Article: Worcester Business Journal

New projects transforming Marlborough into well-rounded city

By: Grant Welker

For shoppers and diners, Marlborough was long caught in the shadow between Worcester and Shrewsbury to the west and Framingham and Natick to the east.

Now, Marlborough is coming into its own in a serious way, by moving in a new direction from what put it on the map. Spurred by millions in hotel tax collections and efforts by city officials to create a more well-rounded city, Marlborough is moving on from being a haven for major employers – GE Healthcare Life Sciences, TJX Cos. and Boston Scientific, to name just three – through new retail, residential and visitor developments.

The most ambitious of these new efforts came about almost by happenstance: the 475,000-square-foot Apex Center of New England being built on 43 acres on the western edge of Marlborough, what has been something of a dead zone in the Route 20 corridor.

The $160-million Apex Center will have two hotels – a Fairfield Inn & Suites and a Hyatt Place – the later of which is already topped off at the west end of the site. A number of restaurants have signed on, including a Friendly’s, Evviva Cucina, Qdoba, Starbucks and the latest location of the 110 Grill chain.

Construction started last month on 114,000 square feet of office space. In all, 95 percent is leased, and the first tenants are set to open this fall. Read more…

December 12, 2016

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November 4, 2016

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Article: Worcester Business Journal

$3M MassWorks grant to boost $160M Marlborough development

By: Sam Bonacci

The city of Marlborough has received more than $3 million in state funds towards Route 20 improvements that the Marlborough Economic Development Corp. says will open the area to $160 million in commercial development…

According to MEDC, the $160-million mixed-use Apex Center development in Marlborough includes two new hotels, 200,000 square feet of entertainment and retail space, 110,000 square feet of new office space and six new restaurants, bringing new amenities to the region’s residents and employers. Read more…

Article: MetroWest Daily News

Marlborough receives $3M grant for Rte. 20 upgrades

By: Jeff Malachowski

A $3 million MassWorks grant awarded to the city this week will go toward work to help improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety along Rte. 20 near the new Apex Center.

The grant was awarded by Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito during a ceremony Tuesday in Worcester.
The Apex Center, which will feature hotels, restaurants, businesses and an entertainment complex. Upgrades will include the installation of new turning lanes, signals, crosswalks, sidewalks and signs.

“They’re all associated with the Apex Center project,” said Meredith Harris, executive director of the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation. “It’s great for the city. These things are all needed.” Read more…

November 1, 2016

Marlborough was awarded a $3.1 million Massworks grant for its work in developing the Apex Center on Tuesday November 1.  RAVentures and Ryan Development would like to thank Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito and Mayor Arthur Vigeant for all their support of this project.  We’re looking forward to providing the region with a state-of-the-art entertainment, hospitality and retail destination.

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Article: Worcester Telegram & Gazette:

Business, entertainment complex in works in Marlboro

By: Erin Bassler

A huge development that combines hotels with restaurants and entertainment is taking shape on a 43-acre parcel on Route 20.

“We’re developing an exciting, complimentary, synergistic entertainment venue consisting of multiple hotels, up to six restaurants, convenience retail, and 210,000 square feet of indoor entertainment, which to the best of our knowledge doesn’t exist anywhere around the region,” said Developer Robert Walker with RAVentures. Read more…

Article: New England Real Estate Journal:

APEX Center of New England: A visionary entertainment, hospitality and retail experience

By: Dusty Burke Jr., American Commercial Real Estate, LLC

In thinking about what his next project would be, visionary restaurant, hotel and retail entrepreneur Robert Walker was struck by the inefficiency and inconvenience in New England of not having entertainment and recreation venues combined in the same location with hotels, restaurants and retail stores. Further, he thought, why are the entertainment and recreation venues that do exist so often isolated in scattered locations in older, repurposed facilities not properly designed to highlight them as an attraction? Why not, he concluded, find a location of sufficient size immediately available to the millions of residents, business men and women, employees, athletes, visitors, shoppers, parents and children in the I-495/I-290/I-90 region where he could construct his hotels and restaurants with retail stores, specialty restaurants, and multiple entertainment and fitness venues all in one development? His answer is the APEX Center of New England.. Read more…