Friends of Norwood Center is a dynamic group of people interested in making the most of Downtown Norwood. The group is made up of residents, business owners, town employees, and advocates of the "shop local" movement. You don't even have to live in Norwood to be involved. You simply have to share our goal: making Norwood Center a thriving, vibrant, exciting downtown for everyone!
Want to get involved? We'd love to have you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application or to share you thoughts. Come to some meetings! We want (and need) your ideas!
Don't have that much time to give but still want to make a difference? Start by making choices that focus on your local Downtown. Need a new shovel? Come to True Value on Washington Street (easy parking in the back). Need a new hoodie? Charles River Running has you covered! Going to dinner? Downtown has oodles of options! Need a new bank? Come to Downtown Norwood!
Each dollar you spend creates the community you want. We want you to come to Norwood Center -- the Heart of Norwood!
The Department of Town Planning and Economic Development has been working on a proposed Multi Use Overlay District for the Downtown Business District of Norwood Center. This zoning bylaw change would allow for the potential redevelopment and creation of buildings with multiple uses. This concept harkens back to a time when business owners had their shop on the first floor while lived in a residence upstairs.
Have you noticed the vacancies in Downtown Norwood? Making this change can help because building owners can invest in their properties in new ways. Retail has changed and the long, narrow storefronts are obsolete. Adopting this bylaw opens the potential for a thriving downtown. Bring people to downtown, businesses will follow!
To learn more about this bylaw, come to the Willett room at the Norwood Civic Center Wednesday, April 3rd at 7pm. A slideshow presentation will be given. Your input and questions will be welcome.
These blog posts are written by Friends of Norwood Center Board Members and blog contributors. Look for author attribution in each post.