Mashpee Commons Discusses Expansion Plans


MASHPEE – Since a well-attended session which allowed residents to ask questions and give feedback, the Mashpee Commons has been moving steadily ahead with their mixed use expansion. 

Representatives met with the Board of Selectmen on October 30th, and will hold another public session on December 2nd at the Public library. 

The  plans  include business and residential units as well as open space. 

Arnold Chase Jr., the managing general Partner, explains one reason why the plans make residences a major part of the proposed plans: 

“Retail, as we know, is a changing phenomenon now.   So much of it e-commerce, and we, as a limited partnership, feel that vulnerability.”  

The current housing at the commons is fully leased and there is a waiting list for future openings. 

Chase says the coming expansion phases raise many questions: 

“Creating a walk-able mixed-use neighborhood, what is that like?   What’s the character of those streets?   What are the character(s) of those greens, parks and trails that might exist?” 

It is hoped that people interacting indoors and outdoors in a casual fashion will attract younger people and provide a boost to business development. 

The Cape Cod commission has, so far, been largely positive about the expansion plans.          

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