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Sturbridge planners hear revitalization update

October 06, 2009
STURBRIDGE — A representative from the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) visited the Planning Board Tuesday to provide an update on the commercial/tourist district revitalization plan.

Rosemary Scrivens of CMRPC, who has been working closely with the town on the plan, discussed the timeline for completion of the study she is conducting, which will be the basis for the completed revitalization plan.

Beginning in August, Scrivens said she conducted an immersion day, during which she met with Selectman Thomas Creamer who established the Merchants of Sturbridge cooperative earlier this year, as well as three employers, four independent merchants and four local developers.

After that initial session, Scrivens hit the street, traversing the section of Route 20 from the intersection of Brookfield Road to Cedar Street, talking with additional business personnel, current and former town leaders and other stakeholders in that district.

"I've been doing in-person interviews in the district," Scrivens said.

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