METRO WEST DAILY NEWS – Architects and city officials are putting the finishing touches on designs to revamp a section of East Main Street with the aim of beginning construction later this summer.
The city received a $2.7 million MassWorks grant in the fall to reconstruct a section of East Main Street from Main Street to Parmenter Road, a project city officials have said is long overdue. The work includes repaving the road, replacing water lines, building a new retaining wall and installing new sidewalks and bike lanes. A walkway to Spring Hill Cemetery will also be constructed.
Once the design plans are completed, the project will go out to bid. City Engineer Tom DiPersio anticipates construction will begin later this summer and the project will likely be completed next summer.
A traffic plan for when construction begins is part of the design work that is ongoing and expected to be finished soon, said DiPersio.
The total cost of the project is estimated to be about $3.2 million.
At the MassWorks grant award ceremony in the fall, city officials said the facelift of that portion of East Main Street has been needed for some time. They hope overhauling that section of the road will improve the businesses in that area and attract more mixed-use developments, bringing more residents downtown.
In late 2014, city officials approved a new downtown zoning district that encourages mixed-use projects with retail space on lower floors and housing on upper floors. The zoning changes eases requirements on parking and building dimensions for developers, who in turn have to comply with more stringent design standards.
The Atrium Place project, which features a four-story addition on top of Fish Restaurant for 40 new apartments, is the first that city officials approved as part of the new zoning.
The grant for the East Main Street project was awarded through the MassWorks Infrastructure Program, which is intended to be a “one-stop shop for municipalities and other eligible entities seeking public infrastructure funding to support economic development and job creation,” according to the state’s website.
Marlborough also received a $1.6 million MassWorks grant in fall 2013 to overhaul Simarano Drive. That project included repaving the road, widening a section of the road and adding sidewalks and bike lanes.
This article by Jeff Malachowski originally appeared here.