Update - Downtown Safety Meeting 9/18 at 6 pm

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*DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY SAFETY MEETING*
Monday, September 18th        6 pm - 8pm
Sofa Cafe  181 Concord Street

The Framingham Downtown Renaissance is hosting a Downtown Community Safety Meeting with the Downtown Framingham Business Coalition, downtown residents, and fellow community activists.  The meeting will be issue-based and solutions-driven.

- Downtown workers, residents, and property owners can register to testify here.   We'll be going live from Sofa Cafe to share our experiences and define steps to create a safer, more welcoming environment. 
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Sept Board Meeting & 9/18 Safety Meeting

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Public Board Meeting       Thursday, September 14 at 8:00 AM 
Memorial Building - Ablondi Room (West Entrance) 
150 Concord Street Framingham, MA 01702
- Hear from our sub-committees 
- Stay tuned for our 2018 plans
- Discover our progress on public policy initiatives
- Stay informed on signature events
*DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY SAFETY MEETING*
Monday, September 18th        6 pm - 8pm
Memorial Building - Albondi Room  150 Concord Street

The Framingham Downtown Renaissance is hosting a Downtown Community Safety Meeting that will be comprised of a panel of town leaders, to include the Town Manager, Chief of Police, Director of Highway and Sanitation, and Executive Director of the Downtown Renaissance.  The meeting will be issue-based and solutions-driven (not a forum for political candidates).

- Downtown workers, residents, and property owners can register to testify here.

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DOWNTOWN DIGEST - AUG/SEPT 2017
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LEADING THE WAY

Brandale + Tiago:  Be the Change you Want to See
Brandale Randolph, owner and operator at the 1854 Cycling Company, and Tiago Prado, CEO at the recently opened BRZ Insurance, are new downtown business leaders that also serve on the Board of Directors for the Framingham Downtown Renaissance.  We're excited to bring their vision straight to you!




Why Downtown Framingham? This month, FDR spoke with local business leaders to hear why they chose Framingham and what they hope to see in the future.

We spoke with Tiago Prado, co-founder of BRZ insurance, in his modern glass-box meeting room at 107 Concord Street to find out why he chose Framingham for his new business.

Tiago:  “Well, first diversity was a key factor. A large percentage of the population speaks a language other than English at home, and that’s our target market.  The second was affordability. And third was the connection with the town.  My partner and his family, they’ve been here for 20 plus years.”

Framingham is home to a diverse population, something Brandale Randolph and his wife noticed when they were deciding on a home.

Brandale:  “We chose to live here because, when we were looking through all of the towns… when we looked at the schools, their websites had more diversity in the kids that were represented. I couldn’t quite get with a town that didn’t celebrate its diversity.   I would rather be in a town that doesn’t hide from it.”

Framingham’s diverse population requires companies and services to be creative to make the most of citizens’ unique backgrounds and lifestyles.  What do Tiago and Brandale’s businesses bring to the unique population in Framingham? Education.

Tiago:  “We don’t see ourselves as insurance sales people - we’re risk managers.  It’s different - we help our clients to manage their exposures.  The only way you can do that is by educating them so they can actually understand what they’re exposed to."

For Brandale, the Federal Women’s Prison in Framingham has become his outlet to educate.

Brandale: “Here are skilled women who don’t necessarily get a chance to re-enter society in a positive way, and let’s train them to give skilled labor, because even if they don’t work for me making bicycles, we’ve now embedded some sort of confidence prior to their release. So when they go back to the job market, then they do have the confidence that they can perform more than just a menial task."

So, what do Tiago and Brandale see for the future of Framingham? For Tiago, 2027 was a little too far-fetched.

Tiago:  “I think it’s really hard to look out 10, 20, or 30 years.   I think it’s better to look ahead five years. I think there will be an improvement to the facades and the stores. I think there will be a store rotation.   And I think there will be businesses that will no longer be around due to technology, unfortunately.”

For Brandale, downtown’s future was very clear, and very green…

Brandale:  “I see Framingham as one of those places where we can innovate in ways that other towns and cities…. are not able to… because they made the decision to become a city before we had advanced technology.  For instance, I see downtown Framingham as a place that’s going to have access to Smart Streets. We could have the Vision Zero that Boston’s trying to implement right now. We could have solar powered streets, or streets that are accessible to driverless cars.   I believe we’ll be able to get there faster because we’re getting there just now, instead of trying to get there years ago before a lot of things had been invented… Framingham is a clean slate.”

- interviews conducted by Shanleigh Reardon, senior Framingham State University

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Downtown Framingham Business Coalition
Our three-member team recently met individually with our downtown businesses, and the following matters were expressed as most important:
- ease of customer parking through improved wayfinding
- promoting an enhanced environment for patrons, specifically in Irving Square
- sign and facade updates
- facilitating RamCash vending

Register today for FREE upcoming training for our downtown small businesses:

Demystify social media and digital marketing - FREE one-day seminar hosted by the Retailers Association of Massachusetts                                                           
   Thursday, September 14th  9 am - 4 pm 
   Springdale Beer Barrel Room  102 Clinton Street

Sometimes supporting businesses simply means being a friendly sidewalk greeter.  On a nice day, #SittingOutForSolidarity can be very rewarding!


 

PARTNERING FOR RESULTS

 
Over the past month, we've established a strong working relationship with Verizon.  One by one, we're working together through open, frequent communications to improve our downtown utility poles.  The pole below is adjacent to the Arlington Street Park.
 

PRODUCE SECURE

Get healthy - walk to the store, buy fruits & veggies, and then walk back home!
The downtown community is lucky!  Residents can simply walk to the grocery store, pick up fresh fruits and vegetables, and then walk back home.  Many own small push carts that are perfect for trips to the market.  This activity reduces traffic congestion and cuts down on pollution and the use of fossil fuels.  

Here is a snapshot of our produce offerings:

1) El Pikante Foods (530 Waverly Street and 40 Union Avenue)
2) Tesoro Supermarket (80 Hollis Street)
3) Seabra Foods (208 Waverly Street)
4) Brothers Meat Market (113 Irving Street)
5) Casa de Carnes (125 Howard Street)


 

EXCITING UPCOMING EVENTS

Mark your calendars for our FOUR big events this September!
Boutique Blitz and Cultural Tour with Gallery 160 Party
Saturday, September 9th | 4:15 pm - 10:00 pm
Tickets: 1 for $10.00 or 2 for $15.00

Lyft presents College Underground & Nightfall Buffet
Friday, September 15th | 9 pm - 12 am

-  College Students! Register today for the $5.00 nightfall buffet
-  Relish a night filled with friends, games, prizes and great music! Use Lyft code COLLEGEUNDERGROUND to get $10.00 off your ride!

Harvest Walk
Friday, September 29 | 7 pm - 11 pm

- Register today for our fun-filled, community building adventure! 
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You won't believe all the awesome things you'll receive throughout the night!

COMMUNITY EVENT BOARD

So many great upcoming events in downtown Framingham! 
PARTNER EVENTS THROUGHOUT FRAMINGHAM:
 
- Sustainable with Style Fashion Show | September 23rd - 5 pm at Fireseed Arts

- Framingham Community Farm End-of-Season Event | October 7 afternoon     Edwards Church
GUEST CONTRIBUTOR!

SMALL BUSINESS ACTIVITY

Investing in a thriving downtown!
 
- Amazing Things Art Center holds its first new show on September 1st with Bill Staines

- BRZ Insurance (107 Concord) opened on August 7th!

- CORE Fitness (84 Concord) completed a Zumba demonstration at our Summer Haze

- Chang Express' (42 Concord) request for new facade improvements has been approved by the Mass Historical Commission

- Deluxe Depot Diner was featured on our Cafe Crawl and Summer Haze Fab Five Food Fest

- El Mariachi (358 Waverly) unveiled its all-day breakfast menu

- Exhibit 'A' Brewing Co. (81 Morton Street) hosted its first Summer Breeze Beer Garden


- Frescafe (82 Concord) just installed new tables and was featured on our Cafe Crawl and Summer Haze Fab Five Food Fest

- J
ack's Abby (100 Clinton) unleashed a social media campaign featuring its Copper Legend and #honortodayslegends

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

- Padaria Brasil Bakery (165 Concord Street) introduced its hand-scooped ice cream and participated in our Cafe Crawl

- Sabor de Casa (40 Hollis Street) supported the Fab Five Food Fest at our Summer Haze 

- Shining Stars Preschool (214 Concord Street) just opened and is enrolling students for the new school year.

- Sofa Cafe (181 Concord) supported our Cafe Crawl and Fab Five Food Fest at the Summer Haze

- Springdale Beer Barrel Room (102 Clinton) introduced its Cerebus 5000 system.

- Sweet Home Furniture is coming soon to 145 Concord Street

- Tropical Cafe (85 Hollis Street) supported our Cafe Crawl and is looking to expand its capacity to support larger entertainment shows

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Build your career in downtown Framingham!
 
- Sofa Cafe - Barista

- Deluxe Depot Diner - 417 Waverly Street 

- Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company - 81 Morton Street 

- Jack's Abby - 100 Clinton Street (16 positions)

GO DOWNTOWN & GET ENTERTAINED

Great arts, entertainment, and wellness activites to support our growing social scene!
 

MONTHLY AMBASSADOR

It's on us!


"I think it's important to support downtown Framingham because it's my town. I like the diversity there. I like the restaurants and bakeries. I want the businesses to succeed. I'm happy with the improvements and investment we are making in downtown. I think a more successful and vibrant downtown makes for a more successful and vibrant Framingham." - Marjorie Hansen

GIVING BACK TO OUR NEIGHBORS

Downtown Framingham champion Dan Borelli is working hard to repair the Ashland Memorial Healing Garden after it was vandalized. Please join Ashland Citizens Action Committee - Clean Up Ashland on September 9th for a tour of the garden and Superfund site to raise money to repair the damage done by vandalists.
 

TIME FOR GRATITUDE

Making a difference - one dollar at a time!
Through ride-share apps like Lyft, downtown Framingham will have more people car-pooling and fewer people looking for parking spaces.  These efforts not only reduce CO2 emissions and brake pad debris, but it also de-congests our road ways which makes travel much safer for our pedestrians and cyclists.   We are so thankful to Lyft for sponsoring our events and helping us bring our dreams into reality!
We take safety seriously, and Avidia Bank is supporting our efforts to create a safer, more welcoming environment in our colorful, walkable urban core. Through coordination with the Framingham Police Department and Department of Public Works, we will soon be installing a high-definition 360 degree camera into our downtown! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
We're so grateful to Parks and Recreation for supporting our Summer Haze park party by providing trash cans and picnic tables.  Thank you for meeting with us and brainstorming ways to make this event fun and successful during its first year.  Also, thank you for helping to make the Summer Breeze Beer Garden a reality.  We were able to host a fun and safe time for the families in downtown Framingham, and we cannot wait to use Gallagher Park for future programming.
Thank you to the Framingham Department of Public Works for providing road barriers for the Summer Haze Park Party and police barriers for the Summer Breeze Beer Garden.  We saved so much money through your materials and hard labor.   We don't take these contributions lightly, and we are forever indebted to all the support you have shown us all year long.  Thank you again for being a reliable partner for downtown Framingham's community growth!
Thank you to Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company for hosting the Summer Breeze Beer Garden with an immediate "yes"!   Also, thank you for contributing proceeds back to our organization so we can continue our important mission.  We're so thankful to have you as a downtown business leader!
Diane Pabst provided a donation toward our public arts scene that will be matched through her employer! THANK YOU SO MUCH!  We're so thrilled to start adding more splashes of artistic color to our downtown!
We're so grateful to TITLE Boxing Club for supporting our recent Summer Haze park party at Gallagher Park.  It was so rewarding to spend the day with them as we work hard to promote and use our green space in downtown Framingham!  We can't wait to do it again!
Thank you to Michael P. Cannon & Associates for helping to sponsor both the Cafe Crawl and the Summer Haze.  We're so grateful for your unwavering belief in our ongoing and highly complex initiatives. We can't wait to bring our community together on more occasions! 
Dr. Sumbul Naqvi from Atlantis Dental is a true community player! Not only does she sit on the Framingham Downtown Renaissance Board of Directors, but she also actively works on our Downtown Framingham Business Coalition.  We appreciate your time and financial support of the Summer Haze!
Thank you to Bill Lynch for supporting our downtown Framingham party, Summer Haze, at Gallagher Park.  It was a gorgeous day, and your friends and facepainters really contributed to the community spirit!  

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Downtown Day is Sunday, August 20th (make-up August 27th)
Spurring Growth in the Urban Core
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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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Cafe Crawl, Summer Haze, & Summer Breeze Beer Garden

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Downtown Day is Sunday, August 20th (make-up August 27th)
Spurring Growth in the Urban Core
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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.

 

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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!  

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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
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