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New wayfinding signage is created in Salisbury as a result of

New wayfinding signage is created in Salisbury as a result of a POP grant from CMSC. Photo courtesy of the Northwestern CT Regional Planning Collaborative

The Preservation of Place (POP) Grant Program is a technical assistance grant program, administered by CMSC and funded through the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) using resources from the Community Investment Act (CIA). This program provides CMSC’s member communities with targeted resources to increase their capacity to plan for the preservation and revitalization of their historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.

Preservation of Place Grant Recipients
Each year, CMSC member communities apply for these competitive funds, which are then reviewed and ranked by a jury of downtown management professionals, with the top entries selected to receive the grant funds.

Since 2008, our POP grant recipients have cumulatively leveraged over $1 million to preserve and revitalize their Main Streets. The list below provides a synopsis of past awardees and their initiatives.

2015-2016

  • Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District – Awarded $10,400 for Bridgeport CREATES, Phase II, to assist in the pre-development activities associated with the creation of a Maker Space/ Innovation Center.
  • Town of Canton – Awarded 10,000 for Tax Increment Financing Master Plan for Collinsville Center & the Collins Company Complex, to develop a viable TIF agreement, master plan and district to help develop the historic complex.
  • Town of Haddam – Awarded 10,000 for a Market Analysis & Village District Zoning Regulations for Tylerville, in order to assess viable businesses and draft zoning regulations that will allow for and promote such businesses, as well as mixed-use development, in this historic area.
  • Town of Fairfield – Awarded $10,000 for a Signage & Wayfinding Program for Downtown & Neighboring Commercial Districts to help visitors and residents navigate their way around downtown Fairfield’s many prominent cultural, tourist and academic attractions.
  • New Britain Downtown District – Awarded $10,000 to work in conjunction with the City on the Creation of a Tax Increment Financing District for transit oriented development around the CTfastrak terminius.
  • Westville Village Renaissance Alliance (New Haven) – Awarded $20,000 for the Westville Village Comprehensive Plan: The Visioning Phase, a comprehensive plan to guide a sustainable and place-based approach to long-term economic and physical development.
  • Simsbury Main Street Partnership – Awarded $10,000 for a Comprehensive Parking Study of Downtown to develop specific parking recommendations, including short- and long-term solutions.

2014-2015

  • Town of Newtown, awarded $10,000 for the Sandy Hook Village Signage & Wayfinding Design Plan.
  • Hartford Business Improvement District, awarded $9,600 for the Farmington Avenue Cultural Corridor Action Organization.
  • Town of Putnam, awarded $10,000 for Downtown Putnam Design Guidelines & Standards.
  • Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District, awarded $10,000 for a Feasibility Study: Creation of Regional Food Hub & Community Supported Agriculture in Downtown Bridgeport.
  • Town of New Milford, awarded $10,000 for a Historic Downtown New Milford Branding & Marketing Program.
  • City of Torrington, awarded $10,000 a Downtown Torrington Market Study & Branding/Imaging Program.
  • Town of Canton, awarded $10,000 for a Comprehensive Brand & Marketing Strategy for Collinsville.
  • Town of Windsor Locks, awarded $10,000 for a Windsor Locks Historic Train Station Reuse Study.

2013-2014

  • City of Bridgeport, awarded $10,000 for the “Little Asia” Historic Streetscape & Gateway Project.
  • Town of Kent, awarded $10,000 for a Planning & Engineering Study: Village Center Streetscape.
  • Northwestern CT Regional Planning Collaborative, awarded $10,000 for The Secret Corner Tourism Marketing Program.
  • Town of Putnam, awarded $10,000 for the Downtown Center Signage & Wayfinding Design plan.
  • Town of Seymour, awarded $10,000 for the Master Plan for Downtown Seymour Greenway Trail & Linear Park.
  • Westville Village Renaissance Alliance, awarded $10,000 for the Westville Village Public Parking Design & Marketing Plan.

 2012-2013

  • Northwestern CT Regional Planning Collaborative, awarded $13,237 for development of Comprehensive Economic Development Training Program for local officials.
  • Town of Suffield, awarded $10,000 for Market & Fiscal Analysis of Ffyler Place (former lumberyard) Redevelopment.
  • City of Torrington, awarded $10,000 for Revitalizing the Heart of Our Community, Merchant by Merchant program – growing, strengthening and promoting retail in downtown.
  • Main Street Waterbury, awarded $13,000 for feasibility and development of Establishing a Special Services District for Downtown.
  • Thread City Development Corporation, awarded $12,500 for creation of online gateway – Discover Willimantic.com.
  • City of West Haven, awarded $10,000 for Center for the Arts Strategic Plan Implementation project.

 2011-2012

  • City of Middletown, awarded $10,000 for an Organizational Capacity & Funding Strategy Study for the Downtown Business District.
  • Northwestern CT Regional Planning Collaborative, awarded $10,000 for the Northwest Connecticut Village Center Signage & Wayfinding Design Project.
  • Town of Putnam, awarded $10,000 for a Walkability Audit & Streetscape Design Study.
  • Rockville Downtown Association, awarded $10,000 for the Rediscovery & Lighting of the Historic Fromson Overlook at Hockanum Falls Study.
  • Simsbury Main Street Partnership, awarded $8,000for Design Guidelines for the Town Center.
  • City of West Haven, awarded $10,000 for an Operational Strategic Plan for the West Haven Cultural Arts Center.

2010-2011

  • Town of Barkhamsted, awarded $10,000 for a Rehabilitation and Reuse Strategy for Lambert Hitchcock House, Riverton Village.
  • Town of Manchester, awarded $9,838 for a Downtown Parking Study and Needs Assessment.
  • Rose City Renaissance, Norwich, awarded $3,425 for the Norwich Heritage Integration Project.
  • Town of Putnam, awarded $10,000 for a Downtown Vision, Action Plan & Policy/Regulatory Plan.
  • Simsbury Main Street Partnership, awarded $10,000 for the Creation of a Form-Based Code for the Town Center; and
  • Main Street Waterbury, awarded $10,000 for Feasibility Study for adaptive reuse of the Frederick Building.

 2009-2010

  • City of Middletown, awarded $10,000 for a Downtown Signage & Wayfinding Design Study.
  • New London Main Street, awarded $10,000 for creation of a web portal and online gateway to District historic sites, cultural centers and shops & restaurants.
  • Main Street Waterbury, awarded $9,884 for a Downtown Parking website and promotional materials.
  • Town of Windsor Locks, awarded $10,000 for a Main Street Signage & Wayfinding Design Study and Logo Design.
  • Thread City Development Corp, awarded $8,146 for a Downtown Willimantic marketing plan and map & guide.

2008-2009

  • Town of New Milford, awarded $9,300 for The New Milford Village Center Signage and Wayfinding Design Project.
  • Rose City Renaissance, Norwich, awarded $10,000 for the design and initial programming of a informational kiosk display system which will feature heritage, arts, international, business and development communities in downtown Norwich.
  • Town of Putnam, awarded $8,800 for a Main Street/Downtown Parking and Building Assessment.
  • Simsbury Main Street Partnership, awarded $6,900 for the design and development of heritage tourism materials as part of the Simsbury: New England Nearby marketing campaign.
  • Main Street Waterbury, awarded $10,000 for architectural renderings and model, proposal development and pro forma to be used for procuring financing and funding for the renovation and rehabilitation of the Maple Mill Arts Center, a live-work artist space.
  • City of West Haven, awarded $10,000 for development of the West Haven Downtown Façade and Signage Guidelines.
  • Town of Windsor Locks, awarded $5,000 to help fund the Main Street Area Master Planning Study, focused on redevelopment strategies for three key sites: Dexter Plaza, the Montgomery Building and the historic railroad station.