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Why are we concentrating our redevelopment efforts in South Hadley Falls?

In 2007-2009, the South Hadley master-planning process iden­tified five core initiatives during its robust public engagement pro­cess. The number one core initiative was the revitalization of South Hadley Falls. Town Meeting Members subsequently adopted and endorsed the Master Plan in 2010, including the commitment to revitalize South Hadley Falls.  In 2012, at the Town’s request, the American Institute of Architect’s Sustainable Design Assistance Team (SDAT) visited South Hadley Falls and met with South Hadley residents.  The SDAT then provided a compelling vision for the area.


While there are other parts of town in need redevelopment, only the South Hadley Falls area meets the Commonwealth’s narrow criteria for the establishment of a targeted redevelopment area under the direction of a redevelopment authority.  Those criteria include the proportion of vacant lots, empty stores, and properties with deferred maintenance issues.  But that does not mean that Town officials are uninterested in redevelopment in other parts of the community.  The Selectboard, Town Administrator, Planning Director and Planning Board, as well as the Redevelopment Authority Chair, are all actively engaged in redeveloping other parts of South Hadley.

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1. Why are we concentrating our redevelopment efforts in South Hadley Falls?
2. Do we have a vision and a strategy for redeveloping South Hadley Falls
3. Did you take public input into consideration when you chose the actions in the plan?
4. What part of South Hadley Falls is the main focus of the redevelopment effort?
5. What is a Redevelopment Authority?
6. What does an urban renewal plan look like?
7. What does South Hadley’s redevelopment plan do to improve the infrastructure in the target redevelopment area of South Hadley Falls?
8. How does this plan attempt to attract developers to South Hadley Falls?
9. Why would a parcel acquisition by the South Hadley Redevelopment Authority be necessary?
10. Can the plan be amended?
11. How come not all vacant or blighted buildings/lots are included in the plan?
12. How will the plan be funded?
13. If I have a property in the South Hadley Falls Plan area, will it restrict what I can do with it?
14. When will the actions in the plan take place?
15. How can I keep up with the implementation of the plan?
16. Is the Urban Renewal Plan the same as a Master Plan?
17. What will the plan do for me?
18. What won’t the plan do for me?
19. Is the South Hadley Redevelopment Authority acquiring my property as a part of this plan?
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