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Marlboro plans zoning changes

WORCESTER TELEGRAM – The Marlboro Economic Development Corporation has announced plans to bring forward substantial zoning changes in the city of Marlboro, in order to spur economic growth in the downtown area.

MEDC Executive Director Tim Cummings says his organization will aim to begin enacting those changes as early as May.

The announcement comes after the release of a detailed report, compiled by a Technical Assistance Panel from the Urban Land Institute in Boston, outlined strategies for the redevelopment and revitalization of the Marlboro downtown area.

A vision plan for the Marlboro’s downtown district includes three primary objectives:

•Transforming the area from a Main Street strip commercial corridor to a veritable Downtown District;

•Encouraging new development and businesses to create a vibrant retail, restaurant and arts destination;

•Improving connections and links to existing citywide assets.

Among the panel’s key recommendations to achieve this vision plan are:

•Changing zoning and parking regulations in the downtown area to attract new development and encourage commercial growth;

•Implementing various physical improvements along Main Street, Granger Boulevard and the Assabet River Rail Trail to create a vibrant, convenient and inviting downtown district for residents and visitors;

•Making use of creative financing to incentivize redevelopment initiatives;

•Encouraging adaptive reuse projects to revive currently vacant historic downtown buildings;

•Creating a local transportation network to ease access to the downtown area for residents and employees living and working outside the downtown core.

This story originally appeared here.