The East Milton Square project is under way and will continue under the direction of Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates, Inc.
Milton Town Planner William Clark told selectmen Wednesday that the firm had been chosen as the design engineers on the project.
Already, improvements have been made to the traffic pattern. Adams Street has been closed off to traffic through East Milton Square all year, and recently the orange barrels blocking the road were removed.
In their place are mounds of earth with grass on them. This grass will soon be replaced with $2,000 of landscaped plantings, Clark told selectmen Wednesday.
“Right now there are weeds, but if we had put the plantings in there, because of the heat and dryness, it would have cooked those plants,” Clark said in his office Thursday.
The idea was to remove the unsightly orange barrels as soon as possible and get the area to look like it might when the whole project is finished, Clark said.
The town is negotiating a contract with Howard/Stein-Hudson and they should be ready to begin construction in a year, Clark said.
“In the meantime, we’ll try to beautify the area somewhat,” Clark said.
The project will bring between 30 and 40 new parking spaces to East Milton Square and will make the area friendlier to pedestrians and cyclists, according to Clark.
The traffic pattern may alter slightly, but will likely remain the way it is, he added. Construction should only minimally affect businesses in the square, he said.
Town Meeting supported moving forward with the project in May after state Senator Brian A. Joyce, a Milton Democrat, announced that $300,000 from the state would help move along the project.