Town of Newmarket – Award Winner for 2009
As the electrical wires and the work signs recede, a new downtown Newmarket has emerged. After many, many years of planning, a vibrant commercial core and a truly ‘livable, walkable’ center has been created. What better way to honor this achievement than to create a timeline of the tremendous planning that made it happen.
The Town of Newmarket: Journey Toward Downtown Revitalization
- 1978 “A New Life for Downtown” Brochure
- Survey of downtown, parking, analysis of visual resources, history and recommendations
- 1983 Newmarket Community Development Corporation incorporated as private nonprofit.
- 1984 Essex Mills Appraisal
- 1989 Lamprey River Harbor Management Plan “develop a vision that is both politically and economically practical”
- 1993 Planning and Economic Development Study
Includes details on municipal infrastructure constraints
- 1994 Essex Mills Study by JSA Inc. Architects
- 1994 Town Master Plan
- 1995 Remedial Action Plan for Essex Mill Site
- Technical report on detection and remediation plan for onsite pollutants
- 1995 Newmarket Parking Study
- Completed by UNH students and discussed survey, parking issues
- 1995 Tourism Study
- Survey of residents and businesses with recommendations for development of tourism opportunities applicable to development of downtown area.
- 1996 Lamprey River Park and Riverwalk Project Report and Feasibility Study
- Recommendations and concepts for riverwalk and mill redevelopment.
- 1996 Essex Mills Redevelopment Plan – RKG Associates
- 1997 Essex Mills Structural Review – JSN Associates
- 1997 Essex Mills sold to Newmarket Community Development Corporation
- 1998 Town residents approve Tax Increment Finance District for Downtown area
- 2000 Newmarket Tomorrow Report
- Town Council appointed committee formulated a consensus based vision and recommendations for future development of downtown.
- 2001 Parking Study Update by Strafford Regional Planning Commission
- Master Plan Update
- 2001 Main Street Reconstruction Project
- Town Council contracted with Underwood Engineers to lead a thorough public input process guiding the creation of a specific plan that would meet the community goals identified in the Newmarket Tomorrow Report. Several concepts for the Downtown Redevelopment were created and evaluated by the public and businesses.
- 2001 Mill Reconstruction begins
- Newmarket Community Development Corporation negotiates with Chinburg Builders for renovation of first mill buildings.
- Riverwalk and Schanda Park constructed by Lamprey River near Town dock.
- 2005 Phase I Improvements on Route 108 south of downtown completed from railroad crossing to Bennett Way – lighting, curbing, sidewalks.
- 2006 Phase II Improvements on Route 108 from railroad crossing to Bay Road.
- After extensive input at two public charettes and numerous Town Council meetings reviewing options, Council adopted the current revitalization plan for downtown.
- The Main Street Reconstruction Project – Phase II included:
- construction of sidewalks along the east side of Route 108 from the Community Church to the Lamprey River Bridge.
- widening of the sidewalks on the west side of Route 108.
- new crosswalks.
- addition of ornamental lighting and landscaping.
- reconstruction of approximately 3,000 linear feet of road including curbing.
- undergrounding utilities.
- new water and sewer main construction plus service connections.
- new storm drains.
- Rebuilding remaining Mill buildings
- Construction of parking structure on Main Street as part of Mill redevelopment
- Redevelopment of Town properties purchased in downtown area