May 27, 2017

No ‘Concerts on the Green’ this year

Observer file photo Maple Tree Place’s outdoor music concerts on the green will not return this year because of upgrades being made to the area. More parking, a skating rink, splash pad and new paint are among the proposed changes.

Observer file photo
Maple Tree Place’s outdoor music concerts on the green will not return this year because of upgrades being made to the area. More parking, a skating rink, splash pad and new paint are among the proposed changes.

Maple Tree Place puts series on hiatus for ‘improvements’

By Stephanie Choate

Observer correspondent

Maple Tree Place’s popular summer music series on the green will not return this year as the plaza owners plan upgrades to the area.

Cypress Equities, which took over Maple Tree Place last August, said improvements are in the works for the shopping center.

“Due to the exciting proposed improvements to Maple Tree Place, in particular many slated for the Green, the annual summer concert series will not be conducted in 2017, but will return in 2018,” Cypress Equities Portfolio Marketing Director Glenn Miller wrote in an email to the Observer, in response to inquiries.

The free summer music series drew hundreds of Williston locals and visitors to Maple Tree Place every Thursday. The series began in 2007, and has attracted ever-increasing crowds with acts like Beatles tribute band British Mania, the Starline Rhythm Boys and Timothy James Blues & Beyond.

Miller said Maple Tree Place owners, designers and architects are working with the town to obtain permits needed for the redevelopment plans.

“Once approved by town and state entities, Maple Tree Place will share the details with its shopper communities,” Miller said.

Williston Planning and Zoning Director Ken Belliveau said Maple Tree Place officials appeared before the Development Review Board on April 25 with essentially a three-part proposal.

The first component involves expanding surface parking in Maple Tree Place.

“Right now, they don’t have a good match between where most of the parking is located and where they have the most demand for parking,” Belliveau said.

The additional spaces would not cut into the center green, but would be built in two side areas—one just south of Connor Way and one between Shaw’s Supermarket and Men’s Warehouse. Plans could also include bicycle parking.

The second part of the proposal involved expanding activities in the center green, Belliveau said. Possibilities include a skating rink and splash pad.

The third part of the proposal included painting the buildings white, though Belliveau said planning staff and DRB members weren’t enthusiastic about that option.

Belliveau said Maple Tree Place representatives are scheduled to go before the Development Review Board again on May 23 to discuss the plans. The meeting is set for 7 p.m.

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