I could say, "Shaun, me lad, read the past five years of this blog, and take notes", but let's assume that the TA has no clue this page exists, and has never read any of the input, suggestions, comments, and postings concerning improvements along the corridor from New Boston Road to Route 148 that have been made over that past 60 months, or so.
I will list the Top 21 here, and hopefully the TA will add them to his list. I believe many of them are on his "To Do" list already.
- First, develop a design theme for the area.
- A large, well designed "Welcome To Sturbridge" sign on the median on Route 20.
- Traffic light at the intersection of Rout 20, and New Boston Road.
- Sidewalk from New Boston Road to the existing sidewalk on the north side of Route 20.
- Sidewalks on both sides of Route 20 to Route 148.
- New wider, sidewalks.
- Traffic light at the intersection of Route 20, and Arnold Road with pedestrian "button" to control the walk signal.
- The addition of a crosswalk, with a pedestrian controlled traffic light, at the existing traffic lights in front of the former Picadilly Pub, and across the street from the Mobil gas station. This would allow safer access to Route 131, and the Common District.
- Bury the utility lines.
- Install new lighting along the sidewalks the entire way from New Boston Road to Brookfield Road.
- Install more crosswalks, and upgrade the existing crosswalks with simulated brick (stamped concrete), or some other design that will be permanent, and not require re-marking every year.
- Banners, and or signs that promote our area hanging from poles along Main Street.
- A municipal parking lot.
- Frequent sitting niches beside the side walk for people to rest while walking along our very long Main Street.
- Refurbishment of the stone walls that border the sidewalks.
- Revitalization of the mill area at the intersection of Route 20, and Holland Road, our western gateway.
- Removal of some of the trees along Cedar Lake on Route 20 in order to beautify the area with an unparalleled view of the lake.
- Consistent, well designed, easy to read signage indicating the local points of interest, trails, shops, and lodging along the road, and at intersections.
- Markers, signs, plaques, like those in the small park beside the mill store, that explain the local history of our area.
- A river way park, with a footbridge, that will connect Main Street to the trail on the south side of the Quinebaug River.
- Flower boxes / plantings on the median strip from the former Picadilly Pub to Cedar Street.
From the Worcester Telegram
Sturbridge wants plans to upgrade Main Street
Town Administrator Shaun A. Suhoski said the town wants to make streetscape, pedestrian, parking and roadway improvements along Main Street (Route 20) from its intersection with New Boston Road at the eastern gateway through its intersection with Brookfield Road at the western gateway.
The estimated cost of the planning project is $120,000.
“Sturbridge has seen a resurgence in new and re-investment along its commercial corridors over the past 18 months,” Mr. Suhoski said. “The focus of this study will be to support and re-invigorate the traditional commercial tourist area along Main Street while enhancing the gateways to the community.”
At the eastern gateway, selective demolition and asbestos removal have begun at a vacant hotel.
Plans for a new Holiday Inn Express were approved for the site several years ago, but the property owner has begun talking with the Planning Board about potential zoning adjustments for a restaurant and small bank branch on the site as well, Mr. Suhoski said.
And at the western gateway, some have shown an interest in a commercial redevelopment of a former mill site at Holland Road and Main Street, Mr. Suhoski said.
“The potential for keystone developments at each gateway location is very favorable if developers work with the town planner and planning board to meet the town’s vision for these areas,” Mr. Suhoski said. “Local officials realize that an open dialogue with the business sector to achieve the best possible development is also good for the residential sector, its tax base and local employment. Sturbridge is open for business.”