Southington has re-established a partnership with the Connecticut Main Street Center, which helps towns with historic preservation, reports the New Britain Herald.
Southington had been a member five years ago, but had to withdraw due to budgetary issues, according to Economic Development Director Lou Perillo.
The town was attracted to resources CMSC provides, including workshops, consultants and seminars with ideas for improving members’ downtowns. Mr Perillo recalled attending one years ago on how to ‘dress up’ downtowns for special events, from which they got ideas for decorating windows of vacant buildings in order to make the area seem less dismal and to spur activity. As a result, “We did this with the artwork on the Gura Building as it was being converted into the headquarters for Southington Community Cultural Arts.“
CMSC President & CEO John Simone said he is glad to have Southington back. “They have a great little downtown,“ he said. “It has good bones and community events seem to draw a lot of people,” as well as a lot of good restaurants in its downtown area.