Watertown to develop revitalization plan for riverfront

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WATERTOWN — The city will finally have a plan in place to connect downtown with the riverfront.

On Monday night, the City Council agreed to retain a Saratoga Springs firm, Behan Planning and Design, to develop a draft plan for Watertown’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, or 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, senior city planner Jennifer Voss said.

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

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, Ms. Voss said.

A state grant is paying for the work that will be done on finalizing the plan. Behan will be paid $60,000 to put the update together.

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