Dennis Port Revitalization Committee to present findings of Design Charrette Report

Find out what plans are in the making for the Village of Dennis Port

The Dennis Port Revitalization Committee (DRC) with Bill Dennis, Charrette facilitator, will present the findings of the Dennis Port Design Charrette Report on Wednesday, February 24th, at 6:00 PM. This presentation will be held at the Dennis Senior Center (Setucket Rd. and Rte. 134) with refreshments to follow courtesy of the Merchants of Dennis Port.

“We expect that the Charrette Report will identify projects that people will want to help implement, both short-term and long-term,” says Thom Huettner, Chairman of the DRC.  “Such projects will make a substantial difference to the appearance and use of the Dennis Port downtown.”

The presentation reflects the findings of the five-day Dennis Port Design Charrette held in October 2009 and the cumulative efforts of over 200 people and two years of preparation to bring the event to fruition.  Town officials, business owners and interested citizens from the Town of Dennis and neighboring towns were in attendance throughout the event.

The mission of the Dennis Port Design Charrette was to explore options to overcome a set of persistent interconnected barriers to redevelopment.  Issues included groundwater, traffic, historic, economic, public safety, land use, housing, social issues, alternative energy and arts and culture.

As a result of the Charrette, the DRC has already planned implementation of several short-term projects to directly benefit downtown Dennis Port.  Longer-term projects will take a collective effort to implement.  Says Thom Huettner, “We want to pinpoint project priorities and recruit volunteers.  Because ultimately, it comes down to the simple fact that many hands make light work.”

The Design Charrette Report is a road map and critical resource for directing growth and rebuilding the heart of the village.  Success lies in the willingness of citizens of Dennis Port and the Town of Dennis to take an active role in implementation and perseverance in solving the complex interrelated action items.  The DRC hopes to continue to add progress notes to the document on an annual basis.

The Dennis Port Design Charrette Report is available for viewing at dennisportrevitalization.org

Courtesy of the Dennis Port Revitalization Committee.

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