Mashpee Commons Completes ‘Visioning Sessions’

MASHPEE – Mashpee Commons has recently completed a series of visioning sessions, soliciting public input to help determine the aesthetic future of the mixed-use development.

The development has been regionally and nationally recognized for decades as a model for community-based design and as the space continues to grow and evolve, officials reached out to the public.

Mashpee Commons spokesman Tony Simon Said that they received a lot of great feedback.

“The many, many thoughts and ideas that came from people, whether it’s more pedestrian friendly sidewalks on the Commons, or more opportunities for affordable housing, or more opportunities for economic development and jobs,” he said.

In the near-tern future, Mashpee Commons will be developing a mixed use neighborhood to help meet the community’s housing needs.

“It is well known that the best ideas are often derived from an open planning process that is inclusive of a community’s diverse spectrum of knowledge,” said Buff Chace, Managing General Partner of Mashpee Commons.

Project officials say that they developed the workshops to allow the public to be involved in conceptualizing the next phase of the commons.

The endeavor has already received initial support from town leaders following a presentation in September to the town’s planning board.

“Mashpee Commons has long served as a hub for community activities, and they’ve been one of the largest contributors to economic development in the town and the region,” said Rodney Collins, Mashpee Town Manager.

“The Town of Mashpee is excited to work with the Commons and the community to help design the future of the Commons. We know that its success will contribute to the success of Mashpee, and I commend the Mashpee Commons team for engaging in this community-centered planning process.”

Though still in the early planning phases, the mixed–use development project may include a zoning change for the commons, an increase of residential units, and potential roadway alterations.

Public concern has arisen concerning the project’s potential impact on traffic both during and following the completion of construction.

Mashpee Commons is already home to more than 100 restaurants, local small business, and national retailers, as well as nearly 70 apartments.

“We’re excited to initiate Mashpee Commons by Design to hear the ideas of the community, and we look forward to incorporating those ideas and feedback into our master plan. This process will make Mashpee Commons a stronger community asset for generations to come.”

By DAVID BEATTY, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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