City takes further step towards creation of Wareham Village urban renewal plan

In the coming months, the city will develop an urban renewal plan for the village of Wareham.

The Wareham Redevelopment Authority met with a consultant on November 18 to discuss the village of Wareham and explore the different parts and benefits of an urban renewal plan.

An urban renewal plan is “a strategy for the redevelopment and revitalization of unhealthy, decadent and dilapidated open areas for residential, commercial, industrial, commercial, governmental, recreational, educational, hospital or other purposes”, according to state.

Cities with an approved urban renewal plan can acquire real estate, including in eminent domain; demolish or rehabilitate structures; and receive grants and loans, among other powers.

After an informative discussion with consultant Emily Innes of Innes Associates, the authority encouraged the city to move forward with the project.

Innes explained that she was brought in to discuss “components of a plan” and “things redevelopment authorities can do with one.”

She also discussed “what other communities have done”. She has worked on urban renewal plans for communities in Brockton, Fall River and New Bedford.

City planner Ken Buckland said the next step is to go through the procurement process and select someone to create the plan.

The city obtained $ 45,000 in grant funds of the Community Compact Program which will cover at least part of the plan’s development costs, according to Buckland. On average, city renewal plans can cost between $ 75,000 and $ 120,000, Buckland said.

Buckland said on Nov. 22 that the city had already received a quote from a consultant who could create a plan for $ 45,000.

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