The Town has completed Phase I of the Streetscape project begun this summer. The work of removing old sidewalks and replacing them with new concrete paving was made possible, in part, through a $500,000 award from the Connecticut Department of Housing’s Main Street Investment Fund Grant.
An official ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. on North Main Street along the project route. Connecticut Department of Housing Commissioner Seila Mosquera-Bruno is to join town officials to celebrate this achievement. The Commissioner’s participation underscores the importance of this initiative and its positive impact on the community, according to First Selectman Jean Speck.
State delegates have also been invited to attend.
“This project is so emblematic of how our community comes together. There were multiple citizen committees that volunteered their time and expertise to bring an early idea of improving the safety and walkability in the village from concept to a town resolution to move forward,” said Speck. “My predecessor, Bruce Adams, kept the project moving in the early days and applied for grants to offset the impact on taxpayers. I was honored to take the project through to the final design stage, hiring a contractor and seeing construction through to completion.”
She offered special thanks to the village businesses that were patient and flexible, allowing the construction crews to complete the project on time. “Every one of our residents had a hand in bringing this to fruition, and it’s a true joy to walk around town.” said Speck.
The entire community is invited to celebrate the accomplishment. The ceremony will be followed by light refreshments including sweets from Rosie’s Kitchen.