegetables at Tesoro Supermarket at 80 Hollis Street.  Stop by their table to stay happy, healthy, and hydrated!
These organizations and businesses are providing needed tables and canopies:

Graphic Design Support and Sound System provided by:

Richard Hudson of Tetra Tech
Become a Summer Haze sponsor today!
It turns out that security on a Sunday is pretty expensive, but we recognize the high value and need for events just like these in our diverse downtown.  
 
THANK YOU FOR JOINING
the great downtown revitalization! 
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DOWNTOWN DIGEST - JULY 2017
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MAKING PROGRESS

six areas we're committed to enhancing
1)  Contingency plan for managed on-street parking - DONE
- In May 2017, a petition was signed by business leaders in the Downtown Framingham Business Coalition requesting a contingency plan to manage on-street parking using lamp-post signage during the absence of meters.  
-  On June 14, the proposed contingency plan was presented to the Framingham Traffic Roadway and Safety Committee and endorsed for advancement to the Board of Selectmen's meeting on June 27.
- On June 27, the proposed contingency plan was approved with a unanimous 4-0 vote by the Board of Selectmen.  
- In early July, 2-hour parking signage was visible throughout downtown's main business streets.



2) Bracket Sign Installation - THIS|CLOSE
- In June 2017, the first bracket (perpendicular) sign permit in decades was approved by the Inspectional Services Department within 48 hours of submission by the Framingham Downtown Renaissance on behalf of our new business Danny Sullivan's, which is located at 102 Irving Street (as authorized under Sign Bylaw Article VII 1.9.2).
- In July 2017, the environmental review was completed by the Massachusetts Historical Commission, and the Sign and Facade Application was approved by the Board of Selectmen.  

- After receiving required property-related documentation and contract signatures, the new bracket sign should be erected by September 2017. 



3)  Comprehensive waste management
- A consensus-building appeal letter will be presented in July and August to all tenants and property owners in the urban core to promote the use of one responsive and accountable waste management vendor in our mixed-use, dense environment.
- A request for proposal (to include a downtown commercial recycling center) will be released this fall.


4)  Sidewalk activation plan 
- In May 2017, storefront businesses along Concord Street and Union Avenue were canvassed about preferences for storefront sidewalk usage.  Usage guidelines were formulated that included liability and insurance components.  These guidelines were reviewed at the May 2017 Downtown Framingham Business Coalition meeting.
- In June 2017, the proposed sidewalk activation guidelines were shared with major Town stakeholders, include Fire, Police, Public Works, and Inspectional Services Departments.
- In July 2017, the Town Counsel identified the legal pathway and permit and/or license template requirements to facilitate development and deployment of the downtown sidewalk activation plan.

- This fall we will continue collaborating with involved stakeholders to develop the necessary application forms to better activate our beautiful new downtown sidewalks.

5)  Traffic assessments
- In June 2017, Phase I of our traffic count collection focused on commercial volume at the intersection of Routes 126 and 135, which was executed and completed with support from our partners MEDIA BOSS and the Bullard Building, LLC
- In July 2017, Phase II of our traffic count collection will commence at the intersection of Hollis and Irving Streets with support from MEDIA BOSS and Commercial Property Specialists
- Data collection results will inform safety elements inherent to high-level Complete Streets implementation which impacts residents, pedestrians, and cyclists, among other users.

6)  Placemaking and programming
- In May 2017, we met with Town of Framingham planners and members of the Sudbury Valley Trustees to evaluate potential sites for improved green space usage which also highlighted challenges from contamination and marshlands.
- In July 2017, we discussed potential public art and high-level placemaking opportunities with the Town of Framingham, to include possible 2018 programming elements on the Town plaza, Downtown Common, 380 Waverly Street lot, 301 Howard Street park, Depot Diner lot, Gallagher Park and Farm Pond.   Potential regular programming includes concerts, ice rinks, bee farms, community gardens, and public markets, which can be catalyzed through a Patronicity fundraiser.
- In fall 2017, we will continue identifying and prioritizing placemaking opportunities with local artisans and affected property owners.

 

downtown framingham business coalition

excelling faster, together
Downtown Framingham Business Coalition
Tailored consultations
Our three-member team will meet individually with each business to gather feedback on the following: 
- parking management
- sidewalk activation
- appeal for one waste management vendor
- quarterly business survey
- sign and facade needs
- facilitate RamCash vending

- September meeting time

EXCITING UPCOMING EVENTS

August 20 is Downtown Framingham Day!
1)  Cafe Crawl with history & architecture tour
Sunday, August 20th | 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Tickets: 1 for $10.00 or 2 for $15.00
2)  Summer Haze at Gallagher Park on Gleason Pond

Sunday, August 20th | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
-  Register today for the First Annual Framingham Cornhole Tournament courtesy of Wicked Cornhole!

Situated at the northern edge of downtown Framingham, Gallagher Park effectively UNITES north and south Framingham in one extremely cozy, shady park that overlooks a gorgeous pond.  

Become a sponsor today!

Summer Ambassador Spotlight 


"My name is Leslie White Harvey. I live in Framingham (future District 8) with my family. I grew up in the Caribbean island of Dominica. I moved here years ago to attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree. I love living in close proximity to downtown Framingham. I am able to walk to enjoy the many things Framingham has to offer. I appreciate the numerous diverse restaurants, coffee shops,  stores, and salons. The dining downtown is very affordable and the close proximity allows you to visit more than one destination in one trip. Having choices of sit down family style and take out options is a plus. The breweries downtown have an open concept feel and great food. I love that there is live music and open mic sessions in some restaurants. Downtown Framingham is becoming a destination for foodies. 

"As a resident of Framingham, I enjoy the fact that there is ample parking if I choose to drive. I am able to conduct business such as town hall, banking, library, enjoy art, and get a bite to eat all within the same area. The library also has an affordable book sale with books for all ages of various genres. Also in downtown Framingham is the conveniently located commuter rail station. This is a great way for families to be able to easily access other MetroWest communities and the Boston area. People in these areas can also travel to downtown Framingham to enjoy all that we have to offer. 

"I am also an avid runner who has raised thousands of dollars for various Framingham organizations. I enjoy running on the very wide and clean sidewalks of downtown Framingham. I was honored with a banner with my photo for running 2017 Boston Marathon, and I was so elated to see the banner hanging in downtown Framingham. It was an incredible honor.

"I enjoyed being a volunteer for the very first annual Mural Mile event in Framingham which generated money for Framingham High School college scholarships.  It was a successful collaboration between the Framingham Downtown Renaissance and the Greater Framingham Running Club, which I am a member of. I look forward to collaborating  with Framingham Downtown Renaissance and participating in any future events. The events have been great community builders filled with networking opportunities which often lead to friendships. 

"Downtown has so much to offer for all families of Framingham and beyond.   

"Thank you so much for choosing me to be the Ambassador for downtown Framingham. I am humbled and honored. I love calling Framingham home."

Sincerely,

Leslie White Harvey 


CIRCLE OF WINNERS

Wicked Local 2017 Favorites
REGIONAL GOLD WINNER
FRESCAFE
82 Concord Street Framingham, MA 01702
158 East Central Street Natick, MA 01760
REGIONAL GOLD WINNER
CREATIVE CARPET
340 Waverly Street Framingham, MA 01702
REGIONAL SILVER WINNER
THE AZTEC RESTAURANT
2 Waverly Street Framingham, MA 01702
REGIONAL SILVER WINNER
JACK'S ABBY CRAFT LAGERS
100 Clinton Street Framingham, MA 01702
REGIONAL SILVER WINNER
PANZA SHOES
48 Union Avenue Framingham, MA 01702
REGIONAL SILVER WINNER
METROWEST MEDICAL CENTER
115 Lincoln Street Framingham, MA 01702
Wicked Local Downtown Framingham Town Winners
  • Jack's Abby Craft Lagers
  • Waverly Market
  • Deluxe Depot Diner
  • Aztec Restaurant
  • El Maya Restaurant
  • Taqueria Mexico
  • Wings Over Framingham
  • Pho Dakao Framingham
  • Creative Carpet Framingham
  • Monnick Supply
  • Panza Shoes
AND...MEDIA BOSS won an astounding
7 Telly Awards for Excellence

SMALL BUSINESS ACTIVITY


- Mega Realty (16 Union Ave) and the new MMA / Jiu Jitsu Studio (12 Concord) are in the midst of serious internal demolitions

- Amazing Things Art Center teamed with McAuliffe Library for four summer concerts  


- BRZ Insurance (107 Concord) GRAND OPENING is AUGUST 5!

- CORE Fitness (84 Concord) holds outdoor fitness classes

- Chang Express (42 Concord) has requested new facade improvements through the Sign and Facade Program

- Danny Sullivan's (102 Concord) installed a new 50 gallon per minute grease trap

- Deluxe Depot Diner is undergoing exciting new branding with MEDIA BOSS

- El Mariachi (358 Waverly) introduced a fresh splash of lime color on its facade

- Exhibit 'A' Brewing Co. (81 Morton Street) 
celebrates its one year anniversary this August!

- Frescafe (82 Concord) just revamped its specials menu

- Jack's Abby (100 Clinton) raised more than $25,000 for its MS Bike Team!

- MetroWest Health Care Academy recently opened its training facility at 100 Concord Street Suite 2A

- Pho Dakao (101 Concord) is researching exciting facade improvements

- Sofa Cafe (181 Concord) received its new giant roaster to promote retail operations


- Springdale Beer Barrel Room (102 Clinton) co-hosted the First Annual We're Funk'd Festival to support Easter Seals and the Multiple Sclerosis Society 

- Studio 3 English (35 Tripp Street, Studio 3) started community ESL classes on July 17

- Taqueria Mexico (40 Concord) is preparing to install a new sign in conjunction with exciting facade improvements 

- Sweet Home Furniture is coming soon to 145 Concord Street

JOB OPPORTUNITIES


- 1854 Cycling Company - Bicycle Mechanic

- Deluxe Depot Diner - 417 Waverly Street 

- Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company - 81 Morton Street 

- Jack's Abby - 100 Clinton Street 

IN THE NEWS

TIME FOR GRATITUDE
you're actively helping to achieve shared goals for downtown prosperity 
We're so grateful to Gloria Pasqual and the MetroWest Medical Center for their generous donation to our recent Mural Mile Road Race!  We're working hard to improve public health and encourage walking and cycling in our urban core. 
We had a memorable journey on Friday, June 16th as we sauntered in a torrential downpour!  Our participants came from nearby communities, including Natick, Ashland, Worcester, and Burlington. We're excited to attract more great people to the wonderful, welcoming character of the establishments along our colorful, walkable streetscape.  Everyone had a great time particpating in our social games likes friending bingo and the Springdale Scavenger Hunt.
Like true rock stars, we will be on the road a lot during the upcoming year.  We strive to drive awareness throughout Massachusetts about our friendly, lively downtown.  At Skybokx 109 in Natick, we interacted with more than 200 people and raised funding through the GroupRaise platform.  We chatted with folks from all over the country that were intrigued about downtown Framingham and expressed the importance of supporting small businesses!  

SCENES FROM DOWNTOWN

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Public Board Meeting & Summer Funder

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Public Board Meeting       Thursday, July 13 at 8:00 AM 
Memorial Building - Ablondi Room (West Entrance) 
150 Concord Street Framingham, MA 01702
- Hear from our sub-committees 
- Online roll-out for the Downtown Framingham Business Coalition
- Discover our progress on public policy initiatives
- Stay informed on signature events
 
SET THAT "SUMMER FUNDER" CALENDAR REMINDER!
Tuesday July 11th        4 pm - 9 pm
Skybokx 109  319 Speen Street Natick MA 01760
We're hitting the road throughout Massachusetts, campaigning hard to exclaim the good word on all Downtown Framingham has to offer!
tour stop 1: Skybokx 109

1) GroupRaise "Change the World over Dinner" is a fundraising platform that helps non-profit organizations set-up and organize funders.  

2) FREE raffle for gift cards to our downtown shops & restaurants

3) Great SWAG (shirts and coasters) for all who eat and donate back to us

4) Handy activity flyers!

5) Meet our board members and interns who are working hard to produce tangible, meaningful outcomes in downtown Framingham!
 

Can't attend?  Donate here today!

Help sustain our vast mission!

  1. Comprehensive waste management in a dense, mixed-use environment
  2. Collaboration with the Framingham Police Department to help protect on-street parking for customers
  3. Development of a new storefront sidewalk usage model
  4. Creation of the Downtown Framingham Business Coalition to increase cohesion, technical assistance, and activism 
  5. Calendar of robust events that aim to drive repeat foot traffic
  6. Activity flyers for all ages and interests
And by the way...
THANK YOU FOR JOINING US
We're proud to be here!
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Dine out for Downtown

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TUESDAY | July 11th | 4 pm - 9 pm | Skybokx 109 | 319 SPEEN STREET
We need 20 RSVPs by July 8th!  RSVP here today!

Why Skybokx 109?  Why Natick?!?

1) GroupRaise "Change the World over Dinner" is a fundraising platform that helps non-profit organizations quickly and easily set-up and organize funders.  

2) No Framingham restaurants participate in GroupRaise.

3) Don't worry - we'll be promoting our great downtown businesses at the event (door prizes)!

4) We want our downtown businesses to keep all their profits to support venue enhancements and employee growth! 

5) Got a fundraising idea?  Email us with the details!

Can't attend?  Donate here today!

Help sustain our vast mission!

  1. Comprehensive waste management in a dense, mixed-use environment
  2. Collaboration with the Framingham Police Department to help protect on-street parking for customers
  3. Development of a new storefront sidewalk usage model
  4. Creation of the Downtown Framingham Business Coalition to increase cohesion, technical assistance, and activism 
  5. Calendar of robust events that aim to drive repeat foot traffic
  6. Activity flyers for all ages and interests
Mark your calendars - full details coming soon!
get excited!  links will be up soon!
THANK YOU FOR JOINING
We're proud to be here!
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almost Summer Saunter
   Friday, June 16th 
embark on your next social adventure

almost Summer Saunter Top 6

  1. Discover great things, new and different, from our spirited community
  2. Create personal connections to our small-business heroes
  3. Burn calories walking between venues
  4. Relax with others without any pressure to drink or spend
  5. Participate in fun games and cherish wonderful memories
  6. Go ahead and brag about your experiences on social media
Get to know the locals who bring the 'almost Summer Saunter' to life!

here's your adventure line-up

6 PM

Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company 
       81 Morton Street  

  • Friending Bingo!
  • Warm, friendly staff
     

WHOA! WHAT’S UP WITH THE LOOK OF HAIR RAISER?

 


 

7 PM

Springdale Beer Barrel Room
    102 Clinton Street       

  • Springdale Scavenger Hunt
  • Great assortment of interactive games!
     

Experiments in IPA land
 


 

8 PM 

Deluxe Depot Diner
417 Waverly Street  

  • Downtown Historical Trivia
  • Rustic ambiance and Depot Test Kitchen!
     

Read here about the talented young manager!
 


 

9 PM

 Pho Dakao
101 Concord Street

  • Art Expression Table
  • Lively jazz to lift your spirits
     

Featured in the Phantom Gourmet
 


 

10 PM

    El Mariachi  
    358 Waverly Street 

  • Dance off & Karaoke!
  • Colorful ambiance and tasty bites
 

Get to know the owners and read reviews!
 


 

 

11 PM

DANNY SULLIVAN'S
102 Irving Street


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TICKETS

$10.00
  • Adventure passport
  • One FDR shirt (choice of two designs!)
  • Collectible almost Summer Saunter coaster
  • Reusable shop local bag (Framingham will be plastic-free in 2018!)
  • One domestic draft from Danny Sullivan's
 
* ticket-holders who attend ALL stops get a chance to win a shirt from their favorite summer saunter spot (where available)
THANK YOU FOR JOINING
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DOWNTOWN DIGEST - JUNE 2017
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Safe, Sound, and Prosperous


The Framingham Police Department (FPD) just released a snapshot of downtown crime data, which revealed a drastic reduction in reported crime from 2015 to 2016.  
 
Overall, there was a 75.8% decrease of reported crimes from 2015 to 2016 in downtown Framingham.
The most frequent offense, suspicious activity, decreased by 77.2%.

We encourage you to come to downtown Framingham during the day or night, just as we do!  Not only will you add "more eyes on the street", but you will also enjoy the bright lights, smooth sidewalks, friendly people, and the cultural ambiance.   Please continue to support our Fire Department, Auxiliary Police Force, Emergency Medical Services, Department of Public Works, and of course, our Police.  These departments work together vigilantly to create a safe, walkable downtown where everyone can really enjoy life!  Special thanks to FPD Crime Data Analyst, Kate Curtis-Bozio, and FPD Public Information Officer, Lt. Grigas, for supplying this important data to the Framingham Downtown Renaissance.  We have also placed a new grant request for complimentary security features.  

INSPIRING COMMUNITY EVENTS

almost Summer Saunter Community Stroll
Friday, June 16th | 6 pm
Spend the evening walking between great venues, chatting with hard-working locals, and enjoying music and conversation in this wonderfully diverse area.  There is zero pressure to drink alcoholic beverages or even spend money at every venue.   We're here to build community and enjoy walking!
$10 ticket includes:
1) T-shirt
2) almost Summer Saunter coaster
3) Complimentary domestic draft from Danny Sullivan's (with ID)
4) Adventure passport
5) Reusable shop-small bag

* attend ALL stops & get a chance to win a shirt from your favorite saunter spot!
Downtown Framingham Business Coalition
Tuesday, June 27th | 9:30 am
Deluxe Depot Diner | 417 Waverly St
- update on on-street parking management
- update on outdoor seating roll-out
- appeal for one waste management vendor
- quarterly business survey
- roll-out Downtown Discount Club! 
Dine Out for Downtown
fundraiser meal to share your dreams for downtown!
Tuesday, July 11th | 4 pm to 9 pm
Skybokx 109 | 319 Speen Street Natick, MA 
RSVP


Our neighbors at Skybokx 109 in Natick are excited about the resurgence of downtown Framingham, and they are giving back 15% of meal proceeds so that our non-profit can continue its vital work!  Please RSVP today, and join us to discuss your hopes and dreams for downtown Framingham.
Watch this clip to learn all about the great people who work downtown!

POLICY PROGRESS

five areas we're committed to enhancing
1)  Comprehensive waste management
- A consensus-building appeal letter will be sent in June to all businesses, landlords and property owners to promote the use of one responsive and accountable vendor.
- A request for proposal (to include a downtown commercial recycling center) will be released in September.


2)  Contingency plan for managed on-street parking
- In May, a petition was signed by business leaders in the Downtown Framingham Business Coalition requesting a contingency plan to manage on-street parking during the absence of meters.  
- The feasibility and implementation of this contingency plan will be addressed at the next  Framingham Traffic Roadway and Safety Committee meeting on June 14.


3)  Sidewalk usage guidelines
- In May, storefront businesses along Concord Street and Union Avenue were canvassed about preferences for storefront sidewalk usage.
- In May, usage guidelines were formulated that included liability and insurance matters.
- Meetings with key Town of Framingham department stakeholders will be held to ensure complete compliance with ADA regulations.


4)  Data collection and assessments of heavy trucking
- Data collection of heavy trucking movements will commence in June with support from our partners MEDIA BOSS and Bullard Building, LLC.  This evidence-based research will inform the impacts of extra heavy trucking in our mixed-use environment that includes walkers and cyclists.
- Data collection results will be shared with pertinent community and government stakeholders.


5)  Open space planning
- In May, we met with Town of Framingham planners and members of the Sudbury Valley Trustees to evaluate potential sites for improved green space usage which also highlighted challenges from contamination and marshlands.
- Will review models for standing-up a committee to oversee a potential new community garden location along with identifying participants to manage the garden.
- Will work in the field to collect public feedback on the usage of open spaces and how these spaces can enhance the quality of life for those who live or transit near them.

COMMUNITY FOOD ASSESSMENT SURVEY 

MetroWest Moves presents this survey to gauge food availability and barriers to food access.  Results will guide healthy eating and active living initiatives.
 

SMALL BUSINESS ACTIVITY


- Mega Realty (16 Union Ave) ,  BRZ Insurance (107 Concord), and the new MMA / Jiu Jitsu Studio (12 Concord) are in the midst of serious internal demolitions

- Amazing Things Art Center is holding its spring appeal!  Donate today!

- ATOS Boutique (100 Concord) 
revamped its storefront window display

- Bella Woodworking (113 Concord) installed a beautiful new business sign

- C&N Installation found a new home in Suite 204B of the Bullard Building after the December fire

- Danny Sullivan's (102 Concord) installed a new tap system

- Deluxe Depot Diner now serves our downtown micro-roaster, Hogan Brothers Coffee

- El Mariachi (358 Waverly) installed a great new patio

- Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company (81 Morton Street) 
is seeking musicians (email info@exhibit-a-brewing.com)

- Frescafe (82 Concord) added tacos, taco salad, and quesadillas to the lunch menu

- Jack's Abby (100 Clinton) recently added a brunch menu along with its new seasonal craft brews

- Sabor de Casa (40 Hollis) opened its doors!  Try their hot dogs and sandwiches.  

- Sofa Cafe (181 Concord) held its grand opening.  
Three paint + coffee events are on June 9, 10, & 11

Springdale Beer Barrel Room (102 Clinton) expanded its summer hours and rolled out new brews

- Studio 3 English (35 Tripp Street, Studio 3) just opened and starts community ESL classes on July 17

- Sweet Home Furniture is coming soon to 145 Concord Street

JOB OPPORTUNITIES



- Atlantis Dental - 118 Concord Street -   Dental Receptionist

- Jack's Abby - 100 Clinton Street - Digital Marketing Coordinator, Beer Hall Staff
 

IN THE NEWS

TIME FOR GRATITUDE
these partners have helped us achieve shared goals for downtown prosperity 
During the spring semester, Framingham State University students in Professor Colleen Coyne's business writing course visited downtown Framingham and formed strategies to regularly draw students downtown.  One group researched how students should be introduced to downtown Framingham, including plans for a moonlight breakfast event.  The second group studied how to effectively advertise and market a live entertainment event to students.  As a non-profit, we cannot fully express how wonderful it was to visit and work with these inspiring students.
This spring, Atlantis Dental participated in three of our events.  They have personally sponsored the Mural Mile Road Race and the brewCycle events. They are a faithful participant in our annual marathon celebration.  Dr. Sumbul Naqvi is an active director on our Board of Directors, and she helps with the Downtown Framingham Business Coalition.  This partnership reinforces and sustains growth (and great teeth, too)!
Cheryl Cohen of Cheryl Cohen Mosaics Art Center in Holliston just provided us a wonderful donation to ensure we can continue our important work and pay our administrative expenses.   We are so grateful for Cheryl's faith in our work and mission, and Cheryl is a wonderful neighbor in Ashland.  
Again, we're so grateful for the leadership from Jack's Abby Brewing Company and the entire management and staff at the Springdale Beer Barrel Room.  They encouraged us to use their space to hold our first ever Taste of Downtown Framingham, and they are committed to raising up other businesses and restaurants in our downtown core.  This selflessness and team spirit will blanket our downtown with continued success.
Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company not only serves great craft brews, but they also seek to support downtown.   The leadership team was extremely gracious in supporting our recent brewCycle event, which promoted cycling and walking infrastructure while also catalyzing a culture change that seeks respect for all modes of travel.  

SCENES FROM DOWNTOWN

DOWNTOWN AMBASSADOR
what it takes to be a game-changer
Adam is the Department Head of Social Studies for Grade 8 at Wellesley Middle School, and he is on the Town of Framingham Transitional Bylaw Review Committee.

“It is amazing to me how much Framingham’s downtown has changed in just the past few years. The addition of a thriving arts scene and so many new, different restaurants and breweries are putting downtown Framingham on the map as a place to visit for our residents and for people who live across Metrowest. I love getting the word out that there is much to do and see; I know when I take friends from out of town to meet up there, they are impressed and envious of the cultural diversity we are lucky to have in our home. I can’t wait to see what the next few years has in store for our downtown.”  
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brewCycle  Sunday, May 21st | 12- 4 pm 
The Framingham Downtown Renaissance is keeping the momentum high in Downtown Framingham
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official Bike Week Boston event!


We've shut down the 80 block of Morton Street.
Explore the best FREE block party in Framingham


experience the
Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company outdoor beer garden.


go Downtown - bike - walk - or park at 37 Waverly Street

brewCycle TOP 5

  1. Voice your support for enhanced walking & cycling infrastructure
  2. SURPRISE your kids with a FREE cycling safety rodeo
  3. Never get stuck again - try the FREE fix-a-flat bike clinic hosted by n+1 cyclery
  4. Check out new and vintage bikes from our local, small-business cycling companies,      n+1 cyclery & 1854 Cycling Company
  5. Shrink your carbon footprint while you savor the great GottaQ BBQ Truck, enjoy jams from the sustainable Holt Hill Audio, and sample one of the many great craft brews from Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company