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Northborough Crossing, Northborough, MA

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Client Northborough Retail Properties, LLC
Newton, MA
Size 628,000 sf Retail / 382-unit
Apartment Mixed-Use Development
Status Complete

This unique mixed-use retail and residential development is located on a 157-acre site adjacent to the interchange of Route 9 and Route 20. Retail tenants include Wegman’s Supermarkets, BJ’s Wholesale Club with a Fueling Facility, and Kohl’s; the residential development is an AvalonBay community. VAI provided transportation planning, permitting, engineering/design, and construction inspection services for off-site improvements needed to support the projected 30,000 vehicles per day anticipated for the site. These services included modifications to the Route 9/Route 20 interchange including construction of new ramps to Route 9 and widening of Route 20 for approximately 3,500 lineal feet. Three new traffic signals were required for the project after review determined that roundabout designs would provide insufficient capacity for the project demands. On-site services included design of the main roadway through the site and internal intersections, which at one time included roundabouts, one-way couplets, and perimeter roadways. VAI also reviewed site plans and provided guidance on internal truck and pedestrian circulation. The project required Local Site Plan Approval through the town of Northborough including reviews with the town’s peer consultant; an extensive environmental review through the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) and the Shrewsbury and Northborough Conservation Commissions for the off-site roadway improvements; along with a detailed design review with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).

Throughout the process, VAI worked with the Clients and their engineers and architects as well as representatives of the Town of Northborough, MassDOT, and other organizations and authorities to ensure progress remained on track and met the Client’s requirements. VAI continues to provide transportation monitoring and design services to the Client with site expansions to bring the site to its current size.