Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Mashpee Commons near Cape Cod represents one of the great sprawl retrofit efforts where a dying strip mall was transformed into a lively main street setting.
Granted, not all is perfect and it did require amazing feats of regulatory flexibility but, now, 25 years later, Mashpee should be celebrated for giving a glimpse into how an outdated retail model can be reconfigured into a place of vitality:
This year marks 25 years since Douglas Storrs and partner Arnold "Buff" Chace first began developing Mashpee Commons. Though the project may be best known for its shopping, the goal was never just to create a successful commercial real estate enterprise; it was to build a neighborhood.
"That's the environment people want to shop in, work in, live in," Storrs said. "This is a very different thing to do."
And today, a quarter-century after the first permits were issued, the developers, town leaders and many members of the community believe the project has succeeded.
Read the entire story, here.