Commencing October 1, 2022, the parking lot behind Old Town Hall and the parking lot next to Park Street and Bartlet Street will be reconfigured to better incorporate pedestrians, vehicles and all movement and circulation downtown. It will incorporate many green infrastructure and environmentally sustainable elements such as rain gardens and electric vehicle charging stations.
After a public bid process, Tropeano Construction was selected to implement the project. A project schedule will be displayed as soon as it is received. Anticpated staging and tree removal will happen in early October.
Parking will be available during the project, but may shift and change as the project progresses. The project is expected to take approximately 15 months.
The lots behind Old Town Hall were constructed in 1986 and have been in need of updates to improve stormwater management, traffic and circulation, and the overall pedestrian experience.
The improvement plans boast wider sidewalks which will enhance pedestrian safety, larger tree planting areas for healthier growth, and additional crosswalks and gathering spaces to enhance connectivity between the parking lots and downtown. The plans also include electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, areas for bike parking, and accessible van parking.