Mashpee Commons

Mashpee, MA

It’s the feeling of place, and it’s the feeling of community, and it’s running into people on the street. It’s civilization!

– Buff Chace, President, Mashpee Commons Limited Partnership

Client

Mashpee Commons Limited Partnership

Challenge

Convert an existing 1960’s-style strip mall located at a prime gateway to Cape Cod into a retail center attractive to visitors and locals alike.

Solution

Expand the scope of a traditional retail center by incorporating retail, civic, commercial, residential, and religious buildings into a cohesive Town Center. Buildings are designed in the fashion of a New England Village, with tree-lined streets and park benches fostering a friendly, human scale environment.

Result

Mashpee Commons set a new standard for mixed-use and lifestyle developments. Two decades later, the development continues to serve Mashpee’s residents and drive local businesses.

Awards

Builders Choice
Design & 
Planning Merit Award, 1988
Builder Magazine

Publications

Urban Land Institute
July-September 1991

Architectural Record
March 1989
“Common Sense”

New York Times
August 1987
“Creating a Colonial Aura on the Cape”