BERLIN — Berlin residents have an opportunity to stay involved in the Berlin Town Center Project this spring even though public meetings have had to be cancelled.
The Berlin Planning Commission wanted to keep this important community project on schedule despite the Covid-19 crisis and has moved the public engagement and outreach effort online.
Throughout the month of May anyone interested can participate in the Berlin Town Center Virtual Workshop hosted at https://placesense.com/berlin/.
It has been 20 years in the making, but Berlin is poised for its Town Center to become a reality according to Dana Hadley, Berlin Town Administrator.
“What an exciting time! Berlin Town Center is taking shape with a groundbreaking on the new Spruce Place, a 98 unit Senior Housing Project.”
Through the support of Berlin voters, the town has invested in the water and sewer infrastructure and zoning changes needed to support a walkable, mixed-use center.
The town’s next step is getting state new town center and neighborhood development area designations to attract private investment and increase the town’s ability to obtain grant funding for Town Center projects.
The ideas provided by workshop participants will help shape the Town Center Master Plan currently being developed.
The Virtual Workshop includes a number of activities, including survey questions, photo preference questions, and image galleries people can view and contribute to, and a section where participants can post, read and respond to comments.
The workshop is organized into three topics: Getting Around the Town Center, Things to Do in the Town Center, and the Look and Feel of the Town Center.
The Berlin Selectboard encourages townspeople to continue to show support for the town center effort.
For more information or assistance with participating in the Virtual Workshop, contact Brandy Saxton who is assisting the Berlin Planning Commission with the workshop and Town Center planning efforts at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 280-8360.