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Market & Main Project Featured in The Bedford Bulletin

The ongoing project of Market & Main has been featured on the front page of the Bedford Bulletin’s January issue. TFMoran has been working with client Encore Enterprises on this project, providing Civil, Structural, and Traffic Engineering, Permitting, Landscape Architecture, and Land Surveying Services for the long-awaited development.

The plans previously included a 1,200 seat Regal Cinema, as well as a five-level parking garage. The development is now moving forward after the Bedford Planning Board signed off on the scaled-back design. Follow this link to see the full article, or continue reading below.


Market & Main OK’d with shops, hotel; cinema off plan

The Market and Main development in Bedford is strictly commercial again, with plans for shops, restaurants, offices, and a hotel.

The project, which now includes Trader Joe’s and the Friendly Toast as well as Carrabba’s Italian Grill that pre-dates the development, has been stalled for the past year since the $120 million plan to include up to 200 apartments was rejected by town planners in September 2020.

The Bedford Planning Board signed off on a scaled-back design for the long-awaited project at the site of a former Macy’s off South River Road at its Nov. 22 meeting.

The previously proposed 1,200 seat Regal Cinema and a five-level parking garage are no longer part of the plan.

Most tenants have waited for the project to be approved before signing leases, according to Mike Nelson, president of commercial for developer Encore Enterprises of Plano, Texas.

“We have some existing tenants that have been very gracious and hung in there a long time, but we are kind of down to the wire,” Nelson told the Planning Board.

The new plans include more outdoor gathering spaces, pedestrian boulevards, and outdoor seating spaces for restaurants. A barn-like structure will double as a sign visible from Interstate 293 and be able to host outdoor events complete with a firepit.

Mike Skelton, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Manchester Chamber, called Market and Main at the intersection of the Everett Turnpike and Route 101 one of the most desirable parcels for development in Southern New Hampshire.

“It is a highly visible, perfect location for a marquee retail development,” he said. “I think there has been a trend in recent years of these lifestyle shopping centers, which are mixed-use,” Skelton said. “There is retail, dining options, experiential things.

There are services, whether a salon or gym, so that consumers can do multiple things in one area. It is more efficient. It is more convenient.”

The original Market and Main proposal included 98,763 square feet of retail and a movie theater.

Encore later tried to add the 200 apartments as part of a revised second phase, saying the project would not be financially feasible without the residential component.

The plans brought ire from the beginning with some town officials calling it a bait-and-switch.

The new Market and Main plans include a 30,000-square-foot office building and a 125-room hotel in future phases.

Gaining Traction

REI Co-op, an outdoor equipment store, will likely become one of the development’s anchor stores, a detail that slipped out during discussions with the Planning Board. The artist’s rendering lists the store as “Mtn House” and was described as a “national outdoor retailer.”

The square footage is comparable to other REI stores, including the open that opened in North Conway in September 2019. REI had previously announced plans to open a store in the development, but put the plans on hold in 2019.

Encore hopes to have construction complete on a building for the anchor tenant by the end of next year, with an anticipated opening by April 2023.

“It seems like a lot of time, but that is not a lot of time, considering how long it takes to get everything done,” Nelson told the Planning Board.

The building will feature solar panels and skylight harvesting.

“It is about as green as you can get,” Nelson said.

In all, the new plan includes three multi-tenant buildings and two other buildings for shops or restaurants for a total of 69,141 square feet of restaurant space (10,050 square feet that already exists).

The original office building was supposed to be 98,550 square feet, but it scaled back to 30,000 square feet.

Attracting Tenants

Nelson said the company planned to attend the Innovating Commerce Serving Communities conference in Las Vegas in hopes of luring national tenants to market and Main.

The project approval in November likely helped with the prospects.

Ted Chryssicas of Newmark Group had been working on Market and Main’s leasing. He said the plan is viable for the type of tenants they are trying to attract.

“We are confident that this has a great chance of tremendous success from a leasing standpoint and will get the right tenants that are going to fit the community and the community will fit the tenants,” he told the Planning Board.

Chryssicas said they hope to secure office tenants before construction ends on the retail portion of the development.

The barn structure will feature a fire pit, and an ice skating rink could be installed on the property in the winter.

“We need to activate this, and activation is the key, so it is a community get-together,” Chryssicas said.

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New Project Featured in the New Hampshire Union Leader

The Union Leader took notice of TFMoran’s work at Market and Main Street, the Macy’s redevelopment, in a recent news article. The Plaza has seen a lot of growth since Macy’s closed its doors in the fall of 2015. Construction crews have been hard at work on Trader Joe’s and The Friendly Toast and have completed the construction on a parking structure for the new additions. There will also be a new 4 story parking garage, to accompany a movie theater and an REI, mentioned in the article. The parking garage will be partially visible from I-293, however much of the building will be hidden by the REI and movie theater. The structure was designed with nature in mind, with architectural features including “…staggered horizontal details that are intended to interpret the ripples seen on a river.” Red Heat Tavern, Pressed Cafe, and Charles Schwab have also announced that they have signed leases. Other additions to the former Macy’s site are expected to include Athleta, Cycle Bar, European Wax Center, and MidiCi. To view the full article from the Union Leader, open the PDF UL Market and Main Redevelopment, or read the text below.

 

By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON Union Leader Correspondent Dec6, 2018

BEDFORD – The architectural design for a four-story parking garage at the Market and Man project has been approved by town planners, and an undisclosed cinema chain is in the process of being finalized for the development. “We do have a cinema with a letter of intent right now, so we are working on that portion of the project,” Laura Homich, project architect, told the Bedford Planning Board this week. On Monday, the board approved the architectural design for a four story, open parking garage that will be attached to the rear of the cinema building.

 

The 179,000-square-foot parking garage will house nearly 470 vehicles in the new mixed-use development being constructed at the former Macy’s site at 125 South River Road.

 

“we have minimized the structure to the extent that we can … there will be some detail and character to it,” Homich said of the parking garage.

 

Attached to the precast concrete parking garage will be a 2000-square-foot REI store and a 90000-square-foot cinema, restaurant and retail space, according to Homich. The building is one of several that will be constructed on the parcel. Two buildings are already in the process of being constructed, including trader joes and the friendly toast, as well as a smaller parking deck.

 

“Being suburban, rural community, we don’t see a lot of parking garages,’ said Becky Herbert, planning director for the town. “it is a large structure, and it will be viewed from (Interstate) 293 until the office building is constructed.

 

In a letter to Herbert, Homich explains that the garage will include staggered horizontal detail that is intended to interpret the reflective ripples seen on a river, which was the inspiration for the façade of the marquee building. She said the majority of the garage will be covered by the cinema and retail building, although most of the top level will be visible as well as other areas of the structure. The fourth level of the garage will not have a roof, and some screening panels will be strategically placed throughout the perimeter of the structure, according to the design plans.

“You might catch the roofline of the car, but the concrete structure comes up above the bumper on all levels,” said Chris Rice, an engineer with T.F. Moran.

 

To date, Pressed Café, Charles Schwab, Trader Joes, The Friendly Toast, Rei, and the Red Heat Tavern all announced that they have signed leases for the new Market and Main development. Other business intended for the site include Athleta, Cycle Bar, European Wax, and MidiCi. No new announcements have been made regarding the additional tenants that will be occupying Market and Main, a 355,708-square-foot complex.

 

Although an official groundbreaking is being planned, the date has not yet been publicized. In September 22016, the Planning Board granted the conditional site plan for Encore Retail and its mixed-use development that will include a cinema, hotel, medical office, restaurants, and retail space.

 

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TFMoran Civil Engineering Project – New State of NH Women’s Prison – Ribbon-Cutting Event covered by NH Union Leader

On the front page of the New Hampshire Union Leader on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 is one of TFMoran’s civil engineering projects, the State of New Hampshire Correctional Facility for Women, located in Concord near the men’s facility. The official ribbon-cutting event was held on Monday morning March 26th and was attended by Governor Chris Sununu, Senator Maggie Hassan and Congresswoman Ann Kuster, along with many other officials. TFMoran’s Civil Project Manager, Jason Hill, PE was also in attendance, along with other project team members including SMRT‘s project architects David Lay and Dennis Morin of Portland, Maine; and members of the Gilbane Building Company team.

The new 101,000 sf, $50M facility has 224 beds, and will house 146 female inmates who will be relocated from the Goffstown facility. TFMoran provided land surveying, civil/site engineering, permitting, stormwater monitoring, construction documents and construction support services.

To view the full Union Leader story click this pdf link: 03-27-2018-Union Leader_State cuts ribbon on new women’s prison

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TFM Staff News Featured in hp’s “FastFacts Friday”

“FastFacts Friday” presented by High Profile’s Business Development Manager, Anastasia Barnes, is e-mailed to subscribers (at no cost) every Friday. FastFacts Friday features the weekly headlines in New England Facilities Development News.

TFMoran staff news was featured on Friday, January 20, 2017!  To view the stories on TFMoran’s latest Professional Engineer, Robert Vida, and TFM’s recently hired Civil Project Engineers, Maureen Kelly and Shaun Vando, click this link and scroll down.  Congratulations to High-Profile, who is celebrating their 20th year!

Robert Vida, PE Robert Vida, PE – Structural Engineer

TFM Civil Engineer, Maureen Kelly Maureen Kelly – Civil Project Engineer

Shaun Vando, TFM Civil Engineer Shaun Vando – Civil Project Engineer