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PHOTOS: Tearing Down Ox Bow Pet Shop, Old Verizon Building

Progress is evident in Wakefield this week with two older buildings in the process of being torn to the ground to make way for new buildings and projects.

Progress is evident in Wakefield this week with two older buildings in the process of being torn to the ground to make way for new buildings and projects.

The former , located at 335 Albion Street, closed its doors after 65 years of business on June 1, 2011. Developer DUC Residential plans to build townhomes on the property by summer of 2012.

The former Verizon building, located at 451 Main Street, is being torn down to build a building.

Are you nostalgic about the old buildings being torn down? Or is it a good sign of progress? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Margie Wells Doto February 23, 2012 at 08:05 PM
not happy about Ox Bow more condos or town houses so more traffic since Chestnut St is one way Albion traffic is terrible as it is.
Joyce Ebrecht February 23, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Right..,if ya live on the west side it's pretty hard to get on the other side of the tracks...st. Joes blocking off Gould street just makes it worse...
maureen howland February 23, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Traffic is a mess in that whole area of Chestnut, Albion, and North Ave. The weird one way into Chestnut St. is a boondoggle in both directions. What the town DOESN'T need is more condos! Why do they keep approving these ugly things anyway. It is not good for the house values in that area. As far as the new CVS. Where in tarnation are the customers going to park??????
John Devlin February 24, 2012 at 02:31 AM
‎1. A butt-ugly garage is replaced by a modern retail outlet, which looks attractive in the only rendering I've seen. 2. Parking in the heart of the square should see improvement. 3. The new and larger CVS will provide added employment opportunities for locals. 4. The higher tax base for the new CVS facility will send more money to the town's coffers. 5. Competition between Walgreen's and CVS will increase somewhat compelling those stores to provide ever-better service and lower prices.
Jessie Paiva February 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM
1. Competition between two major retail chains is not going to improve prices merely due to their proximity in a podunk town. 2. Who says CVS will be hiring more staff rather than continue with those already employed (logically assuming they'll be closing the present location after building the new location)? 3. I don't know that so much of downtown traffic was a result of CVS, plus they have the parking lot to alleviate it right now. Though if it does improve that's great. 4. More money in the town coffers is welcome, though the town has to learn to appropriate the money properly, which they've seem to forgotten how to do. 5. More townhouses are...in my opinion unwelcome, though I can understand how others may disagree. 6. Call me nostalgic, but I hate to see the Ox Bow go, though I know it has closed. 7. West Side traffic is atrocious, yes, directly related to that nonsense on Chestnut St/Tuttle St. Construction may clog up things at Albion/Broadway intersection for now but in the long run extra townhouses won't make a big difference in traffic flow. Plus, the lights at that intersection keep the flow moving rather smoothly. I am curious about the new CVS parking, though I don't mind the store shift. Those are just my opinions.
Fred February 24, 2012 at 05:50 PM
So what's going to go where the old CVS is now?
Sara Jacobi February 24, 2012 at 05:54 PM
That's a good question, what do people think? It's a nice spot right in the center of town. If you could pick what types of places would you want to come in to the old CVS building?
Maura Racamato February 24, 2012 at 07:05 PM
What do you think about running/fitness store like the Runners Edge? They might do well with the lake nearby. But please, no more pizza/hair/ nail salons.
Nancy Bertrand February 24, 2012 at 07:57 PM
It is a tragedy to be losing the old house that is on the site of the OxBow Pet Shop. The house pre-dates 1765. What a shame.
maureen howland February 25, 2012 at 05:03 AM
I totally agree Nancy. There are so few of the great old Colonial houses left and the ones on Albion really stand out including the one at the OxBow site. It is all just a continuation of the loss of history for the town. We will probably be looking at horrid condos with garages under and huge staircases to the front door with no landscaping and nothing but pavement. Ugh! The town needs a committee to approve or nix the designs on what can be built. The town is being ruined. In 10 years Wakefield will look like Everett and Malden. So sad.
Paul Mozell March 01, 2012 at 12:23 AM
A larger, busier CVS will bring little more to Wakefield than increased traffic, ugliness, and a handful of minimum wage jobs. The CVS will be as much of an eyesore as is the Shaws. Proximity of two drug store giants will not effect retail prices, which are set by corporate headquarters. Wakefield needs a main street with consistent, well-designed signage, less neon, more trees, inventive restaurants as well as fewer struggling pizza joints and hair and nail salons.
Paul Mozell March 01, 2012 at 12:26 AM
How about a teen center, art gallery, bookstore, artisan bread bakery, or a vest-pocket park and garden?
Nancy Bertrand March 01, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Wakefield needs much more retail downtown. We have enough restaurants -- and definitely enough nail salons and pizza parlors. A bookstore would be wonderful! Or the space could be broken into three or four smaller shops to offer more diversity. I'm afraid that the Centre-through-Princess-Street block will be hurt by losing the CVS retail 'anchor.' That store brought a lot of people downtown, and when it moves to Armory Street, the businesses near the old location might take a hit by losing those shoppers.
CVS hater March 01, 2012 at 09:13 PM
The new CVS they are putting up in Wakefield should have been a TRADER JOES- where's wakefield's creativity. Big let down...

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