While Dover’s downtown has traditionally run along the north-south spine of Central Avenue and its historic mill complex, new construction is giving more emphasis to the Chestnut-Locust street route a block to the west. Here’s how the view is changing.
When St. Charles Roman Catholic Church on Central Avenue was razed and replaced by the new Bradley Commons, I wondered what would happen to the part of its trashy parking lot fronting Park Street. It was a vacuous hole, especially for pedestrians. No longer. Here’s what the Community Action Partners have put up in its place, with a large open garage at its back.
Side streets can add an important dimension to a downtown’s allure, providing more options to explore within a few blocks’ stroll. Most of Dover’s pedestrian attraction has been along Central Avenue, but the new Orpheum is adding muscle to the Washington Street intersection at Lower Square.
Three blocks to the north, just off Upper Square, this complex is filling in a former parking lot beside the railroad tracks, with the potential of doubling the retail appeal for strollers on the block of Third Street.