What's in the Works

The Towns of Natick and Framingham are collaborating on a joint study of the area around I-90 Exit 13, known as the Golden Triangle. This study will result in a future vision for the study area — a 900+ acre area that includes small businesses, regional retail, and corporate campuses as well as residents — in order to guide growth, inform infrastructure investment, and improve quality of life for all.

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The Golden Triangle District (the “District”) is a critical economic engine for Framingham and Natick. Located strategically off Exit 13 of the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), the District is a regional hub for businesses, shoppers, and travelers. The District is home to a dynamic mix of mature companies and emerging startups, including the TJX Companies, Meditech, IDG, Heartware, and The MathWorks. The area is also known as New England’s premier retail shopping center, home to leading retailers housed at Shoppers World, the Natick Mall, and other shopping plazas. Finally, while the District is largely automobile-oriented, the area is starting to accommodate multiple transit options. The recently-expanded MassPort Logan Express facility, the inclusion of landscaped pedestrian paths throughout the area, and a near-finalized Cochituate Rail Trail point to the future utility of transportation alternatives.

Yet successful area development to date has created significant challenges, including:

  • Serious traffic delays, especially at Route 30/Speen Street and along Route 9;
  • Linear and disconnected development patterns that add to traffic delays;
  • Lack of realistic transportation/mobility alternatives to car-based transit;
  • Underutilized land and parcels;
  • Properties that straddle Town lines and are...