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Union Street, Easthampton, redesign plans unveiled Monday

The city hired Cecil Group, an urban design and landscape architecture firm from Boston, in April after receiving a $10,000 grant to study improving the street from the state Department of Housing and Community Development.

After months of studying the street, traffic patterns, sidewalks and other features, the firm will present its redesign plans at a final meeting at the Municipal Building Monday at 6:30 p.m.

City Planner Jessica Allan said in a statement that the Cecil Group’s presentation will focus on pedestrian and bicycle safety, parking, landscaping, and traffic flow on Union Street.

She said residents and city officials at the meeting will use the design study to create a “vision plan” for a safer and more attractive Union Street.

The grant does not cover the cost of implementing any improvements, but will provide a guide to city officials of what changes to make when the city can afford them.

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

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