One of Stonegate Group's brightest commercial tenants is DetraPel, a start-up company who manufactures cleaning products locally in their Framingham warehouse.
This talented group has recently switched gears and is now producing products that can safely be used to disinfect and sanitize hard surfaces against 140+ organisms, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
You can read about them in the MetroWest Daily News article below and check out their website (www.detrapel.com) for more details.
Be well and be safe!
written by Thomas Maye for MetroWest Daily News (photo credit: Daily News and Wicked Local / Art Illman)
FRAMINGHAM - It was only two years ago that DetraPel Inc. and its young founder, David Zamarin, earned a $200,000 investment from Mark Cuban and Lori Grenier after an appearance on “Shark Tank.”
Now the Blandin Avenue startup that sells stain-protectant sprays is earning kudos for its contributions to the community during the global pandemic.
DetraPel’s six-person team has shifted “98% of (their) energy” to making disinfectant products to help local community organizations, according to Marketing Manager Ania Scott.
“We are doing all that we can, but we really hope other small companies think about pivoting their day-to-day operations to help the fight” against coronavirus, she said.
The seven-year-old company has grown significantly since Zamarin, then just 19 (he was 15 when he founded the company in 2013), showed its fabric protectors on “Shark Tank,” winning over Cuban and Grenier. But as it has moved its focus to making disinfectants, Scott said the company’s team has been forced to scale back production on their main-selling products.
DetraPel has ordered new machinery to automate the disinfectant manufacturing process, ramped up production, and is working day and night “to get this stuff out the door, because we know how important this is to get out to the community,” Scott said.
The company is also working with Mayor Yvonne Spicer’s office to make hand sanitizer for the Framingham Fire Department.
Scott said the process will take at least two weeks, as the company needs to work with suppliers to get materials and have the product approved by the FDA.
“It’s a completely different formulation that requires FDA approval, and we just got our FDA facility approval overnight, basically,” she said. “Everything is slow now, unfortunately.”
Scott said it was too early in the process to determine the monetary value of the planned donation.
Acting Fire Chief Michael Dutcher, who along with Mayor Yvonne Spicer visited DetraPel’s Blandin Avenue production facility on Thursday, was thrilled.
“It’s great (that) a local company has changed their direction on the fly like this,” Dutcher said. “They saw a need in the community. They saw there was a need and they’re going to be able to fill that void.”
Dutcher said the company has already donated some cleaner and disinfectant to the Framingham Fire Department.
Consumers can buy disinfectant through DetraPel’s website, but much of the stock will be donated to nearby hospitals, fire stations, grocery stores and other places with essential workers, she said.
“We’re taking any donation inquiries we can from the local community,” Scott said. While larger retailers have expressed interest in buying DetraPel’s disinfectant products, the company has turned down those offers to focus on donations.
“We’re being careful not to over-promise,” she said.
Scott added that there’s a widespread shortage of the raw chemicals required to make the hospital-grade disinfectant formula, which is based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Environmental Protection Agency recommendations.
“Despite being a small business, we’re constantly working with our chemical suppliers to try to expand our product lineup to include valuable products that are imperative in this time of crisis. The more we can produce, the more we’ll be able to donate ... We’re definitely going to do the most we can.”
Through these challenges, Scott said she felt immense pride at other small, local businesses who’ve helped in coronavirus efforts, and in the dedication of the company she’s come to call home.
“I’m happy to be part of such a small team of some of the hardest-working, kindest people I know,” she said.
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We would like to extend our appreciation to everyone who was able to attend our Open House at Natick's Town Hall this past Tuesday, Feb. 25th.
The development proposal for the St. Patrick's property was presented in three separate display areas: Process, Architectural and Parking.
Representatives from the Town of Natick, Finegold Alexander Architects and Stonegate Group were on hand to field questions about the project.
We continue to encourage your feedback, comments and suggestions throughout this entire development process.
Thank you for your support!
There will be a public meeting in an Open House format from 4:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday February 25th, 2020 on the third floor of the Natick Town Hall at 13 E. Central Street.
At this forum, we will welcome your opinions and questions as well as provide further information about the development project.
This is the first of several opportunities for you to provide your input.
Additionally, Public Hearings will take place before the Planning Board, Zoning Board & Finance Committee. All of these bodies welcome written comments as well as ones made in person.
We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday evening for our Open House!
Written by Henry Schwan for the MetroWest Daily News (February 13, 2020)
Photo credit: MetroWest Daily News Staff Photo / Henry Schwan
Natick-based developer Stonegate Group, LLC, wants to tear down the former St. Patrick’s school on East Central Street, and replace it with a mixed-use development.
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On February 10, 2020, the Natick Board of Selectmen signed an agreement with Stonegate Group LLC, a Natick-based real estate development company, for the redevelopment of the St. Patrick’s school site on East Central Street in downtown Natick. The property has been vacant for five years and was mostly unused for many years before that. The new development will offer space for a new restaurant and/or retail businesses and approximately 500 square feet of office space leased to the Town, an area of public open space, and 54 residential units, some of which will be townhouses. Twenty-five percent of the units will be permanently affordable. Importantly, the agreement controls the development’s transition toward the neighborhood.
Michael J. Hickey, Chair of the Board of Selectmen noted, “Natick residents tell us they want more things to do in Natick Center, like more restaurants and places to shop. We also hear from people who want new and different housing options – places that are walkable, close to shopping and rail. The sorts of places that attract younger professionals, empty-nesters looking to downsize, and people who just want to live downtown. The continued vitality of Natick Center depends on all of these things, so a mixed-use development like this is a great opportunity. At the same time, it’ll add to our tax base and an architectural enhancement to the eastern gateway of the downtown.” The project is consistent with the Natick 2030 Master Plan.
The project is being proposed as a so-called “friendly 40B.” In a friendly 40B, the developer works cooperatively with the town to proactively pursue a mutually beneficial development that helps to meet the Town’s needs for diverse and affordable housing choices. The plan’s open space, potential restaurant/retail, rent-free office space leased to the Town, and share of affordability are aspects of the agreement. Above and beyond the regular 40B requirements, 20% of the affordable units will be reserved for very low income households.
At this time Natick has 1,477 affordable housing units. This project would help ensure Natick maintains its Safe Harbor status. Under state law, municipalities without Safe Harbor have little control over the density, size, or location of 40B projects.
Legal counsel retained by the Board (a firm that has represented the Town’s interests in several 40B matters over the years) advised the Board that executive session was appropriate given that aspects of the Development Agreement that related to the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property. The development review will be conducted by the Natick Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for a Comprehensive Permit. This permitting approach guarantees a significant contribution of affordable housing units and that all of the units on the site will be counted on Natick’s State Housing Inventory.
For the development to include at least one restaurant, Town Meeting will need to extend Natick’s Downtown Mixed Use zoning by one block to include the front portion of the parcel.
The Stonegate Group has a strong track record in Natick, Boston, and other communities with quality development projects. Most recently Stonegate was responsible for the redevelopment of the former American Legion building in Natick Center, which included new retail space, a popular new restaurant (Buttercup), residential units on the upper floors, and parking below.
There will be many opportunities for public input on this project. Public hearings will take place before the Planning and Zoning Boards, and the Finance Committee. In addition, the Board of Selectmen and Stonegate will host an open house forum on the project on February 25, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. to provide information, answer questions, and listen.
Both the Board and Stonegate look forward to hearing the community’s reaction and feedback to the development proposal. “We have a proud history of supporting local businesses and working with communities, and we very much look forward to hearing the community’s thoughts about the development plan,” said Sean McGrath, CEO, Stonegate Group, LLC.
For additional questions regarding this project, please contact the Select Board and Town Administrator at 508.647.6410 or Dean Calivas, President, Stonegate Group, LLC, at 508.655.1700.
Article written by Rachel Kashdan for Boston Magazine
Looking for a fun challenge? Try not to touch anything at Modern Relik’s new 6,000 square-foot home showroom. Located on Harrison Avenue in the South End, the space teems with plush furnishings and chic accessories. Thankfully, running your hands over everything in the store isn’t just okay—it’s encouraged.
Kids work very hard all day during their Summer Vacation playing outside and riding their bikes.
The folks at Park Village helped make their day a little "cooler" with snow cones, courtesy of our expert makers (Kate, Hannah & Kristy).
The refreshing treats were a hit with all the kids!
From the Framingham Economic Development & Industrial Corporation's (EDIC) July 1, 2019 newsletter