Gary Ayrassian, the Director of Planning and Development pointed out that as many communities grow, they become ugly and over-developed. He wanted to create a new paradigm for Attleboro where we would counter-balance urban development with open space. Once I heard the idea, I was all in.

The most notable example of this can be seen in the center of the city with the development of the Attleboro Intermodal Transportation Center, working with a development partner to create Renaissance Station North and soon to follow Renaissance Station South, the final piece to the project is Riverfront Drive. We have laid out the road and the utilities for the transit-oriented development zone and there is room for new buildings. That is the urban development, but counter-balanced with it will be open space, Robbins Park, named after my predecessor as Mayor and the former chairwoman of the ARA. The park will feature a cantilevered walkway that will connect Balfour Park to Robbins Park.

And that is another part of what we are trying to do, we are trying to make connections in the city. With this one project, we are connecting Wall Street to Olive Street with Riverfront Drive and we are connecting Balfour Park and Robbins Park.

By creating connections and balancing development with open space we are moving towards making Attleboro more walkable — an “urban village” — that we trust will become an engine for economic growth for Attleboro.

 

Attleboro’s ‘Emerald Necklace’ taking shape
$1.1M boardwalk grant for Ten Mile River another piece in parks vision
BY GEORGE W. RHODES SUN CHRONICLE STAFF Apr 24, 2016

 

New Riverfront Drive, Robbins Park in Attleboro expected to be completed by year’s end
BY GEORGE W. RHODES SUN CHRONICLE STAFF Jun 15, 2016

 

Attleboro moves one step closer to its new ‘urban village’
Work accelerates on city’s riverfront road
BY GEORGE W. RHODES SUN CHRONICLE STAFF Jun 30, 2016

 

Attleboro’s Renaissance Station reports full occupancy
Retail space remains empty
BY GEORGE W. RHODES SUN CHRONICLE STAFF Sep 12, 2016

 

In Attleboro, a treasure begins to take shape
What was once industrial wasteland, will soon be a beautiful riverfront park
BY GEORGE W. RHODES / SUN CHRONICLE STAFF Nov 21, 2016