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Westborough State Hospital Planning Charrette

A charrette planning session will be held on April 12.

Westborough High School. Credit: Patch
Westborough High School. Credit: Patch

In connection with its planning efforts to determine what residents of the Town want for the future use of the former Westborough State Hospital property, The Town of Westborough is announcing that on April 12, 2014 it will hold a Planning Charrette open to all Westborough residents and taxpayers.  The Charrette will start at 9 AM and will run until approximately 2 PM in the afternoon and will be held at Westborough High School. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  For planning purposes, residents interested in participating are asked to RSVP to charrette@town.westborough.ma.us . 

 A charrette is a planning tool with professional facilitators that work with stakeholders to explore possible redevelopment scenarios.  This charrette will focus on how the Town might move forward with the redevelopment of the former State Hospital property. 

 Charrettes take place in many disciplines, including land use planning.  A Planning charrette (sometimes called an enquiry by design or an interactive workshop) typically involves intense day long meetings involving municipal officials, developers, and residents.  A successful charrette promotes joint ownership of solutions and attempts to defuse typical confrontations between residents and developers.  Residents who participate will get an opportunity to provide input into the planning process. 

 Westborough has engaged Dr. John Mullin, President of Mullin Associates and Associate Director of the Center for Economic Development from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.   Dr. Mullin is a Professor in the Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Associate Director of the Center for Economic Development, and former Dean of the Graduate School. His research and professional interests focus upon industrial revitalization, port development and downtown planning.  A Senior Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Mullin has written or edited over 100 book chapters, book reviews, technical reports, journal articles, and conference proceedings.

 Again, residents that are interested in participating should RSVP via email to charrette@town.westborough.ma.us or residents that don’t have access to email can call the Selectmen’s Office at (508) 366-3030.

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