Framingham, MA – On Tuesday, August 28, 2018, the City of Framingham added two handicapped accessible tables with umbrellas to the pilot place-making program on the Memorial Plaza.
The Framingham Disability Commission filed a complaint with the City on July 27, 2018 after discussion of the issue arose at their meeting on July 26, 2018. Municipal staff worked expeditiously in early August to meet with the Commission and identify the need for seating that would be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Working with Downtown Framingham, Inc., the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation was able to purchase the tables in mid-August, they were delivered on August 27, 2018.
“This “place-making” project is a joint effort between Community and Economic Development Staff, our EDIC, and Downtown Framingham, Inc. This effort is a pilot program, to raise awareness of the Memorial Plaza and downtown area. We intend this pilot to activate the space – and invite people into it. We quickly addressed concerns raised by the disability commission. Overall, the response has been very positive and we are pleased with the way this pilot project is working.” said Arthur Robert, Framingham Director of Community and Economic Development.
The City plans to leave the chairs and tables out on the plaza at least until the end of September.