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60 attend community forum aiming to help revive Heights

Participate in developing a Neighborhood Action Plan

UPDATED, May 24: The town's Planning Department is working with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council on a neighborhood action plan for Arlington Heights, and they held a community forum Wednesday, May 23, at the Dallin Elementary School. An estimated 60 people attended. A summary will be published.

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During the forum, representatives from the town and council plan to present options for spurring neighborhood revitalization, including an analysis of existing barriers to investment and potential solutions for those problems. Community participation in this meeting will be key at this interactive forum, a May 10 town news release says.

"Arlington Heights still has that traditional neighborhood feel, and while some things are leaving, it provides an opportunity for new things to come to the neighborhood and make it an even better place to live and work," says Karen Walson in the release. She co-owns Classic Kitchen and Bath Design at 1321 Mass. Ave. in the Heights. "It’s exciting that the town has taken the time and invested in working with MAPC to engage in this planning process."

This is the first public meeting for the Arlington Heights planning project, which launched in late 2017. It is a continuation of the work done by Support Arlington Heights at a community meeting in the summer of 2016.

The planning process will result in an Arlington Heights Neighborhood Action Plan, implementing goals outlined in the 2015 master plan as well at the town’s arts-and-culture action plan.

This work is funded through by the council through the District Local Technical Assistance program. The town Department of Planning and Community Development was awarded a $30,000 last winter.


To be notified about upcoming public meetings for the project, contact the council's Cynthia Wall at cwall[@] or 617-933-0756, and Ali Carter from the Town of Arlington at acarter[@] or 781-316-3095.

 Aug. 1, 2016: 100 turn out to help the Heights live up to its name

This announcement was published on Friday, May 11, 2018, and updated May 24.

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