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'Compelling story' needed for downtown development

These trees grace Main Street, a major (but not exclusive) focus for the Economic Development Commission's effort to revitalize Southbridge. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
May 03, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — The two keys to making almost anything happen in revamping a town are ideas and money.

"If we can figure out a concept that makes sense, I think we can find the money," Ted Carman of Concord Square Development told the new Economic Development Commission Tuesday, May 1.

He and architect Dan Benoit were recently hired with state grant funds to do strategic financial planning necessary to make the town's long-term downtown redevelopment effort possible. The Urban Renewal Plan itself is still awaiting state approval, something Economic Development Director Sandy Acly said she expects to happen in the next week or so. As part of the process, she added, the Redevelopment Authority recently approved grants for intersection survey and redesign work and traffic study.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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