New City Infrastructure Improvements

Survey Responses Needed for 2023 Grant Application

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Please take our very brief survey here:

The City is applying for grants to fund the development of construction ready documents from the New City Infrastructure Master Plan conceptual designs and we need your help! 

If you live in the area shown in red in the map (right), please take this survey:

In order to apply for funding from the 2023 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, we need to obtain general income and household information from residents who live in the service area being considered for improvements. CDBG projects cannot be funded unless this information is obtained from all of the households who may benefit from a project. To help with this process, the City is working with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission to survey the area to collect this information and determine funding eligibility in accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development CDBG program regulations. 

The information is being gathered solely to determine eligibility for grant funding in your neighborhood. Individual survey responses are strictly confidential information and will not be shared and are not subject to public review. 

The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete and can be accessed here:

Without your participation in this survey, we may not be eligible to receive CDBG funds in this area which could jeopardize the implementation of these improvements. Please help us get the grant funding we need to implement this project by taking a few minutes of your time to complete the survey: Thank you!

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New City Infrastructure Master Plan

The final versions of the New City Infrastructure Master Plan (PDF) and the Appendices (PDF) are available for viewing/download. 

The neighborhood planning study to comprehensively evaluate and plan for the infrastructure needs in the New City neighborhood was completed in 2022. The next stage of the project will be to develop these conceptual plans into construction ready documents. The neighborhood area is bounded by Ferry Street at the north, Parsons Street to the east, Everett Street to the south and Lower Mill Pond to the west (red highlighted area in map above). The study and conceptual plans include evaluations of and improvements to public water, sewer and drainage systems, sidewalk and walking surfaces, roadway surfaces, street trees, potential opportunities for green infrastructure, and redesign of public parks around the former Parsons Street School.  

Community Workshop #2

On Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 10 am to 12 noon (rain date Sunday, May, 22) we will be holding our second public workshop of the study area at the Parson Street Park (corner of Parsons & Federal Streets). Our consultant, Fuss & O'Neill, will be there to present their findings and to hear your feedback on the proposed concept plans for neighborhood improvements and infrastructure needs: Parks on Parsons Street and Lincoln Street (PDF) and Right-of-Way enhancements on Lincoln Street, Emerald Place, and Ferry Street (PDF). If you are unable to attend this meeting and would like to provide us with any comments on the proposed concepts, please e-mail us.

Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing

On Tuesday, November 30th, from 7am to 5pm, Fuss & O'Neill will be conducting tests of the sanitary sewer in the New City Neighborhood using a non-toxic, non-staining, and odorless vapor that looks like smoke. Please do not be alarmed if you see "smoke" rising from building downspouts, vents, or drainage structures.

If "smoke" gets into your house, do not become alarmed. Open windows to allow ventilation, and note the location of where the it is coming from. Exit the building (in case it is a real fire) and notify the testing personnel in the area. The "smoke" will clear within a few minutes. For more information about smoke testing, please read this FAQ (PDF).

Community Workshop #1

On Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 12 noon to 2 pm (rain date Sunday, Nov. 21) we held a public workshop and walking tour of the study area to hear your priorities for the neighborhood improvements and infrastructure needs. The event was covered by the Gazette. Event flyer in English (PDF) and in Spanish (PDF). If you were unable to attend this meeting and would like to let us know about your priorities for neighborhood improvements and/or any infrastructure needs, please e-mail us your comments and/or take the brief survey (survey available until 12/20/2021):

Project Documents

Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. A collaborative effort between the Easthampton Planning Department, Easthampton Department of Public Work, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, and consulting design team Fuss & O'Neill.