Littleton NH River District Commission
The River District
The River District Commission is a master-planned community group of state and town officials and local residents 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 logical 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
- Reinvent Littleton as a tourist destination
- Link Main Street via the newly constructed Riverwalk
- Offer riverfront dining and events
2015 News and Updates
In a town that was recently recognized as one of the ten best small towns and downtowns in America, we have a unique opportunity to revitalize the River District area around one of our most beautiful historic assets, our riverfront. Another winning opportunity for our community!
- 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.
View the 2015 River District Presentation here
What's Up in the River District Next?
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, there are still more things in the works for making this great area of town even better in the coming months, including:
- Plans are moving forward on the Bridge Project that will be located by Corey's Sport Shop. This privately funded new bridge will be for pedestrians, bikes, and small motor vehicles. Construction and completion is anticipated for this coming winter, 2016.
- We're in the process of getting grants to redo the streets, sidewalks, and sewer lines of the River District's main streets, including Saranac Street, Ammonoosuc Street, and Mill Street.
Check back for up-dates on these exciting endeavors and more that are happening in Littleton's River District!
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.
- Fred Moody Town Manager
- Marghie Seymour Select Board Member & Attorney
- Ray Cloutier Owner of Tannery Marketplace
- Dave Ernsberger Real Estate Investor & Main Street Retailer
- Lauren Anderson Exec Director of LACC
- Alycia Vosinek Bank of NH & President of LACC Board
- Val Poulsen Business Owner & Planning Board
- Chad Stearns Connecticut River Bank Branch Manager
- Mollie White Business Resource Manager NCIC
- Jim McMahon Riverside Engineering
- Geoff Sewake North 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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