Do you live in downtown Middletown or do you know anyone who would like to?
Would you like to see more of Main Street's buildings filled with renovated, market-rate apartments on the upper floors? Tomorrow night, there's an opportunity for you to show city leaders and Main Street building owners that you think Middletown should promote living downtown. It's at 7 pm on Tuesday, June 11th at the new Community Health Center building at 675 Main, in the first floor community room.
This is part of the "Come Home Downtown" program, in a partnership with the City of Middletown, the Downtown Business District, the CT Main Street program and others.
For the past few months, a team of architects and urban planners have been studying the feasibility of renovating upper floor apartments at the old Amato's building at 424 Main Street, which currently houses Vinnie's Jump & Jive and an empty storefront (formerly the 99¢ shop) on the ground floor.
On Tuesday night, the team will present their findings, including apartment designs and pricing concepts, for an open community discussion on the pros and cons of supporting this kind of development. The old Amato building is being used as a model to assess the practicality and cost of a project like this, and to troubleshoot the issues of renovating downtown historical properties for residential development. The study also looks at whether Middletown has enough appeal to justify more downtown apartment living through an assessment of the quality of life, infrastructure and other amenities that are important to potential new urban residents.
Come share your perspective on living in downtown Middletown! It would be really helpful to have your input at this meeting, as city leaders and property owners are taking the time to learn more about why people like to live downtown and how to make this work better in our community.
Here's the official announcement:
Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC), with the support of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA), has developed Come Home to Downtown, a mixed-use real estate planning pilot program, which will provide communities with new tools to strengthen economic health and restore vitality to their downtowns by redeveloping underutilized buildings into a mix of housing and retail.
CMSC chose Middletown, Torrington and Waterbury as the pilot communities for this program. CMSC will work in concert with expert consultants, an Advisory Team from each of the three communities and the owner(s) of a building that meet certain criteria through the Summer 2013 to explore ways to re-develop their buildings into retail or office space on the ground floor and housing on the upper floors.
Each of the buildings were chosen in part because they are representative of the types of buildings found in downtowns all across Connecticut. They will serve as models for the redevelopment process, signaling what changes need to be made in order to facilitate this type of redevelopment in other downtowns.