Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Let's Hope This Time It's A Wrap

It seems that there is a plan in place to turn the old Linens 'n Things store at the Hobbs Brook Plaza into an eight screen multiplex movie theater.

Wicked cool.

The excitement about the possibility of a movie theater
coming to town is palpable.
This is something that has been floated about a few times in the past.  Once, when the Hobbs Book area was being designed and built, but the theater never materialized.  There was a lot of negative feelings about building the plaza years ago, and whether or not it influence the theater not being built I don't know.  This time, it seems that a company is ready to take that long empty portion of plaza and turn it into something useful the whole community would enjoy.

The traffic study done a few years ago show that the added traffic can be handled by Route 20, and the Plaza itself.  With traffic, comes more people, and people carry wallets.  The stores at the Plaza will appreciate the new influx of wallets coming for movie, and maybe shooting over to Stop & Shop for something for dinner later in the day.  Dinner before, or after the film at Applebee's or Uno's would be convenient, too.

A movie theater would attract folks from all over central Worcester County.  The nearest movie complex is in Millbury.  Eight screens will be on the small side, compared to Millbury's theater, but for us it would be fantastic, and will most definitely fill a void in the area.

Anytime a new bunch of people are drawn to an area they would not have otherwise been drawn to is always great for the community, and the businesses within that community.  It gives us a chance to show off what we have to offer, and if we do it right, local businesses will be smiling a whole lot more.

Date night will be so much more convenient.

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