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Residents work on revitalizing Sturbridge center

May 30, 2009
STURBRIDGE — As the Sturbridge Planning Board prepares to address revitalization of a certain area of town later this summer, a handful of homegrown initiatives aim to make that process a little easier.

The Downtown Revitalization Plan will address concerns in the town's commercial tourist district — Route 148 to approximately Old Sturbridge Village — ranging from storefront vacancies to ways of making the town more appealing to perspective businesses.

"Central Mass Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) will be working with the board to prepare that plan," said Town Planner Jean Bubon.

Bubon explained that state approval was required by CMRPC before any official work could begin on the plan. With that approval just recently granted, Bubon expects the first meeting regarding the revitalization plan to be held at the end of June or beginning of July.

See Monday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage.

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