Margaret Bodell , director of CreateHereNow, is working with Annah Perch, executive director of New London Main Street, to meet downtown building owners and encourage them to negotiate leases with artists and business people willing to take a chance on storefront locations – often involving three months of free rent, followed by a gradual step up to market rates, reports The Day. CreateHereNow is a $500,000 statewide effort by the state Department of Economic and Community Development to fill empty storefronts in 20 cities.

The goal of New London Main Street, a CMSC designated member, is to fill six storefronts in the pilot phase, with three of these businesses taking advantage of live-work arrangements.

Effort to fill empty New Lodon storefronts focuses on artists