Officials, merchants hoping to awaken sleepy downtown
Priorities include traffic, parking, new businesses
Local officials and merchants are working to breathe new life into Mansfield’s downtown, a narrow, 3/4-mile-long stretch dominated by tired-looking building facades housing limited retail offerings and a main thoroughfare suffering from traffic snarls and limited parking. Committees are drafting new regulations and looking at changes to improve traffic flow. Regional planner John Mullin, considered somewhat of a guru in downtown revitalization, has been brought on board to help determine priorities and get some initiatives going.