July Downtown Digest

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DOWNTOWN DIGEST - JULY 2017
spurring growth in our urban core

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!  

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