Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Kings, Second Restaurant, iFLY Skydiving Facility Proposed for Shoppers World in Framingham and Natick

A shopping center west of Boston is making plans to add on to its space, with a bowling alley/restaurant complex, a second dining spot, and a skydiving facility being included in the proposal.

Wicked Local Natick is reporting that Shoppers World has filed plans to bring a location of Kings and a separate unnamed restaurant to 19 Flutie Pass in Framingham (between Shoppers World and the Natick Mall), with an indoor skydiving facility called iFLY being included at the site as well, just on the other side of the border in Natick. The article says that the 12.8-acre space being looked at is a vacant lot at the present time, and it had formerly been a snow dump along with commuter parking and overflow parking for the nearby AMC cinema. The Framingham Planning Board is looking to hold a public hearing on the proposed Kings and separate restaurant on September 10, while the Natick Planning Board is looking to hold a hearing on the skydiving facility on September 16.

[September 14 update: A new article in Wicked Local Natick mentions that the Framingham Planning Board was "happy" to hear of the plans for a Kings, a restaurant, and a skydiving facility at Shoppers World, with the public hearing on the project continuing October 1. (As mentioned previously, Natick will be discussing the plans on Wednesday.) The article also notes that a tenant has not been chosen for the restaurant as of yet, with the search continuing.]

[February 24, 2016 update: Wicked Local Natick states that both Kings and the still-unnamed restaurant have been given the green light to open by the town of Framingham, while the skydiving facility has been given the ok by the town of Natick; if all goes well, the complex could open sometime in late 2017.]

Kings currently has locations in Boston's Back Bay, Burlington, Dedham, Lynnfield, Raleigh, NC, Orlando, FL, and Rosemont, IL, with another one coming to Boston's Seaport District in 2017. iFLY, which has facilities in North America, the United Kingdom, and Asia, has a sole New England location in Nashua, NH.

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[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

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