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January 1, 2014

In Amesbury, change is arriving

Lower Millyard work to begin this year; city will transition to new leadership


The Lower Millyard

After years of discussion, planning and debating, the revitalization of the Lower Millyard is finally expected to begin in earnest this year.

Over the coming months, the soil contaminated by industrial pollutants will be scraped out and replaced with clean soil, and what was once an ugly, blighted brownfield will transform into a new downtown park.

At the same time, the new Department of Public Works garage is expected to be completed on South Hunt Road, and when that has happened, the old garage in the Lower Millyard will be torn down, clearing the area of one of the city’s most notorious eyesores.

Work on the final phase of the Riverwalk Trail is also expected to begin, and once that’s done, the trail will connect the Carriagetown Marketplace to Main Street, allowing visitors a clear path between the city’s two main shopping destinations.

Additional work on Water Street and the surrounding buildings will continue into 2015 and beyond, but if all goes well, the Lower Millyard should look completely different by the end of the year.

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