...and what a new downtown can become!
Upton Town Meeting on May 2 2019 voted to go ahead with the first phase of the downtown revitalization project.
At Town Meeting on November 5 2019, the town voted for the next big steps to move the project forward. We are moving closer to a revitalized downtown!
These are some of the highlights of the project:
The Economic Development Committee (EDC) led a project to design a new downtown for Upton. You can read a 146-page report on the background and the initial vision at the town's website here.
A key component of the plan is a new building that will serve as community center, library, and senior center. Town Meeting approved funds for a detailed design of this important new building.
The town has acquired the abandoned building at 6 Main Street, with a plan to demolish it in support of the core zone of the new district.
You can email the EDC at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns.
On November 5, 2019, Upton Town Meeting approved the next steps: a new zoning bylaw, funding to design the new community center, and approval to acquire a derelict building. Thank you!
For more information on any of these events, please visit our News page
January 14 2020
A micro-brewery is interested in setting up in our downtown, across Warren St from the Town Hall.
Closing Warren Street
January 7 2020
The Board of Selectmen has decided to approve the closure of the south end of Warren Street.
November 2019 Town Meeting
November 5 2019
Town Meeting approved three important steps to advance the downtown project.
May 2019 Town Meeting
May 2 2019
Upton Town Meeting gave the downtown revitalization project the go-ahead. We're on our way!
A volunteer group of residents, of varying backgrounds and with varying interests, helped the Economic Development Committee imagine a new Upton.
Imagine if downtown Upton could be reinvented as a traditional New England village center and the heart of community life in our town, like it was in the early 1900s. Imagine if a sense of place could be created with a mix of historic buildings and classically designed new buildings surrounding the Town Common. The largest buildings are the historic civic and religious structures that occupy the most prominent locations. New buildings have a traditional New England small-town look and feel. And they were appropriately scaled and built with traditional New England style architecture, reminiscent of the Town’s heyday.
Imagine new buildings that would provide spaces for restaurants, cafes and local service businesses. Imagine that above the retail space there are new apartments with a range of sizes and rents that become home to new and long-time residents of Upton. Imagine that when motorists approach Upton Center on Route 140, they do so slowly so they can enjoy seeing our beautiful town center and the people that are out and about within the area. Imagine if visitors could park once and stroll around downtown to visit our library, the Historical Society Museum, attend an event, buy something to eat, sit on the common, or walk to Heritage Park, the Polly Bradish House, or Kiwanis Beach through a connected walkway.
Imagine if it were easy to stroll along paths beside Center Brook, or walk on sidewalks that are safe, well connected and attractive, including many places to sit, trees along the street, lush planters, and decorative light fixtures.
Imagine an Upton town center that every resident is proud of, enjoys visiting, and services the needs of the diverse population who lives within the community.
A Vision for Downtown Upton
A Downtown that Honors our History and Reflects New England Charm
Upton has a rich past and retains several historic buildings inside our downtown area. Upton Town Hall was built in 1884, renovated in 2014 and is listed on the National Historic Registry. Preserving our history is critical to the vision.