Photos: Big Boxes Come to Westwood

A 146-acre University Station development opens beside Fowl Meadow. Located in Westwood, on University Avenue, at Exit 13 on Route 128/I-95.

March 2015
Tom Palmer, Willett Pond Manager & NepRWA Staff Photographer

Here’s the Target store that just opened at 221 University Avenue in Westwood. It looks like a pizza box. I’m still wondering how they got all the snow off the roof.

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Just down the road an equally massive Wegman’s supermarket is under construction, with a clock tower on the corner and a 130-unit apartment complex, The Gables, at left rear.

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Here’s the space in between, currently used for staging but soon to become a parking lot. As Westwood’s official description states, “all retail and restaurant buildings will be designed to complement each other architecturally, and each will have ample nearby parking within a landscaped lot.” How many parking spaces will there be? Approximately 5,596, according to documents filed with the state.

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These new parking spaces will contribute over half of the 84 new acres of impervious surface the $700 million project will create. But are those 84 acres really new? Here’s how University Avenue looked in 1995, when it was zoned industrial.

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2 responses to “Photos: Big Boxes Come to Westwood”

  1. Rich Campagna says:

    Thanks for the photos. and information.

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