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NAR Placemaking Grant to NSAR Helps Transform Ellis Square, Beverly



NSAR & Ellis SquareThe NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR)awards a Placemaking Grant to assist local REALTOR® Associations as they work with their communities to take unused, underused, and unwelcoming spaces in communities and turn them into a welcoming place for the community to gather.

NSAR was thrilled to recieve a grant for the Ellis Sqaure project.  Over the past two years, NSAR and other community organizations have supported the Beverly Main Streets project to update Ellis Square and the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial. Ellis Square is located next to the First Parish Church at the corner of Cabot Street and Church Street in Beverly.

Ellis Square has been transformed from an eye sore in severe disrepair to a new integral part of the downtown Beverly community hosting food trucks, art shows, a summer Friday night live music series, and more events to come. The area was also made safer by extending the square and shortening the crosswalk that runs parallel to Cabot Street across Church Street.

A designated area is reserved for the future installation of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial. Beverly Main Streets is working with a local art school on the design and it should be installed early 2018. The new memorial will be a place for veterans to gatherPlacemaker Grant Presentation and for community members to properly pay their respects.

Patrick Maguire, 2017 NSAR President, and Sarah MacBurnie, Community Involvement Work Group Chair, presented the $2,000 contribution to Beverly Main Streets (pictured with Gin Wallace, Director and Matt Ulrich, Co-President of Beverly Main Streets).

NSAR is pleased to honor Beverly's Veterans and to be part of last Friday's ribbon cutting event.

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