Grand Opening Features Fun, Food and Fireworks
This weekend, May 29-31, Tuscan Village will celebrate entering Phase 2 of its expansion project with a Grand Opening. The event features a Smuttynose Beer Garden 5K run, food and wine sampling tents, family-friendly activities and Saturday evening fireworks. Additionally, at noon on Saturday, attendees can watch a meatball cook-off between Joe Faro and Mary Ann Esposito, host of “Ciao Italia,” America’s longest running cooking show.
In 2016, real estate investor and restaurateur Joe Faro secured 170 acres of land that had been the previous home of Rockingham Park, a horse racing track and motor speedway. After selling off a little over 25 acres to Demoulas Super Markets Inc., Faro and his team began construction on Tuscan Village, designed to offer residents and visitors a “city center” experience. According to Tuscan Brands Director of Marketing and Sales Edwin Santana, “The Tuscan Village offers much more than just residential living. We have partnered with incredible retail businesses, top restaurants and life science spaces.”
With over 700,000 square feet of retail space available, Tuscan Village leases to businesses ranging from eateries like Chipotle, Tuscan Market and Dunkin’, to retail outlets like Old Navy, Ulta Beauty, and Pottery Barn.
Tuscan Village is also partnering with the outdoor clothing and equipment retailer L.L. Bean. Santana says of the relationship, “L.L. Bean is leasing part of our commercial space and plans on utilizing the nearby river with on-site kayaking and fly-fishing lessons.”
Another partner is Williams Sonoma. The cookware and kitchenware retailer will be working with chefs from Tuscan Kitchen to provide on-site cooking classes.
While The Village boasts 700,000 square feet of retail space, it also features over 1 million square feet of life science space — Tuscan Village goers may take advantage of a full range of medical services from Mass General Brigham. Kenny Sturgess, senior associate of leasing and developing with Tuscan Brands, notes, “Mass General will have a significant presence at The Village. It will offer a full range of outpatient services including oncology, operating rooms, imaging, primary care … essentially everything except for an emergency department.”
Tuscan Village also promises to bring jobs to the region. Sturgess notes, “We have worked hand-in-hand with the town to develop the vision for downtown Salem, and the gateway to New Hampshire. … We expect over 5,000 jobs will be created through the leasing of our available spaces, and that will benefit the town immensely.”
Along with shopping, recreation and health care, The Village offers an assortment of residential opportunities. These include condominiums (“The Villas at North Tuscan Village”) that are available for sale and currently hovering around the $500,000 mark. For those looking for a less committed approach to living, the Tuscan Village offers apartments. According to Sturgess, unit pricing varies on a seasonal basis.
To learn more and to see the full schedule of Grand Opening, visit TuscanVillageSalem.com