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Ashland Redevelopment Authority. Let’s work together to revitalize downtown! September 23, 2013 Public Meeting. Agenda. Introductions Purpose of the meeting: To evaluate short term projects To develop consensus on the top five (5) short term projects

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Ashland redevelopment authority

Ashland Redevelopment Authority

Let’s work together to revitalize downtown!

September 23, 2013

Public Meeting


Agenda
Agenda

  • Introductions

  • Purpose of the meeting:

    • To evaluate short term projects

    • To develop consensus on the top five (5) short term projects

    • To listen to community requests on characteristics for design


What did we learn
What did we learn?

  • Visual clutter exists due to public signage, utilities and lack of coherent infrastructure

  • Roadway improvements needed to address traffic, curbing and parking

  • Sidewalks, pedestrian crossing, bike travel and movement throughout need to be addressed

  • Lighting improvements needed


What did we learn1
What did we learn?

  • Street edge and landscaping need to be addressed

  • Zoning modifications are needed

  • Review tax basis and incentives

  • Work with property owners and business to improve existing structures

  • Ashland needs to invest in itself if we want business and residents to invest in Ashland


What did we learn2
What did we learn?

  • A healthy, prosperous downtown says a great deal about a community’s self esteem, values and priorities, and commitment to vitality of its business areas. Unfortunately, downtown Ashland sends a mixed message on all accounts.

    • Judi Barrett, Community Opportunities Group (2010)


Vision for downtown
Vision for Downtown

  • A historic town center that includes the creation of an enhanced, pedestrian-friendly environment for all the people of Ashland. Particular focus is on enhancing a small town character and increasing the vitality of downtown by creating:


Vision cont
Vision (cont.)

  • Improved sidewalks, streetscapes, and open space;

  • Space to encourage additional retail uses;

  • Housing opportunities;

  • Improved parking;

  • Opportunities for casual meeting places and planned events to draw people to the center;

  • Architecture of a scale and character that enhances these uses.






Next steps
Next Steps

  • Assemble the Downtown Collaborative:

    • A short term advisory group to the ARA assembled to improve communication and collaboration among groups relative to Downtown Revitalization

    • The Downtown Collaborative will be tasked to provide final recommendations to the ARA for the top three short term projects

    • Collaborate with ARA on planning and implementation of the projects

    • Assist in identifying and obtaining funding


Next steps1
Next Steps

  • Downtown Collaborative is made up of:

    • BOS

    • Open Space

    • Historic

    • Planning Board

    • Business Representative

    • Design Review

    • ARA

    • Facilitator


Next steps2
Next Steps

  • Convene the Downtown Collaborative in October 2013

  • November 2013 through May 2014: Meet monthly to collaborate on short term projects

  • January 2014 and April 2014 (estimated dates): Public Meetings

  • Spring/Summer 2014: Begin implementation of short term project(s)


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