Envision Wakefield: Downtown Revitalization

envision wakefield downtown revitalization with red pinpoint

At November’s Town Meeting, residents voted to conduct a design study as part of the Town’s downtown revitalization project. The Town enlisted VHB, a civil-engineering consulting and design firmto help us conceptualize improved multimodal transportation and accessibility, enhanced aesthetics, and a unique identity for our Town.

Community involvement

Third Public Meeting: April 9, 2019

On April 9, VHB presented refined concepts of the Main, Albion, and Water Street areas. They proposed several approaches to parking on these and surrounding roadways and took questions from the audience. VHB also touched upon some of the material choices that would be made in the future and how construction would be funded.

Video of the event will be posted as soon as it is available. You can view the full presentation deck here.


Second Public Meeting: March 21, 2019

Our second public meeting was held on March 21. Significant data on parking was reviewed, and several concepts on each section of the corridor were presented. Participants then had the opportunity to review printed plans and discuss ideas and concerns with engineers.

Video of the event can be viewed at the right and you can follow along with the presentation here


First Public Meeting: February 12, 2019

Our first public meeting was held on February 12 at the Galvin Middle School. Moderated by VHB, our discussion covered the Main, Albion, and Water Street areas, including the Town Common, Common Street, Spaulding Street, and Lake Avenue. View a project map here.

VHB reported on their preliminary observations of the areas and facilitated breakout sessions to gain input on current challenges, ideas for improvements, and vision for the future. You can watch WCAT's coverage of the meeting at the right and follow along with the presentation slides. If you were unable to attend in person but would like to share feedback, utilize this interactive form.


Next steps

April 29: Spring Town Meeting, 7 p.m., Galvin Middle School

Feedback from our public meetings and stakeholder focus groups has helped us further formulate and refine concepts, with the second phase of the project being up for a vote at April’s Town Meeting. Want more information? Read our FAQs.

Aerial map of Wakefield with parts of Main, Albion, Water, Common, and Spaulding streets highlighted


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