Work crews have been making progress on the new Arlington Municipal Complex along Forrest Street west of the town’s historic Depot Square and it remains on schedule for completion later this year.
The project is part of the $6 million Forrest Street Park master plan and includes a new amphitheater, multi-use farmers market pavilion and more.
“The coronavirus hasn’t stopped construction since it’s outdoors and they can observe social distancing, but it’s more the rain that’s been a factor,” said Arlington Town Administrator Cathy Durant, who noted that there were 22 days of rain during March and 11 during April.
Soft soil has limited progress on a new parking lot, landscaping, lighting and irrigation. Work is underway on the 3,300-square-foot farmers market pavilion as well as two restroom buildings, while the cinder blocks are in place for the new amphitheater.
“I think this will be a real asset for Arlington,” said David Baker, manager of the planning and landscape architecture department for Fisher & Arnold. His firm is handling the architecture, site layout and landscaping. “It’s going to provide some nice amenities and activities for the town.”
Connectivity is a big piece of the project, with walking trails throughout and more planned that will connect to Depot Square.
The amphitheater was originally envisioned to hold up to 575 people, but that number was scaled down during the design process.
Durant expects everything will be finished and ready to open by November or December, with the first community events likely in early spring, such as Arlington in April and then the Music on The Square concert series that runs from April until October.
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