The Villages of Barnstable
Barnstable has several village centers, each providing for small scale retail use, Bed & Breakfast operations, community facilities and activities, and professional offices designed to address the specific needs of the village residents. These areas allow for office and housing developments integrated into a dynamic mixed-use relationship.
The "village assets" of Centerville are numerous, ranging from the beauty and charm of its Main Street, to sunset at Craigville Beach. Centerville had the foresight in the mid 1960's to direct intensive commercial development away from the traditional Main Street to protect and preserve the character of the Village Center. In doing so, it created convenience shopping and services for the Village residents along Route 28.
Cotuit is among the smallest of the seven Barnstable villages, covering about 5 square miles. There are two business areas in Cotuit, with over 161 known historically significant structures in the village. One, located along Main and School Streets within the newer village center, is characterized by rustic charm and a laid back atmosphere. Most of the district is residential, heavily populated by homes of significant historic and architectural importance. The Santuit historic district (the original village center) runs along Route 28 and is zoned as a residential area. Its relatively undeveloped character is unusual in the corridor. In addition to private homes, it is an eclectic mix of family owned and occupied businesses, along with the jewels of the area, the Cahoon Art Museum and the Cotuit Center for the Arts.
While sharing a similar ‘village charm’ to its sister villages in the Town, Hyannis has long been recognized as the major center of commercial activity for both the Town and the region. Downtown Hyannis is a shining regional model for smart economic growth and mixed-use development. It also has the unique designation as: a) a Business Improvement District, b) an Historic District, c) a Growth Incentive Zone, and d) a Cultural District all at once.
The main commercial areas in Hyannis include:
Marstons Mills is one of the more rural of the Barnstable villages, and in comparison to other villages has limited commercially zoned properties. In the village center, attractively designed residential and commercial developments have been constructed, adding character and making available a wider variety of amenities and services for residents, as well as small business opportunities.
The attractive seaside village of Osterville is rich in history and cultural heritage. Osterville village center is one of the more popular shopping areas and serves not only the village, but also its unique collection of quality shops, galleries and offices combined with its quaint village setting attracts customers Cape-wide and beyond. Osterville hosts such treasured community activities as Village Day and Christmas Open House.
In terms of land area, the West Barnstable village business district has the largest village business district outside of Hyannis despite a small village population and a location that is remote from the major centers of activity and denser populations. The result is that the area has been marginal for commercial enterprises and has developed with a mixture of residential uses, small-scale businesses, and professional offices. Given a lack of public services such as water and sewer, together with the difficulty of disposing of drainage due to impervious soils, this village district is unsuited to large-scale development.
Barnstable Village, Centerville, Cotuit, Hyannis, Marstons Mills, Osterville, West Barnstable