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Littleton River District Commission
The River District
The River District Commission is a master-planned community group made up of local residents, town officials and supported by state and regional resources dedicated to revitalizing the Ammonoosuc River district in Littleton, New Hampshire.
The mighty Ammonoosuc River is a viable locale poised to enhance Littleton's award-winning Main Street. Rooted in a landscape that put this small town on the map, the riverfront is the most important next step for economic redevelopment due to its scenic splendor and proximity to Main Street shopping.
Why Revitalize the River District?
- Enhance the scenic beauty of Littleton
- Create new business opportunities with a river view
- Complement Main Street shops
- Preserve historic assets
- Extend pedestrian/cycling trails focused on health and wellness
- Reinvent Littleton as a tourist destination
- Link Main Street via the newly constructed Riverwalk
- Offer riverfront dining and events
- Fix the roads, sewer and water infrastructure
- Better utilize several riverfront parcels to increase tax and utility revenues
2016 Summer News
On June 8th, 2016 the Town of Littleton celebrated the groundbreaking of its new $650,000 pedestrian and bicycle bridge across the Ammonoosuc River at Bridge Street. This bridge helps complete the downtown riverwalk pedestrian and bicycle loop (along with the covered bridge on Mill Street), and it provides access to the recreational rail trail that extends 30 miles to the West and soon will extend through the entire town of Littleton. This bridge was funded by the state of NH tax credit program, local businesses that generously invested in those tax credits, and a federal grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission.
On June 9th, 2016 the Littleton Area Senior Center celebrated the opening of its riverfront Tree Harp Park, a short walk down the riverwalk path from the Senior Center.
On June 10th, 2016 the Town of Littleton was awarded a $1 million grant by the US Economic Development Administration! These funds, along with state and town funds, will reconstruct the stormwater and sewer system, road, and sidewalks along the Saranac, Ammonoosuc, and Mill Street corridor along the Ammonoosuc River in downtown Littleton.
- Fixing critical infrastructure issues with our sewer, water and power lines Providing for safer travel for vehicles, pedestrians, and bikes
- Expanding our river walk to encompass over two miles of beautiful walking trails and a great new pedestrian bridge
- Providing for new opportunities for residential and commercial development resulting in more tax revenues for the Town and increasing Water & Light revenues.
- These developments will provide for more jobs and spending in the area.
- We will see more visitors, more investments and a better quality of life and wellness opportunity for the citizens in our wonderful town.
- The time has never been better, the investment opportunity has our taxpayers investing less and the bond interest rates are at an all time low. We have a big opportunity to gain access to Federal and State grant monies as a result of this commitment from the voters.
While you can currently enjoy a stroll around Littleton's River District on its beautiful walk paths, admire it's covered bridge, make music by playing the piano near the Senior Center or the fun instruments at Harmony Park, and wonder through the many unique shops and eateries along the river, these upgrades to our roads and sidewalks in that area will create opportunities for all of Littleton.
History of The River District Commission
In September, 2012, the Town of Littleton and Plan New Hampshire sponsored a Saranac Street Design Charrette. Professional designers and many residents attended the two-day session to brainstorm ideas on how to reinvigorate one of Littleton's most historic commercial and residential areas. From these discussions, the River District Commission was formed, and plans and projects are now underway.
Where Is the River District?
The River District includes both sides of the river, from Meadow Street to Cottage Street. Saranac Street officially becomes Ammonoosuc Street just east of the suspension bridge, and several small streets between this point and Cottage Street (directly behind the downtown area of Main Street) should also be included in the redevelopment.
River District Commission Members
- John Hennessey Chair of Commission & VP, Littleton Coin Co.
- Andrew Dorsett Town Manager
- Milton Bratz Littleton Select Board Member
- Ray Cloutier Owner of Tannery Marketplace
- Dave Ernsberger Real Estate Investor & Main Street Retailer
- Alycia Vosinek Passumpsic Savings Bank
- Chad Stearns Mascoma Bank Branch Manager
- Mollie White Littleton Area Chamber Executive Director
- Jim McMahon Riverside Engineering
- Brody Tuite Commercial Insurance
- Mary BoulangerConservation Commission
- Michelle Moren-GreyNorth Country Council
- View the 2015 River District Presentation
- Read the original design charrette proposal
- Review the 2014 River District presentation
How You Can Help
- Get involved, ask questions! Contact John Hennessey, Commission Chair: (603)444-3504 or email@example.com;
David Ernsberger, Marketing, Special Projects, and Funding Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org or (210)387-4627.
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