Oxford Economic Development Director Andrew McGeever is enthusiastic about Quarry Walk, a new mixed-use development that will give people a reason to stay and shop, rather than have to drive to neighboring towns, reports the Republican-American.

The development, to be known as Oxford Town Center, will bring will bring 250,000 square feet of retail space with “high end” businesses including Market 32 and Newtown Savings Bank. Additionally, the development includes a green where there will be outdoor concerts in the summer and ice skating in the winter, and benches for sitting outdoors and a trail for walking.

That’s good, because both millennials and baby boomers want to live in walkable communities, said John Simone, CEO of Connecticut Main Street Center in Hartford. “People want to walk to things,” said Mr. Simone, noting the success of West Hartford’s Blue Back Square and Storrs Center near the University of Connecticut campus.

The town will receive more than a $1 million annually in taxes from the 32-acre site.  Mr. McGeever believes the development will help reduce gridlock on Route 67, especially to the north in Southbury and heading south to Seymour, as Oxford residents head instead to Oxford Town Center.

Development chief talks up the Walk