About 30 people listened to a presentation on living in downtown Torrington inside City Hall last night, reports The Register Citizen. Torrington was one of the pilot communities chosen under CMSC’s Come Home to Downtown program, and the community meeting was designed to present the findings from a study on improving downtown and renovating a Main Street mixed-used building, as well as give residents a chance to provide their feedback. CMSC is one of two organizations supporting the pilot program. The other is the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA).
CMSC’s Susan Westa and John Simone were the first to speak, followed by consultants Dave Sousa and Bill Crosskey. Mr. Sousa said Torrington had a great downtown, with history, culture and demonstrated long-standing workmanship, but it could improve accessibility for bicyclists. Mr. Crosskey presented options for the redevelopment of the building at 11-21 Main Street, including constructing 16 single-bedroom apartments.
Director of Economic Development Rose Ponte attended the meeting and said afterward that she believes housing is critical to downtown redevelopment. “We need people living downtown to start increasing that foot traffic. We need feet on the streets. We need more people living in downtown, working in downtown, playing in downtown. We are trying to attack that on many different levels.”