Middletown’s former head of planning, William Warner, is being honored by CMSC next month for his efforts to re-energize the city’s downtown, reports the Middletown Press.  CMSC chose Mr. Warner to receive its 2014 Connecticut Light and Power Award for Outstanding Contributions to Main Street Revitalization.  CMSC established the CL&P Award in 2001 to recognize individuals and organizations who dedicate themselves to promoting an awareness of the necessity of Main Street.  

Mr. Warner was the Middletown Director of Planning, Conservation and Development for 25  years, during which time the downtown was revitalized as one of central Connecticut’s dining and entertainment hubs.  More than 2 million square feet of commercial and industrial space was developed and, according to Mr. Warner, over 2,500 acres of open space in Middletown’s rural areas preserved.

Mr. Warner will be honored at the Connecticut Main Street 2014 Awards Gala June 9 at ROIA Restaurant in New Haven.

Former planning director recognized for downtown revitalization