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Haymarket Common/Main Street Improvement Plans

Haymarket Common/Main Street Improvement Plans


The Haymarket Common and Main Street Improvement Project leverages Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to improve town-owned parcels at 24 Main Street (between Spring Street and Ice Cream Depot), and 45 Main Street (Haymarket Common, gravel lot portion).

The working project scope includes:

Main Street:
  • Tree modifications to better reveal parking signs and potential street pole banners.
  • Excavation, prep work, and installation of new pavers at seating and bench areas, to improve accessibility and use.
Haymarket Common:
  • Natural stone fire-pit with gas burner
  • Low voltage landscape lighting
  • Various plantings and bed preparations
  • Newly designed paver areas
  • Stone pillar entry
  • Raised stone planters and sitting walls, flagstone walking areas, and cobblestone edging
  • Lawn areas
Project eligibility to the U.S. Department of Treasury Interim Final Rule:
  • Project is located within a federal priority funding area based on census tract data.
  • Capital investment in business district.
  • Supports community engagement and enjoyment of public space
  • Encourages walkability and cycling by drawing people to the street while fostering a safe, open environment
  • Benefits local businesses and the streetscape through improved aesthetics, seating, and street activity
Local improvement impact:
  • Compliments downtown events/activities including Trick-or-Treat on Main Street, WinterFest, Arts on Main, Stafford Arts Commission events, Hyde Park happenings, and more.
  • Address needs of the Stafford Garden Club with the addition of centralized water access.
  • The concept plan includes new planting areas and raised beds.
  • Incorporates Art Commission projects, including a vintage “Welcome to Stafford” mural and installation of an outdoor community bulletin board.
  • Responds to feedback from the Town’s community outreach survey and citizens’ desire for development projects, Main Street/downtown enhancements, and built environment investments.
Stafford Plan of Conservation and Development:
  • The town should supplement Hay Market Square with additional park amenities at 31 Main Street. The small vacant areas along Main Street should be landscaped into pocket parks. 103 Main Street should be developed into a park and act as a gateway to downtown. The town should utilize and support the efforts of the garden club to beautify the area.
  • Promote “pop up” uses and events in the small parks along Main Street.

Please note, this is a working plan

Download working proposal packet

Haymarket Plan
Park Improvement Proposal[19]_Page_7