Agawam mayor wants $5.2M to rehabilitate Walnut Street Extension

Proposal would create pedestrian-friendly downtown

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Downtown Agawam could soon get a facelift, but it would come at a high price for taxpayers. Mayor Richard Cohen has sponsored a resolution to transform Walnut Street Extension; making the area more pedestrian-friendly by adding an outdoor pedestrian plaza, on-street parking, and bike and walking paths.

To make the project happen, Cohen asked the City Council to borrow $5.2 million for the project, which he hopes would boost business in the area.

Some residents worry the money is needed elsewhere, but Cohen told 22News, the city has been planning this project for over decade.

“This has been a project that has been waiting since 1984. It has been waiting a long time, and we’re not going to pit one project against another project, this is the time to do this,” Cohen said.

Cohen said they are looking into grants to make the project cheaper.

The Agawam City Council will hold a public meeting at Agawam Middle School at 7:00 Monday night to discuss the proposal and answer any questions residents may have. A vote on the resolution is scheduled for April 18.

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