Owners of the 31-acre site along Boston Street will present preliminary plans to the city's Urban Design and Architecture Review panel. The developers, a partnership of principals from Chesapeake Real Estate Group and Birchwood Capital Partners, are seeking a change in use for the property to allow construction of 375,000 square feet of retail space, anchored by a big-box retailer.
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The developers, who purchased the site in June from Exxon Mobil Corp., hope to start construction next summer, said Doug Schmidt, a principal with Chesapeake Real Estate.
Under a previous group of developers, the former oil refinery site had been considered for a Main Street-style shopping center, with anchors such as Target and a grocery store and waterfront pavilions for shops and offices.