First phase of Market and Main project set to open in Bedford
The first phase of the Market and Main project is taking shape at the former Macy’s site in Bedford, where TFMoran has designed the large, mixed-use development for Encore Retail, headquartered in Dallas.
“The name Market and Main comes from our new roadways — ‘Main Street,’ which, unlike many other local towns, Bedford does not already have. And ‘Market Street,’ heading towards the Whole Foods plaza,” said Nicholas Barber, president of Encore Retail. “So Market and Main is a logical name for the complex, representing the place in town where everyone wants to meet.”
According to Barber, “the property is strategically positioned along South River Road at the high-traffic intersection of Route 101, I-293 and the Everett Turnpike, and its proximity and direct access to the Whole Foods plaza make it a regional destination,” Barber added.
Designed as a walkable lifestyle center, the project contains over 350,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, office, hospitality and entertainment space, with an interior village green, pergolas and other pedestrian-friendly fixtures, wide sidewalks and pocket parks. The complex includes seven new buildings and two new parking garages.
Hutter Construction of New Ipswich began work at the site in March 2017. The first phase — which includes a Trader Joe’s and a restaurant, The Friendly Toast — is set to open in March, to be followed by a cinema, a variety of high-end restaurants and retail shops, and an office building and hotel.
TFMoran is responsible for the structural engineering of the garages, as well as civil/site and traffic engineering, permitting, land surveying and landscape architectural services for the entire development. Architect Prellwitz Chilinski Associates of Cambridge, Mass., has incorporated brick, granite, cast stone masonry, painted wood and metal in a palette of modern materials and historical colors throughout the complex.
Market and Main is being built just south of the Goffe Mill Plaza, which includes a Whole Foods Market, additional restaurants and retail space, a bank and 75 apartment units. TFMoran said the proximity of the two sites enabled it to design dense and efficient layouts by leveraging traffic, parking and drainage benefits of mixed-use development and providing safe pedestrian connections between major uses.
TFMoran has designed several large mixed-use developments in recent years that integrate residential, institutional, industrial and cultural components in a pedestrian-oriented model, as opposed to the traditional vehicle-oriented shopping center or office park format.
“Placing this variety of uses within walking distance reduces vehicle traffic, parking lots, stormwater runoff, improves air quality and permits denser development of the existing core areas of our communities,” said TFMoran President Robert Duval. “Since mixed-use developments use infrastructure more efficiently, increase municipal tax revenue and add employment opportunities while reducing the negative impacts of development, we expect that they will become an increasingly important factor in the revitalization of cities and towns in New Hampshire and throughout New England.”