The following vision was developed by the EDC and a public working group of more than 40 Upton residents, young and old. It is intended to be used as a guide to direct the future revitalization of Upton Center.
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, most of which already exist, are the historic civic and religious structures that occupy the most prominent locations. Imagine if we were to ensure that any new buildings had a traditional New England small-town look and feel. And that 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.
The following concept diagram reflects the joint work of the EDC and the Working Group. This is only a proposal to support the vision. Actual details will come later as the project progresses.