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Marlborough residents want more downtown dining, entertainment options

BANKER & TRADESMAN – More downtown dining, leisure and entertainment options were at the top of the wish list for Marlborough community members who attended the Downtown Marlborough Public Forum on Thursday.

The open event, which was organized by the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), and facilitated by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), allowed community to learn about the planned changes for the downtown area and voice their own opinions. Forum participants were also shown images of various buildings, and asked to vote on whether they think the architectural styles would be a good fit for Marlborough.

“People in Marlborough care deeply about their city, and that makes holding this kind of event extremely important,” Tim Cummings, MEDC executive director, said in a statement. “We’re not just asking the community to support our plans. We are looking for them to guide us, to tell us what they want their city to look and feel like. And I think we are off to a great start.”

Nearly 40 of the event’s 100 attendees desired an arts and theatre space on Marlborough’s Main Street. Other requests included an outdoor café, a brewpub and a movie theater. Local transportation, nightlife options, a music hall, condominiums and a local food market also placed high on the community’s downtown Marlborough wish list.

MEDC and MAPC plan to hold three more of these public sessions. The first will be held on April 17 and focus on transportation and parking.

This article originally appeared here.