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Façade Improvement Program

nestled church WB&CA -046_47_48_49_50 The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, on behalf of Town of Ware, is now accepting applications for their Façade Improvement Program. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through October 1, 2022. This program is intended to assist commercial property owners in the renovation of the exterior of their buildings in order to improve the visual quality of the downtown and to enhance the area as a place to visit, shop and work. Any business interested in applying must be located within the Opportunity Zone, formerly known as the slum and blight area.
Application Window Closed  Please contact Tiffany Menard at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission at if you have any questions


Ongoing Projects

Mass Central Rail Trail
The Town is currently accepting bids for Phase II of the Mass Central Rail Trail, which will cover from Longview Ave. to Mountain View Dr.  This project will consist of laying down stone dust along the .75 miles of trail, minor grading at the two bridge crossings, and grading along the trail for drainage.  Bids will be accepted until April 7th, 2022 at 12:00pm with bid openings immediately after.

Main Street Improvement
This state funded project will improve vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian safety and reduce vehicular queues at the intersections of Main Street and West Street, as well as Main Street and South Street.  Work will include resurfacing of the intersection approaches, improved pedestrian and bicycle accommodations and access, new signage and pavement markings.  A traffic signal will be installed at the Main Street and West Street intersection, which will be coordinated with the existing signals.

Complete Streets

A complete street is one that provides safe and accessible travel alternatives for all modes - walking, biking, transit, and motorized vehicles.  Complete Streets designs contribute toward safety, health, and economic vitality that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.  Having multimodal options to travel between home, work, schools, recreation, and retail destinations are essential in promoting more livable communities.

Want to get involved?

Agricultural Commission Members Wanted!
Are you a local farmer, and / or someone who wants to support our local farmers?  The Town of Ware is seeking members of the community interested in joining the Town Agricultural Commission! 
The Agricultural Commission will promote agricultural-based economic opportunities; to preserve, revitalize and sustain the Ware agricultural industry; to encourage the pursuit of agriculture as a career opportunity and lifestyle in the Town of Ware; and to represent and give a voice to the Ware farming community.  The Commission will work in close cooperation with other Town boards and committees to develop a work plan to guide its activities. Such activities include but are not limited to, the following: assist in writing the Town's Right-To-Farm Bylaw; serve as facilitators for encouraging the pursuit of agriculture in Ware; promote agricultural-based economic opportunities in Town; act as mediators, advocates, educators, and/or negotiators on farming issues; work for preservation of prime agricultural lands; and pursue all grants and other initiatives appropriate to creating a sustainable agricultural community.

Contact the Ware Planning and Community Development Office for more information at (978) 967-9648 ext. 120