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NEWBURYPORT – More than 100 people packed into a small library room last week to hear a group of citizen activists present their vision for the city’s downtown waterfront.
Citizens for an Open Waterfront unveiled a concept that includes open views of the Merrimack River, recreational facilities, and improved parking, and soundly rejects the two large new buildings that are the centerpiece of the Newburyport Redevelopment Authority’s proposal for the land.
At stake is the future of a 4.2-acre parcel of riverfront land and, say those on both sides, the character of the city. The property is owned by the Newburyport Redevelopment Authority and the Newburyport Waterfront Trust, a nonprofit that manages public land along the waterfront.