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Public input wanted on future of Quincy riverfront

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- The Quincy riverfront could see some big changes, but before things can move any further planners have new models they want your input on in the coming days.

These plans are pretty extensive and could change a lot at the riverfront.

Project planners said what they revealed Wednesday are preliminary ideas that they want feedback on so you at home have a part in what this space could be like in years to come.

"Well we are in the process of this plan is we have taken what the public has told us so far in our previous public meetings and surveys, and we're now putting that into concepts so we're really the design team has worked to develop some concepts," said Maggie Strong with the Quincy Riverfront Consultant Team.

She said this plan you can see for yourself online includes a variety of things suggested.

"Event plazas, a stage," Strong elaborated, "We've heard that there, the public are interested in a connection to Quincy island so what that looks like a pedestrian bridge perhaps."

Strong said now it's your turn to take a look first hand at some of these ideas for yourself.

"So after they go to Quincyriverfront.com and look through the story map it's really interactive it's fun to scroll through and look at the different options we have a link to a survey at the end of that we hope that everybody fills that out tells us what they like, what they don't like and helps us to prioritize what we do."

She said the next step is using that feedback for a refined plan on how they could move forward.

"Within the next phase of this process, our next steps will really be taking their feedback and putting it into a final plan to go back to the public again to see if they they like, what they see."

She said you have until January 27th to go online and look at the plan and provide your feedback on their survey at the end of the storymap.

You can go to the website by clicking here.

Strong said it's important they get their plan organized before IDOT moves forward with replacing Memorial bridge so they have a say in the process.

She said the new bridge will likely go to York Street instead of Maine, which means big changes for downtown Quincy.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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