Adams embarks on formulating a strategy to revitalize downtown businesses, foot traffic | News

ADAMS — Local planners, using state money, are working on 14 plans to help the downtown area recover from coronavirus pandemic damage and, thus, revitalize the town.

During the July 15 meeting to gather input from Adams residents on the plans, Mark Maloy, a manager at the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, explained it was all part of the state’s Local Rapid Recovery Plan program, which is funded and designed to aid in the revitalization of downtowns across the state.

The planning commission is partnering with the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development, along with three local entities — Downtown Adams, ProAdams and the town government.

The Department of Housing and Community Development awarded a grant for conceiving the plan in March.

There are three phases to embarking on an action plan. Phase 1 is to diagnose the challenges that Adams faces. Phase 2 is to devise action plans that will help…

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