What is Going in the Old Blockbuster Site?

You ask, Patch answers.

People passing the intersection of Cambridge Street and Winn Street have likely noticed the site of the old Blockbusters has seen some recent activity.

A fence has been put up and the ground has been re-leveled.

The work prompoted one Burlington Patch reader to ask what is happening in the lot.

Well, you ask, Patch answers.

According to the Planning Department, the site will be a future branch of TD Bank, complete with a drive-thru.

What do you think? If you could choose what would go in that spot would you choose a bank or something else? Let us know in the comments below.


LV December 06, 2012 at 12:03 PM
I was wondering the same, so thank you. But another bank? Boring! With the amount of electronic banking and cashless payments, etc... I'm surprised there are still new brick/mortar bank buildings constantly popping up on street corners all around the suburbs.
Millie Wiegand December 06, 2012 at 12:36 PM
The banks seem to be the only ones with money for brick and mortar. I'd rather see Papa Gino's move over there for easier access.
B Springer December 06, 2012 at 01:21 PM
ANOTHER drive-through?!? That's three in a row. Pedestrians beware!
LS December 06, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Anything but a bank! There's a Cambridge Savings and Sovereign a stone's throw from there, a Bank of America, & Northern Bank by the common, and the Metro Credit Union across from the high school. Plus, there are loads of other banks scattered around town. I'd love to see anything else!
Gloria M. Mozzicato December 06, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Don't need another bank in the center of town. A nice restaurant would be good -- like the old Fish House or a better site for Villa Franca.
JRTEMT December 06, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Yet another project for Murray Hills! They don't finish anything else but keep up the construction noise and unsightly piles of debris in our supposed 'Overlay District'. YEAH, it's very pedestrian friendly to walk by Burlington Heights condos near Skilton Rd. with all the piles of dirt blowing around in your face. Oh, and for the second summer you had to endure dynamite / backup sirens on trucks destroying the ledge to move more piles of dirt around behind CVS. If all we're building is condo units you're gonna need a few banks folks to cover those $350k+ mortgages. I just wish the construction vehicles and delivery trucks would use their GPS to find Skilton Lane instead of driving through our neighborhoods (thanks Mr. Murray). We now have a great view of the State Highway Barn...NICE!
Rose Johnson December 06, 2012 at 01:48 PM
There will be no more banks than there ever were. There used to be 2 banks at the bottom of the hill (Commercial Bank & Trust, later Medford Savings) and Cambridge savings. There were 3 at the top of the hill. Now there will be 3 at the bottom and 2 at the top. Either way it is still a total of 5 banks
Deb Palmer Cote December 06, 2012 at 01:53 PM
What a bummer I love Burl but what happened to the pretty town center they promised that was supposed to be like Lexington? A Main Street is all we are lacking! Can't believe it's a bank....boo
Ed December 06, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Totally agree with BurlGirl - Murray can do whatever he wants in our town. Maybe our government can make him renovate his eyesore properties around town before he gets permits to build anything else! The center of town is embarassing and most, if not all, of the properties are Murray owned. When they put Shaws in, they made them do all sorts of improvements to the site and jump through hoops. Yet the same recommendations are not made of Mr Murray, which is wrong. Come on Building Dept, make him accountable for his properties and making the center what we all want and were told it would look like!
BurlGirl December 06, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Subway used to be a credit union with a walk-up ATM machine, also missing. My memory is fading with age but didn't we start this Overlay District a while back to UPGRADE the sad looking plazas??? SOOOO, we're constructing AROUND the sad looking plaza and leaving the roof and metal poles all dinged up by cars parking against them? We haven't changed the traffic pattern of folks cutting through Shaw's to beat the lights at Winn St. but we're ADDING drive-thru lanes for a bank??? OMG, Batman! Just put a 'beat cop' shed at the bank to fill out the accident reports on-site...and if the BHS Track team wants some 'hurdle practice' they could use this area's sidewalk sandwich board signage (when the wind doesn't blow them into traffic). UGGHHH What a waste of time to have a sub-committee meet all these years with discussion about what a Town Center should look like and not be able to sway the real estate developer to follow the VISION.
Marcy Rose December 06, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Merry Christmas, Mr. Potter, er, Murray!
Burlington Resident December 06, 2012 at 06:37 PM
I agree, hold Mr. Murray’s next project hostage until he starts replacing the old rundown buildings in the center. That’s what we voted for! Is Jimmy’s (the one that used to be at the mall) still looking for a place?
Maggie December 06, 2012 at 11:52 PM
I grew up in and still work in Lexington and Burlington is resembling it more and more with each new bank. I hear the same complaints in Lexington that we are losing our "main streets". I'd love to see some see some small shops and restaurants go in where people might come and stroll instead of hopping from strip mall to strip mall. I agree Burlington offers so much but finding out that spot is going to be another bank is such a let down.
Dana Belliveau December 07, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Totally agree with Andrea Tracey. I grew up as a child in Burlington - left for a few years - and have been back for 4 years now. I live near this center shopping plaza and it is a sad site (sight too). The whole Sweet Ginger plaza should have been bull-dozed. While I love the light posts that were selected to run on the border of the Shaw's parking lot, this is where the resemblance to a quaint New England center cease. Please, please, please re-consder another bank. This is NOT what is needed.
Sonny December 08, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Another bank............and people these days have no money. It makes perfect sense. The drive-thru lines of the bank(s) and Dunkin Donuts will merge into one huge mess and back up onto 3A and Winn Street. Doesn't anyhow study the art of Urban Planning anymore?
Gisele May 13, 2013 at 02:57 AM
Oh, come on Board of Selectman....grow some and stop this foolishness. We DONT NEED ANOTHER BANK....try beautifying the town center and stop crippling its potential just to make quick profit!!!


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