Main Street Streetscape Program 'Will Move Forward Cautiously'
After business owners expressed concerns about traffic flows reducing exposure to their businesses, Economic Development Coordinator said the town will implement any changes slowly, deliberately and with concerns in mind.
“We want to assure people this is still very early in the process and that’s
why we host these public information sessions,” said Economic Development
Directors Jim Mahoney. “We will proceed slowly and cautiously with any change
proposed. Nothing right now is cast in stone.”
The issue expressed by several business owners, however, is that turning the
section of Main Street extending from Farmington Avenue to Kensington Road a one-way
street would reduce traffic and stifle business.
“Customers come from every direction," said Enzo
D'Gasperas, owner of Star Barber Shop.
The streetscape is part of an effort to work alongside the changes coming to
the train depot, which will soon serve as a destination point along a high-speed
rail from New Haven to Springfield, Mahoney said, and all changes to come will
be considered carefully.
“We are still very much in an exploratory stage,” he said. “We will be considering all feedback and
working with residents and business owners to make sure it benefits everyone
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