Business Roundup: Reverse commuting by commuter line, borderline business news, and blurring the line between Southborough and Boston

A few recent business stories reported by local media have direct relevance to Southborough. Residents may have overlooked them since their headlines focused on nearby cities. So, I’m rounding them up.

State Department of Public Health opens satellite office in Marlboro – Telegram

The Telegram’s report last week about a new 200 person office in Marlborough shared that workers will be taking advantage of the Southborough commuter rail and a shuttle bus: 

The state Department of Public Health is opening a satellite office on Forest Street and will move 200 employees from Boston to staff it. . . 

Also starting Monday, the state and MetroWest Regional Transit Authority partnered to provide bus service from the Southboro commuter rail station to the new offices as part of the Boston Scientific fixed route commuter shuttle.

The shuttle will leave the MWRTA’s headquarters on Blandin Avenue in Framingham in the morning and make stops at Boston Scientific and the Bolton Street Shelter in Marlboro, the Southboro MBTA station and the new DPH offices.

In the evening, the bus will make stops at Boston Scientific, the Bolton Street Shelter, Staples Drive and New York Avenue in Framingham, the DPH offices and the Southborough MBTA station.

“This is a great example of a public-public partnership,” said Sara Scully, MWRTA assistant deputy administrator. “We’re very excited the DPH reached out to us.”

The agency will cover the cost for employees to ride the shuttle, said Scully. (read more)

Sustaining Framingham: U-Haul Repurposing Old Office Building – PRNewswire

Half of the property referred to as at the 15 Pleasant St Connector, Framingham is also in Southborough at 0 Firmin Ave. It has driveways on both sides of the border:

U-Haul® will soon offer a contemporary self-storage and retail facility at 15 Pleasant St. Connector thanks to the recent acquisition of the former MetroWest Place office building.

U-Haul Moving & Storage of Framingham-Southborough will soon be operating out of a temporary showroom and offering truck and trailer sharing and moving supplies.

U-Haul® will soon offer a contemporary self-storage and retail facility at 15 Pleasant St. Connector thanks to the recent acquisition of the former MetroWest Place office building.”U-Haul will be converting the shell of this five-story office building into a modern self-storage and retail facility,” stated Scott Chase, U-Haul Company of Eastern Massachusetts president. “Commercial properties have been stagnating. We don’t want to see this building remain vacant and become an eyesore in this community.”. . .

When the location is fully operational, Chase expects to employ at least 10 Team Members. U-Haul will look to hire locally to promote job growth within Framingham-Southborough. (read more)

Developer seeks OK for Hilton Garden Inn in Framingham – Wicked Local

This story is outside of our Town borders. It points to development planned for a new mixed use zone created to build up the area right over the border. 

A 151-room hotel is expected to be the first major development in the city’s new Corporate Mixed-Use district near Exit 12 off the Mass Pike.

A Florida development company will bring its plans to build a Hilton Garden Inn off Rte. 9 to the Planning Board next Thursday. The revamped zoning ordinance is designed to draw more business near the Southborough line.

The hotel is an allowed use in the district with a special permit from the Planning Board. . .

The project is proposed for a 1.2-acre property at 1800 Worcester Road. (read more)

Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Opens New Office in Boston – Business Wire

The address of the “new office” opening appears to be a pre-existing office that will now also include an Elevator & Excalator Division. It’s not exactly newsworthy. But it amused me by going on for paragraphs about how great “historic Boston” is for its popularity with young professionals. Almost 500 words in, the Boston location is finally revealed as 150 Cordaville Rd, Suite 110, Southborough. You can read the release here.

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