Bedford, NH – The first two buildings are now under construction at the new Market and Main, a 350,000sf lifestyle center at the former Macy’s site in Bedford.
Macy’s closed in 2015, and the 16-acre site on South River Road (U.S. Route 3) was purchased by Dallas-based Encore Enterprises. TFMoran engineers of Bedford worked with the developer and architect for plan approval and permitting for a multi-use complex.
The 350,000sf multi-use complex includes seven new buildings, existing Carrabba’s building, and two new parking garages. TFMoran is responsible for the structural engineering of the garages as well as civil/site and traffic engineering, permitting, land surveying, and landscape architectural services for the whole development.
Hutter Construction of New Ipswich and Sullivan Construction of Bedford are partnering as the construction manager on the project. The architecture was designed by Prellwitz Chilinski Associates of Cambridge, Mass. Its approach reflects both past and present, incorporating brick, granite, cast stone masonry, painted wood, and metal in a palette of modern materials and historical colors throughout the complex.
Seated outdoor patios nicely blend the interiors and exteriors of the entire property, and architectural details recur throughout the site, visibly connecting the complex as a whole.
The approved plans feature a 1,200-seat movie theater, an office building, hotel, retail shops, and a variety of restaurants. The development will create a new Market Street intersecting with a new Main Street. Market and Main is strategically positioned at the high-traffic intersection of N.H. Route 101, I-293, and the Everett Turnpike, attracting attention from national, regional, and local retailers and corporations.
Currently under construction is the first national retail store, Trader Joe’s. The one-story 13,000sf food chain store will be the third to open in New Hampshire. The store is located at the entrance of the development and will have a two-level, attached parking garage. Also under construction is the first restaurant, The Friendly Toast. This one-story, 3,500sf restaurant will accommodate 132 dining occupants, and will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Other tenants such as REI and Red Heat Tavern
The new development is expected to generate approximately $1 million in new property tax revenue for the town. Bedford has grown rapidly over the last number of decades, creating a demand for more shops, entertainment, restaurants, and commercial space.