Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Town Awarded Preservation of Place Grant

The Town of Windsor Locks has been awarded a $5,000 Preservation of Place Grant by the Connecticut Main Street Program to be used for the Main Street Area Master Planning Study project. Specifically, the grant will be used to, "provide alternative proposals for the future development of Dexter Plaza, address the Montgomery Building's future role in downtown, as well as the historic train station." For more information on the Preservation of Place grant program visit: http://www.ctmainstreet.org/PDF/POP%20Grant%20Recipients%20102307.pdf

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Main Street Study Request for Proposals

A copy of the Request for Proposals that was distributed to approximately 20 planning firms will be posted to the EIDC website at:
The Town received four proposals by the deadline which was October 11th. We will review the proposals and determine which firms to interview. We hope to have a selection completed by the end of October.

Main Street Links

Here are some important links related to the Main Street area:

Windsor Locks Economic and Industrial Development Commission

Windsor Locks GIS Mapping

Connecticut Main Street Program

Windsor Locks Town Government

Windsor Locks Preservation Association

Windsor Locks Public Library


Windsor Locks Middle School

New Haven - Hartford - Springfield Commuter Rail Study

Windsor Locks Senior Center

Windsor Locks Canal

Windsor Locks Canal Trail

Memorial Hall

The Dexter Corporation

Dexter Plaza

Saturday, October 13, 2007

What is the community’s future vision for its Main Street area?

As you visualize a successful Main Street area in the future what qualities or characteristics will it possess – how will it look, feel and function?

What does the community identify as its downtown and why is downtown important to the Windsor Locks Community?

What are the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (S.W.O.T analysis) for the Windsor Locks Main Street area?

We invite you to begin to think about these questions so as to help guide appropriate planning and enhancement efforts on the part of the Town, its Boards and Commissions, local civic and non-profit organizations, and interested residents.

We are currently in the process of selected a firm with design and planning capabilities to help develop a strategic master plan for the Main Street area.

Why develop a strategic master plan?
  • We have a mile-long primarily one-sided Main Street.
  • We have an important small business and commercial district with approximately 70 establishments calling this area home.
  • We have Town Hall, the Public Library, a school, the Post Office, and a Senior Center in this area.
  • We have the Windsor Locks Canal Trail along the Connecticut River and Pesci Park for residents to enjoy.
  • We have hundreds of residents living in a wide range of housing types within walking distance of these businesses, government and community facilities and recreational venues.
  • We have historical assets such as the old Amtrak Station, the Montgomery Building and Memorial Hall.

So how do we tie these all together into a cohesive whole? Are there any pieces to the puzzle missing?

Feel free to submit suggestions, recommendations and comments via this blog or you can send an e-mail to wleidc@sbcglobal.net. We will keep you posted as to future community forums on this topic.