“The Rise of the Falls”, as the effort is known, seeks to implement smart growth principles by increasing connectivity with paths for bicycle and pedestrian traffic, allowing better access to the river, and promoting mixed-use development, while incorporating the area’s industrial heritage.
With the help of consultants, paid for with the help of a $15,000 grant from the American Institute of Architecture and its Center for Communities, the South Hadley Board of Selectmen recently took the first steps towards revitalizing The Falls.
Among the steps that the town will be taking to begin revitalizing the area are applying for Historic District status, reconstructing the intersection where Main Street , Canal Street, and High Street intersect, and establishing the “Rise of the Falls Facilitation Group”.
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