Town Center Improvement Project
The 2016 Special Town Meeting voted to approve design and engineering fees for the Town Center's Master Plan concept. The 2017 Annual Town Meeting approved the funds for the design and engineering fees to bury the utility lines and poles.
The project will entail:
- Repairing the curbs, streets, and sidewalks, including the required improvements for handicapped accessibility and drainage upgrades
- Reconfiguring the location of the curbs and sidewalks to create more continuous and ample sidewalks, safer crosswalks, new open space, and traffic-calming strategies
- Removing the utility poles and overhead wires to allow for new trees to be planted along Boston Post Road between Colpitts Road and School Street
Approval of the design and engineering fees for both the master plan and the burying of the utilities has allowed for the concepts shown on the "Historical Context" page and "Project Views" page to move forward for additional development. On January 30th, the Town Center Planning Committee and the design team (Utile, Nitsch, and Robert Burke Assoc.) presented to the Board of Selectmen progress to date. That presentation can be seen here:
- Design update presentation to the Board of Selectmen - January 30th
The committee is continuing its work with abutting landowners, utility companies, and the engineering and design teams to further develop these plans to bring forward for public input. After this phase, another Town Meeting vote will be required for the construction funds. This is anticipated to occur at the November 2018 Special Town Meeting.
Follow the progress of the Town Center Planning Committee by subscribing to receive notification of posted meeting agendas and minutes, and watch for notices of upcoming public design meetings.