Waltham to Address Concerns of Slow Business Development

The move comes after concerns of slow business development in Waltham.

The former Polaroid site at 1265 Main St.
The former Polaroid site at 1265 Main St.
Waltham official plan to investigate how they attract and develops businesses to address concerns over delays in projects and vacant storefront, according to the Boston Globe.

City Councilor Tom Stanley, who sponsored a council resolution on the matter, said it will probably be sent to a subcommittee where officials would address the concerns with business leaders, according to the Globe. 

The plan comes in the wake of projects only being completed after many delays or some businesses turning down a chance to move to Waltham. The 1030 Main St. opened in 2012 after lengthy delays in connection with construction mistakes at the site. 

Boloco, a Boston-based burrito chain, had planned to move into a North Waltham location, but withdrew its plans after hitting hitting obstacles to its plans.

Also, the planned Market Basket for the former Polaroid site at 1265 Main St. is currently only hold after the company became embroiled in an internal company battle. 

What do you think? What can the city do to speed up business development? Share your thoughts in the comment box below.
Jason Bilsky January 23, 2014 at 08:31 AM
It sounds like someone is finally realizing that these projects are taking a lot longer than they should to complete, and going through a lot more red tape than they should. There should not be situations like with Boloco. Waltham should be TRYING to get business to move here, not frustrating them so much that they are forced to stop trying.
Jay D January 23, 2014 at 10:42 AM
Main Street and Moody Street are generally a disgrace with too much blight, vacancy and dollar stores. There are TWO adult store for goodness sake. Can't wait until I have to explain to my son what "adult novelties" are The town where I grew up had NONE of this- and its not a wealthy town- because the town was prpoperly managed. For example, they put in a specific business zone for adult stores in a far off commercial park area. None ever opened for that reason, and if one did, nobody would see it unless they drove out of their way to go there. If I wasn't so used to it I'd be disgusted. Too much mismanagement lately and it's infuriating. Yet some of the same people who have been strapping on the government feedbag in their lifelong jobs get voted in time after time with pathetically low turnout. Wake up folks!!
Proud Hamster January 23, 2014 at 10:49 AM
I like market basket but the city would be better served buy a sizable employer rather than another lowest-cost retail provider. Granted it will require people to stock shelves and bag groceries but these are not quality jobs. And its not like Waltham is in a "food desert" to use a lame left wing term.
ems January 23, 2014 at 12:23 PM
Best buy target Walmart
JohnnyMass January 24, 2014 at 08:15 AM
Business development is slow because there is no economic recovery. Another Obama snow job. And if you think that this is bad, wait until the Fed stops dumping money into Obama's foolish plan.


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