New City Infrastructure Planning Study
A neighborhood planning study to comprehensively evaluate and plan for the infrastructure needs in the New City neighborhood. The study area is bounded by Ferry Street at the north, Parsons Street to the east, Everett Street to the south and Lower Mill Pond to the west. The study will include evaluations of public water, sewer and drainage systems, sidewalk and walking surfaces, roadway surfaces, street trees, potential opportunities for green infrastructure, and redesign of public parks around the former Parsons Street School.
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Community Workshop #2
On Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 10 am to 12 noon (rain date Sunday, May, 22) we will be holding our second public workshop of the study area at the Parson Street Park (corner of Parsons & Federal Streets). Our consultant, Fuss & O'Neill, will be there to present their findings and to hear your feedback on the proposed concept plans for neighborhood improvements and infrastructure needs: Parks on Parsons Street and Lincoln Street (PDF) and Right-of-Way enhancements on Lincoln Street, Emerald Place, and Ferry Street (PDF). If you are unable to attend this meeting and would like to provide us with any comments on the proposed concepts, please e-mail us.
Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing
On Tuesday, November 30th, from 7am to 5pm, Fuss & O'Neill will be conducting tests of the sanitary sewer in the New City Neighborhood using a non-toxic, non-staining, and odorless vapor that looks like smoke. Please do not be alarmed if you see "smoke" rising from building downspouts, vents, or drainage structures.
If "smoke" gets into your house, do not become alarmed. Open windows to allow ventilation, and note the location of where the it is coming from. Exit the building (in case it is a real fire) and notify the testing personnel in the area. The "smoke" will clear within a few minutes. For more information about smoke testing, please read this FAQ (PDF).
Community Workshop #1
On Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 12 noon to 2 pm (rain date Sunday, Nov. 21) we held a public workshop and walking tour of the study area to hear your priorities for the neighborhood improvements and infrastructure needs. The event was covered by the Gazette. Event flyer in English (PDF) and in Spanish (PDF). If you were unable to attend this meeting and would like to let us know about your priorities for neighborhood improvements and/or any infrastructure needs, please e-mail us your comments and/or take the brief survey (survey available until 12/20/2021):
- Concept Plans for Parks on Parsons Street and Lincoln Street revised 5/3/2022 (PDF)
- Concept Plans for Right-of-Way enhancements on Lincoln Street, Emerald Place, and Ferry Street revised 5/3/2022 (PDF)
- Parsons Street Park Conceptual Improvements & Visuals (PDF)
- Lincoln Street Parcel Conceptual Park Improvements & Visuals (PDF)
- New City Right of Way Conceptual Improvements & Visuals (PDF)
- New City Drainage Problems Map (PDF)
- Existing conditions and study area map (PDF)
- Read the Request for Proposals for Engineering Services (PDF)
- Read Fuss & O'Neill's RFP response (PDF)
Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. A collaborative effort between the Easthampton Planning Department, Easthampton Department of Public Work, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, and consulting design team Fuss & O'Neill.