Bedford School 2 School Area Plan

INTRODUCTION

The Bedford School-to-School Area Plan is an integrated grassroots initiative that aims to showcase, enhance, and rediscover the town’s greatest assets. The steering committee and planning team are working with community members to create a vision for the Bridge Street corridor – from the historic Bedford High School, on the north end, to the historic Susie G. Gibson High School on the south end.

The plan will build upon Bedford’s rich traditions of education, architectural heritage, thriving arts and culture, natural beauty, and vibrant economy. This collaborative process will result in the development of strategic initiatives to promote a vital community in which to live and work.

Input from a community workshop on May 30th with approximately 100 people in attendance, along with discussions with the steering committee, guided the development of the concept described below. Land use, site conditions, opportunities, and constraints have also informed potential locations for specific project ideas generated at the community workshop.
These include:

• Redesign of the Farmers Market into an active and engaging public space.
• A multi-purpose park /square at the Vista Foods parking lot.
• Two multi-use trail loops for pedestrians and bicyclists to travel safely around Downtown.
• Brownfield-to-greenspace project near the train tracks.
• Transit loops that connect residents and visitors to important destinations.
• Streetscape improvements to enhance appeal and connectivity on Bridge St. and Depot St.
• Improvements to the Edmund St. Park Recreation Area
• Small scale retail opportunity near the proposed Greenway.
• Mixed-use development and streetscape improvements along Washington St.

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