Eight recipients have been chosen to receive an Award of Excellence from the Connecticut Main Street Center, reports CT By the Numbers.

Winning entries include:

  • a downtown management organization engaging the community in envisioning two underutilized parks as places that downtown residents, visitors, workers and families can mingle with artists and creatives

    Credit: CT By the Numbers

  • a regional planning organization that created a program focused on supporting local businesses, creating jobs and filling vacant spaces in eight village centers
  • a 14-acre flood control project that created a public park and mixed-use economic development in downtown Meriden;
  • a comprehensive and complete overhaul of the City of Hartford’s zoning language and process;
  • an interpretive wayfinding/signage program that connects Walnut Hill Park, Little Poland and Downtown New Britain;
  • the restoration of a historic ball bearing mill on the banks of the Farmington River into a mixed-use campus in the heart of Unionville Village;
  • a Twilight Bike Race & Street Festival that celebrates biking, food, culture and entertainment in Downtown New Haven; and
  • the redevelopment of a 1903 factory building into 72 units of market rate housing within easy walking distance of jobs and transit in downtown Hartford.

Connecticut Main Street Center Award Winners Reflect Excellence, Community Involvement