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Big Step Toward a Final Design for Lower Village

March 12, 2014

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When you’re traveling through Lower Village this spring, don’t be surprised if you see people with cameras, surveying equipment or clipboards.  The Planning Department has recently contracted with Howard/ Stein- Hudson Associates (HSH) out of Boston to prepare a set of final design and construction plans for safety and traffic improvements in Lower Village. Through a thorough proposal and engaging interview, HSH demonstrated their blend of knowledge in transportation engineering and public engagement.  Their knowledge of the nuts and bolts of state funding, combined with a context sensitive approach to traffic and drainage designs in Lower Village made HSH stand out from the others.

This spring the Planning Department and Board will be working with Howard/Stein-Hudson and members of the community to build on the success of last summer’s Visual Preference Survey and tie in appropriate transportation updates to the Lower Village concept plan – finally bringing Stow to shovel ready status by September.  It is an ambitious timeline, but all the moving parts are coming together.

The Planning Department and wider Stow community will be working with Howard/Stein – Hudson to submit an application to the MassWorks Infrastructure Grant Program,  building on the positive direction already taken by the Stow community.  The MassWorks program stresses the enhancement of economic development, housing opportunities and transportation safety improvements in small communities.  Stow has certainly been making strides on several fronts.  From the Town Meeting vote authorizing funds for final traffic design and construction funds, to the authorization to conduct a water system feasibility study for economic development in Lower Village, Stow has shown proactive engagement of some of the toughest challenges in Town.  Add to that, the ongoing development of design guidelines, which will direct Lower Village to contextual design, and you have the kind of multifaceted approach it takes to move a project forward.

So stay tuned for upcoming announcements of workshops and updates and please do not hesitate to contact the Planning Department for more information or to find out how you can be involved!

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