Mashpee Commons

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Mashpee Commons
North Street, Mashpee Commons, Mashpee MA.jpg
North Street
Location Mashpee, Massachusetts, USA
Coordinates 41°37′1.51″N 70°29′23.62″W / 41.6170861°N 70.4898944°W / 41.6170861; -70.4898944
Developer Cornish Development Associates
Management Mashpee Commons Limited Partnership
Architect Duany/Plater-Zyberk Consulting Firm
No. of stores and services 95
No. of anchor tenants Stop & Shop, GAP, Talbots
Total retail floor area 278,946 square feet (25,914.9 m2)
No. of floors two in The Gap and a few others, mostly one
Website Mashpee Commons Homepage

Mashpee Commons is located in Mashpee, Massachusetts, United States. It is an open air shopping center that is built in the style of New England town centers. It is world renowned, winning many awards and recognitions over the years because of its style.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Mashpee Commons originally started out in the 1960s as any other shopping center would. Then, it was known as the New Seabury Shopping Center. There was originally 62,000 square feet (5,800 m2) of retail floor area and a large, asphalt parking lot in front of it. The food store evolved into a Star Market over time until it was eventually closed around 2006 and divided up into shops. The theater lived on into today's Regal Cinemas.[1]

Transformation[edit]

In 1986, the shopping center was bought and redeveloped over the years into Mashpee Commons. The original building at the site took place in the Stop & Shop section of the development, the east side of Route 151. Areas fronting 151 also were part of the original development. Over the years the old grounds for the traveling fairs were built up into shops and other places.[1]

Future[edit]

There are many plans in place concerning the future of the shopping center. The developers plan to add more housing and businesses as well as giving it a village style green. This is important because before there was ever a commons, there was no center of town in Mashpee. This can be traced to it being a reservation to the Wampanoag, who were very different from the white settlers.

Community Events[edit]

The owners of Mashpee Commons are really community oriented which has shown in their actions concerning the community. During various stages of the year they host concerts, fireworks, Oktoberfest, and many other things.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nozzi, Dominic (5 April 2005). "Mashpee Commons: Before and After". Mashpee, Massachusetts: Walkablestreets.com. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 

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