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Broad Street Redevelopment in 'Full Swing'

Many of the changes that are poised to revamp Broad Street are already underway.

Broad Street could soon look totally different. And, perhaps to remind residents of that - as well as to make them aware of several different construction projects that are or will be ongoing on Broad Street shortly - Director of Neighborhood Services and Economic Development Mark Pellegrini released  a statement Wednesday noting much of the activity that will soon begin and that has already begun to transform the area. 

"The physical changes to the Broad Street Redevelopment Area are in full swing. The contractor began the demolition work on the former . The asbestos is being removed from the roofs and the buildings themselves will begin to come down very soon. We expect that by mid to late June the buildings will be completely removed from the site. The buildings to be demolished include the former Stop & Shop, Bradlees and the in-line stores of the main building, and the building that housed Marshall’s, CVS, and other stores," Pellegrini said. 

An informal ceremony to mark the official beginning of the is scheduled for Monday morning, May 7. 

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Pellegrini also noted that the project is "well underway."   

"The first phase of the work involves the relocation of utilities. The next major construction activity will be the replacement of the Bigelow Brook culvert," Pellegrini said. "The town and the contractor are committed to maintaining one lane of traffic in each direction throughout the course of the reconstruction project. There will be access to all Broad Street businesses at all times. Motorists will always have access and are encouraged to continue to patronize and support our Broad Street businesses during the reconstruction project. There will be some minor inconveniences so we encourage Broad Street patrons to, when possible, allow for a little extra time for temporary traffic delays."

Pellegrini also wanted to remind residents that the is still open and will be open throughout the demolition of the parkade and the reconstruction of Broad Street. 

"The Parkade Cinemas is not going to be demolished," Pellegrini said. "Parkade Cinemas is a privately owned and ongoing business that is still in operation. The cinemas can be accessed off of Green Manor Boulevard either from Broad Street or from Middle Turnpike West. Parkade Cinemas is located in a portion of the redevelopment area that the Agency has identified as a desirable location for an entertainment cluster of activities to support the overall redevelopment plan."

Doris Kennedy May 03, 2012 at 01:59 PM
So good to hear,,,As an avid follower of the developments surrounding the Parkade, I feel so bad that I have since moved to Myrtle Beach SC. But my love of all things "Manchester" I continue to stay abreast of developments thru Manchester Patch. I will be paying periodic visits home to see family & friends and am excited about watching this develop into a very vibrant and long awaited project. Three cheers to all those who are making it possible, it's been long overdue.
Bridget Rothe May 03, 2012 at 03:41 PM
yes, I am very happy about this. I used to work in the Parkade; and to see it become such an eyesore and scarey place is depressing. can't wait to see it being worked on! bout time.
Dean May 03, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I don't see anything about Tent City removal. I wish some one could get a solid calculation of how much more broad street property is worth with out tent city there. I want broad street to be a success but it can not coexist with tent city.
Lynn M Banaeige May 04, 2012 at 10:03 AM
I am excited to see all to come with the new development, and I as well am glad to see what has become an eyesore & turn it into usefull planning. It's about time! I have many memories of the whole place from back in the 80s, but I welcome the new. Thank you to all the new developers. :)

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