Downtown makeover a key to attracting business

The barriers for a yearlong overhaul of Peabody’s Main Street — with new lanes, crosswalks, and center islands to aid traffic flow and pedestrian safety — are just a memory now.
The barriers for a yearlong overhaul of Peabody’s Main Street — with new lanes, crosswalks, and center islands to aid traffic flow and pedestrian safety — are just a memory now.Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe

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Reviving Centennial Industrial Park is a focus of Peabody’s effort to regain its perch as a destination for business.

A business council is drumming up ideas how best to market Centennial and the city’s historic downtown, where a $1.5 million project to redesign Main Street is due to be completed this month.

Mayor Ted Bettencourt said his vision is to turn Main Street into a destination instead of a cut-through for drivers to reach the Northshore Mall.

“Our hope is that we will slow down traffic significantly, and make it easier for people to navigate through downtown, to go to our shops and restaurants,” said Bettencourt, who will run unopposed for his second term in November.

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