A Come Home to Downtown Pilot Community
Waterbury was one of three pilot communities chosen to participate in the first year of the Come Home to Downtown program. This program, which is supported by the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA), aims to strengthen communities by creating specific strategies to redevelop vacant or underutilized buildings into a mix of uses and housing choices.
A very active downtown management organization and strong City leadership was a major factor in selecting Waterbury to participate in the first year of the Come Home to Downtown program. A re-invigorated downtown business district made this town a top contender, as did the number of beautiful, architecturally significant buildings in the City center. Add a property owner with a history of investing in the downtown and it’s easy to see why Waterbury was chosen as one of the first Come Home to Downtown communities.
Engaging an expert team of consultants, CMSC provided Waterbury officials and the property owner of 20 East Main Street with extensive customized technical assistance. This entailed working with them to develop viable redevelopment options that included determining likely financing needs and an audit evaluating the walkability and accessibility of the downtown. The CMSC team also offered guidance to local officials on how to facilitate mixed-use development in the downtown, assessing issues such as zoning and regulatory requirements.
At the close of the program’s first year, CMSC issued an extensive report of its findings, and continues to inform the industry about this unique program and the lessons learned from Waterbury and the other Come Home to Downtown communities through presentations at local, regional and national conferences. In recognition of our outreach efforts, CMSC was awarded the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association’s (CCAPA) 2013 Education & Outreach Award.
Documents and Other Information
Waterbury Final Report – This report offers an in-depth look at the technical assistance provided to Waterbury through the Come Home to Downtown program. You’ll find extensive information on the redevelopment options provided to the small property owner, an assessment of relevant policies and regulations in Waterbury, as well as seven key findings discerned by the CMSC team as a result of this work.
Come Home to Downtown Program Overview – This PowerPoint presentation offers an overview of the Come Home to Downtown program in Waterbury and was presented to the public at a Community Meeting in Waterbury on June 26, 2013.
Waterbury Walkability Study – Provides an assessment of downtown Waterbury’s walkability and connectivity with surrounding areas. It was presented to the public at a Community Meeting in Waterbury on June 26, 2013.
20 East Main Street, Waterbury, Redevelopment Options – The presentation shows the redevelopment options prepared for, and presented to, the owners of the small downtown Waterbury property chosen to participate in the Come Home to Downtown program. The redevelopment options were presented to the public at a Community Meeting in Waterbury on June 26, 2013.