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The Center for Economic Development at the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst, is part of the Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Department, and is funded by the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the University of Massachusetts.


This study was made possible by the support of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission. In particular, we would like to thank James R. Pepper, the Executive Director, and Nancy L. Brittain, the community planner for the Corridor. Mr. Pepper's vision and political skills were invaluable for initiating this project. Ms. Brittain provided essential guidance and a much-needed understanding of the local community, economy, and needs. We would also like to thank Professors Jack Ahern, Mark Lindhult, and our department head, John Mullin, for their valuable advice and comments on the study and report.

The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor is on the verge of a development revolution that demands appropriate landscape planning and design. This study focuses on one component of the region's planning needs, adaptive reuse of historic mill structures. Adaptive reuse is one way to rebuild the economic health of the Corridor by using the existing old industrial fabric. To reveal opportunities and alternatives at the municipal level, this study examines the issue of adaptive reuse for the town of Uxbridge, Massachusetts. It is one of twenty towns in the Corridor. Uxbridge is chosen for the adaptation, development, and application of a methodology for adaptive reuse.


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