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Informational meeting on proposed cultural district in Easthampton scheduled for Nov. 1

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View of Easthampton lookign down Union Street with Easthampton Congregational church in the center.

GORDON DANIELS View of Easthampton lookign down Union Street with Easthampton Congregational church in the center. Purchase photo reprints »

EASTHAMPTON — Residents can learn more about a proposed cultural district in the downtown at a community meeting Nov. 1.

The meeting takes place in the Municipal Building at 50 Payson Ave. at 4:30 p.m.

Led by Easthampton City Arts Plus, the city is applying for a cultural district designation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The City Council approved and issued a resolution supporting the application on Oct. 3.

A cultural district, according to the state Cultural Council, should be a “walkable” area that serves as a center of cultural, artistic and economic activity in the city. The proposed district will include parts of Main, Union, Holyoke and Railroad streets and Payson Avenue, as well as all of Cottage Street.

The city is looking for “community partners” to sign up to determine the direction of the district. The partnership will create a five-year plan, including details about how the district will be marketed and if it will be expanded, said ECA+ Coordinator Burns Maxey.

Maxey said the designation could attract more tourists to the city, and may provide opportunities to fund projects in the district in the future.

For information, visit www.easthamptoncityarts.com or call ECA+ at 527-8278.

Rebecca Everett can be reached at reverett@gazettenet.com.

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