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Watertown begins planning for riverfront revitalization

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WATERTOWN — The city is back on track to have a plan in place to connect downtown with the riverfront.

Last week, a 10-member steering committee had a kickoff meeting to talk about coming up with Watertown’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, or LWRP.

In May, the City Council agreed to retain a Saratoga Springs firm, Behan Planning and Design, to develop a draft plan for the city’s LWRP.

“We’re just getting started,” said senior city planner Jennifer Voss. “We met to explain aspects of the LWRP.”

The city first put together the LWRP plan in 2010, but it was never officially adopted.

Behan Planning and Design will update that plan, and then the City Council will adopt it, Ms. Voss said.

By doing so, the city will be eligible for grants to implement the recommendations in the plan, she said.

The update is needed because there have been many changes to areas along the Black River since the first document was written more than a decade ago.

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