Town officials and developers in Trumbull are struggling with creating a more vibrant town center with more retail and other services, says a recent story in the CT Post.
The First Selectman, Tim Herbst, said he talks daily with the town’s economic development director about how they can improve the area, which often loses business to the nearby Westfield Trumbull mall. He and others are encouraged that some funds, as much as $5 million, are being invested to rehabilitate Trumbull Center on White Plains Road. However, some developers are holding off on renovating other properties until tenants are found for the currently vacant spaces, such as Porricelli’s Food Mart.
With limited dollars, the multiple retail centers can co-exist, but only if they offer unique establishments, said Donald Klepper-Smith of DataCore Partners in New Haven. Connecticut Main Street Center’s President and CEO, John Simone, said a surefire way to establish a unique retail presence is to redevelop shopping malls and add residences above retail storefronts. “People living downtown spend more money than those visiting,” Mr. Simone said.