COMPLEX RETAIL COMPLEXES
The Crossing at Walkers Brook, Reading, MA : One veteran engineer called it “the most complicated project I've ever worked on, including the Big Dig.” Despite complex geotechnical and environmental issues such as adjacent wetlands and a landfill below, Dickinson assembled a team that was able to move the project forward in a timely manner. Development of the 33-acre site of the former Reading Town Landfill began in March, 2003. Phase I includes a 140,000 square-foot Home Depot Store, a 260,000 square-foot Jordan's Furniture Store and IMAX Theatre, and a Chili's Restaurant. The Home Depot and Jordan's Furniture anchors utilize an innovative vertical big box design, in part because of the nature of the location and the landfill. Phase Two of the project consists of another 75,000 square feet of retail shops, a mix specifically selected by Dickinson to complement the anchor retailers and each other. The success of this complex project – five years in the making – is due in large part to the Dickinson team-building relationships and trust among the stakeholders, including Town officials, local residents, MassHighway, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Home Depot and Jordan's Furniture.