MassDevelopment is partnering with the City of Taunton to develop a new downtown plan for the City’s downtown area, and has launched a coUrbanize page to solicit input from the community. This initiative builds on other recent planning efforts, including the 2016 Taunton Technical Assistance Panel and the ongoing Master Planning Process. The master planning outreach revealed that the revitalization of downtown is a key priority for people who live, work, and play in Taunton, so this project – a related yet distinct effort from the City’s ongoing master plan – aims to design new spaces in downtown Taunton that promote activity, attract people to the downtown, integrate arts and culture on Main Street, and provide opportunities for entertainment. We are especially focused on a new design for Liberty Union Plaza and the riverfront area behind the City Hall redevelopment. We will also explore development feasibility and strategies for activating empty buildings downtown and incentivizing additional development, including market-rate housing.  
 
Members of the Taunton community can read updates and submit their feedback via courb.co/taunton. In May, MassDevelopment will be at Taunton Creates public art festival, where we will be looking for your feedback. We will also hold a public meeting in June 2018.