Town Center Improvement Project
As part of the Boston Post Road Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Board of Selectmen has charged the Town Center Planning Committee to investigate physical improvements to Weston's Town Center, including streetscape design, utility infrastructure, lighting, paving, pedestrian safety, traffic, and parking.
Utile developed an online survey to solicit public feedback regarding Weston's Town Center and hosted a design charrette on May 25th to further shape design iterations. These designs were presented to the committee on June 20th and have been discussed further in subsequent meetings. The latest iterations will be presented to the Board of Selectmen on September 14th.
- Design concept and cost estimates as presented to the Selectmen on Sept. 14 (PDF)
- Conceptual Cost Estimates (PDF)
- Survey Summary (PDF)
Since some of the design concepts involve potential changes to the Church Street/Boston Post Road intersection, the Traffic and Sidewalk Committee has shared its Route 20 intersection study, conducted by its consultant, with the Town Center committee.
The committee determined that a full concept and feasibility study is necessary to fully explore resources required, strengths and weaknesses, opportunities, and estimated costs within the context of the project goals and objectives, as well as to obtain multiple concept plans with graphic renderings and specific cost estimates to present to the Town. The request for $150,000 ($105,000 general funds and $45,000 in CPA funds) was approved by Special Town Meeting. Subsequently, the committee chose an urban planning and design firm, Utile Design, to conduct the concept and feasibility study.
The TCPC will continue to meet until it makes its final recommendations to the Board of Selectmen. All physical changes and improvements will require Board of Selectmen support and funding approvals at future Town Meetings. All TCPC meetings are open and the public is encouraged to attend. Sign up to receive meeting notification and agendas through the Stay Informed link to the left.
The Board of Selectmen appointed a Town Center Planning Committee (TCPC) in November 2014 to develop a set of recommendations for possible infrastructure changes and improvements for Boston Post Road from Church Street to Linwood Avenue and the surrounding areas.
The Selectmen asked the committee to consider drainage and water line improvements, burying electrical, phone and cable lines, pedestrian safety and parking, sidewalks, curbing and handicap ramps, lighting, and general aesthetics with regard to Town Center.
Central to any recommendations are the requirements to mitigate impacts on Weston Town Center businesses and to maintain traffic flow and pedestrian safety during any construction.
The TCPC consists of a member of the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, Finance Committee, Historical Commission, and the Traffic and Sidewalk Committee. There are also two representatives from the Weston Center business community, one homeowner/resident from the immediate area, and two at-large residents. The TCPC also includes three non-voting members - a representative from both the DPW and Police departments and the Town Planner.