Proposed WoHo development withdrawn after public outcry

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By Dakota Antelman, Managing Editor

Community members quickly rallied against a proposed mixed use development by WoHo near downtown Marlborough.
Community members quickly rallied against a proposed mixed use development near downtown Marlborough.

MARLBOROUGH – Developers behind a proposal to build a six-story, mixed use building at the corner of Bolton Street and Granger Boulevard withdrew their proposal last month after their design faced substantial criticism from community members. 

WoHo is a Cambridge-based company that turned heads in some business circles last year with a message of sustainable and efficient construction utilizing flexible “components.”

A project proposal in Marlborough, however, prompted outcry, first on social media and then in correspondence to the City Council back in June. 

“While I also appreciate modern designs and architecture, I feel like the proposed design will look and feel out of place in that historic area,” wrote Teona Brown in her message to the Council. 

Others called the design “hideous,” also raising concerns about parking while echoing Brown’s argument that the design would appear out of place in the downtown area. 

WoHo formally withdrew its application for site plan review via a letter to the City Council on June 29. That letter did not address the aforementioned public outcry, nor did it specify any reason for the withdrawal. 

WoHo representatives did not respond to a request for comment for this article.

 

Additional reporting by Stuart Foster