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
- 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.