Since the 2016 Special Fall Town Meeting approved the purchase of the railroad corridor from CSX, Natick has acquired 21 acres from CSX that are needed to build the trail from Natick Center to the end of Framingham’s completed trail at the town line by Rte. 30. A public hearing was held on January 11, 2017 to discuss the 25% design. Construction is anticipated for late 2018 or 2019.
TJX is working with both Framingham and Natick to build out its Speen Street campus. Plans call for adding a parking garage with more office space. As part of traffic mitigations, there will be improvements to the Speen St. and Route 30 intersection.
The Friends of Saxonville took the lead for ’Trail Fest,’ the trail opening ceremony for the Framingham portion of the Cochituate Rail Trail. The event opened with children decorating their bicycles. After parading before judges, each child was awarded a prize. There was a variety of entertainment and booths to check out. The official ribbon cutting ceremony took place at 1:30 pm and a guided trail walk proceeded down the Cochituate Rail Trail and into the Cochituate Brook Reservation.
In a July 10, 2015 decision, the Land Court vacated the Framingham Zoning Board of Appeals denial of a special permit for the construction of a concrete batch plan. This rail trail borders one side of the proposed site. The town of Framingham is appealing that decision.