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MEDC to host public forum on downtown redevelopment

BANKER & TRADESMAN – The Marlborough Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) on Thursday will hold a public forum to collect community input on plans to redevelop Marlborough’s downtown.

The Downtown Marlborough Public Forum, hosted in collaboration with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), will be held at the Masonic Hall. At the event, community members will be able to learn about planned changes for the downtown area, such as rezoning the downtown into a mixed-use area, as well as provide the City Council with recommendations.

MEDC and MAPC have also started distributing the Downtown Marlborough Survey, which has gathered 500 responses since its launch March 3.

“Marlborough belongs to its residents, its workers and its property and business owners,” MEDC Executive Director Tim Cummings said in a statement. “So it is our duty to consult them thoroughly, as we consider the introduction of major zoning changes to Marlborough’s downtown. Anything we decide will ultimately impact the local community, so we have to seriously consider everyone’s ideas and be sure that we are all on the same page.”

A technical assistance panel from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Boston issued a list of recommendations aimed at reviving Marlborough’s downtown area in early February. After the panel presented its report to the Marlborough City Council, MEDC began creating a plan to implement some of the recommendations. Cummings hopes to have the plan ready to implement by May.

This article was originally published here.