There’s a lot of activity going on right now all over the City of Melrose, and with some help from our City Planner, Denise Gaffey, I wanted to bring you some updates—and news of some coming attractions.
529 Franklin Street – T’ahpas 529
Local businessman Lorenzo Tenreiro plans to open his third food establishment in Melrose, and this latest endeavor is his most ambitious yet: a Spanish Mediterranean Restaurant with fine dining for 77 patrons and a full bar. Permitting is currently underway and the restaurant will be on the Planning Board’s agenda on May 23rd. The restaurant requires Site Plan approval for the change in use and for the creation of a new parking lot behind the building with access from Greenwood Street. The parking lot for 20 cars is a great amenity, and the entire project reflects the resurgence in the Highlands Business District aided by the significant investment in Franklin Street roadway and streetscape infrastructure and the new business friendly zoning. Lorenzo is hoping for an October 2016 opening.
530 Main Street
The Breads and Bits building recently changed hands and was purchased by John Wise of Wise Construction in Winchester. Wise Construction is responsible for the project at 99 Essex Street, which transformed the former Universalist Church building into a 15 unit residential building in an architecturally sensitive way. That project has been very well received and has helped to spur resurgence along the Essex Street corridor. We look forward to a similar approach at this important Main Street location. Mr. Wise is currently talking with a local architect who has experience with successful revitalization projects in our downtown historic district. They are considering some different options that will enhance the façade and make it more welcoming for future retail tenants and perhaps give the building a greater presence on the street by adding residential units above the first floor retail.
454 Main Street – Giacomo’s Ristorante
After much anticipation, Giacomo’s Ristorante is poised to open their latest establishment in downtown Melrose later this month. Giacomo’s will occupy the space formerly occupied by Absolutely Fabulous and will have seating for 80 patrons and a full bar with seating for 10 in the back of the restaurant. The restaurant will open daily for dinner initially and open for lunch once established. This family friendly restaurant is expected to bring patrons from areas well beyond our city border and will further cement Melrose as a destination for fine dining!
Both Giacomo’s and T’ahpas were able to receive full liquor licenses under our new laws, which allow smaller restaurants to get a license.
10 Corey Street
On April 11, the Planning Board granted approval to Burkhard Corporation for a new 40-unit residential building at 10 Corey Street which will pave the way for the revitalization of this important connection between downtown Melrose and the Wyoming Business District. The existing building at 10 Corey is dilapidated and has been underutilized for over a decade. The new building will be a beautiful addition that will add vitality to the Corey Street area and amenities that will create a more inviting streetscape. The project is designed to fit in with its surroundings and maintain the important pedestrian connection to the Wyoming businesses and commuter rail station along the Ell Pond Brook easement. The new owners have vast experience with residential construction and recently completed the new residential building at 130 Tremont Street. They hope to complete the permitting process with the Zoning Board of Appeals this month, then proceed to construction without delay.
2 Washington Street – Fitzgerald Physical Therapy Associates
Melrose residents will soon have another option for physical therapy treatment. Fitzgerald PT Associates plans to open their newest practice in the ground floor commercial space that anchors the new multifamily residential building at 2 Washington Street. This practice is a welcome addition to the mixed use district envisioned by the Planning Board when the Smart Growth Overlay District was created by the City in 2008 on Lower Washington Street and will provide an important service in the community. The practice plans to be operational by July.