Legacy Place

Dedham, MA

PCA helped us realize our vision for Legacy Place. They designed a special place where people feel comfortable.

– Jeremy Sclar, President, WS Development Associates

Program

675,000 SF mixed-use complex on 40-acre site featuring 60 retailers and restaurants, a 15-screen theater, and offices.

Challenge

Capture the appeal of a town-like pedestrian experience; offer retail space that integrates individual tenant design into the fabric of the site identity.

Solution

Create a lively, people-friendly streetscape with landscaping and exterior cafes that spill onto the sidewalk. Six individual buildings combine a traditional sensibility with contemporary style to suggest a neighborhood that grew over time. The varied architecture features a common palette of materials to unify the site’s identity, and a variety of individualized storefronts for national and local shops.

Result

Opened 95 percent leased and 85 percent occupied as one of only two major retail centers to debut nationally in 2009. To date, the center has exceeded sales expectations, and its design and tenant mix has earned praise from major media outlets including Fox25 News and the Boston Globe.

Awards

Gold Medal: Innovative Design & Development, 2010

Silver Medal: Sustainability

International Council of Shopping Centers

Publications

Boston Business Journal
June 2013
“To understand the state’s retail rebound, look no further than Legacy Place”

Urban Land
March 2010
“Leasing Momentum on Point at Boston Retail Center Despite Economy”

Boston Globe
December 2009
“A Spin on Retail”
Business

Boston Globe
November 2009
“Town Center, but no Town”
Architectural Review