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Groundbreaking nears on new-look Northtown Plaza

The developer reviving the former Northtown Plaza in Amherst plans to break ground on its planned lifestyle center later this month.

The project dates to WS Development's 2015 acquisition of the Sheridan Drive property. The company finished the first stage of its redevelopment when Whole Foods Market opened in 2017.

WS Development had cleared tenants out of the retail buildings located to the west of Whole Foods. But work on the project lagged as the company had more difficulty than expected signing tenants to leases for the new-look plaza.

Crews began demolition on the existing structures a month or so ago. WS Development plans to construct six buildings around a public green with a mix of retail shops, restaurants and other outlets under a Station Twelve rebranding. The 10 publicly announced tenants include L.L. Bean, Public Espresso + Coffee and Vineyard Vines.

WS Development plans to hold a groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 19. The company has said the first shops and restaurants will open October 2020.

New tenants, new name for old Northtown Plaza: Call it Station Twelve

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