John Redding

John Redding

In one of my recent columns, I included mention of the ongoing Downtown Revitalization Project, and one reader requested that I provide an update of what is going on. Like most everything else, progress on the revitalization has been hampered by the pandemic. Work has been going forward but at a slower pace than would have been possible in more normal times.

The project consists of several portions. Façade improvements on existing buildings involve the participation of property owners. Funds are provided by the revitalization grant and the town’s EDA to complement the participation of the proprietor. The design and construction are coordinated with the project’s façade committee. 

Additionally, public improvements will be paid for by a combination of grant allocations and town finances. These will include both aesthetic and functional additions such as streetlamps, added parking and signage. A third portion of effort will employ a professional branding firm to optimize our marketing approach, signage, etc.