May 23: South Millyard Project design charrettes at Doubletree Hilton

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MANCHESTER, NH –  A design charrette has been scheduled for May 23 for residents, property owners and stakeholders to discuss the development of the South Millyard area. All are welcome to give input to help shape the future of the South Millyard area in downtown Manchester.

The South Millyard project charrette’s overall vision is to create a schematic design for downtown connection and a multimodal hub; a project with the potential to improve all types of transportation systems in order to ensure the city’s continued economic health and growth. All of downtown/Millyard is in the study area, but the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant project is focused on the area from Granite Street to Queen City Avenue (from north to south) and Elm Street across the river to Second Street (from east to west).

Three project charrette sessions will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Manchester, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and a final feedback session at 7 p.m.

A charette is another term for an intensive planning session that includes the community, and other “stakeholders” in a particular project.

“We’re looking forward to getting input from the businesses, residents and visitors regarding the South Millyard area,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “I encourage everyone to stop by, share ideas and learn more about this initiative.”

The South Millyard charrette is a direct result of the City of Manchester’s announcement to pursue a BUILD grant to explore development in the South Commercial and South Elm Street areas of the Millyard.

BUILD grants can provide a unique opportunity for the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives. They’re administered by USDOT to support communities to obtain funding for multi-modal, multi-jurisdictional projects that are more difficult to support through traditional DOT programs.

WHAT: South Millyard Project Charrette
WHEN: Thursday, May 23
Workshop Sessions: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. OR 1 p.m. – 4:p.m.
Feedback/Presentation Session: 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: DoubleTree Downtown Manchester, 700 Elm St.

The South Millyard project charrette is free and open to the public.