There's an important conversation taking place tonight, and town officials want you to be a part of the discussion.
A Community Development public hearing tonight, at 6:30, at Town Hall, will focus on the Park Street improvement project.
The plan would see funding if the town's 2013 Community Development Block Grant application, to be submitted Feb. 15, is successful in its pursuit of $900,000 of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development funds distributed by the state through the grant program.
Tonight's meeting is an opportunity for residents to be reintroduced to the Park Street plan, a compromise that was arrived at through a back-and-forth last year between residents, business owners and officials before the town's CDBG application was unfortunately denied. For those who still have questions left over from last year, tonight's the time to ask away and continue the dialogue.
While the town winning funding is not a certainty -- communities are competing for $13.5 million in CDBG funds this year, compared with last year's $28 million, which was in turn down from $34 million in 2011 -- last year's application for Park Street earned a perfect score from the state, though no funding.
As a result of the denial, the town has this year received a higher "community need" score from the state, which bodes well for this year's try.
There have been several exciting developments on Park Street in recent months. The prospect of the town winning on this year's CDBG application and bringing a redesign to Park Street represents yet another installment, and tonight's your chance to lend your strength to that pursuit.