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Posted on: July 27, 2018

Outdoor summer activities in Clinton truly highlight who we are as the Jewel of the Shoreline

Outdoor summer activities in Clinton truly highlight who we are as the Jewel of the Shoreline…beach, boating, biking, barbeques and more. This season is also a time when many of us are outdoors working on our properties.  How we improve our Town is also the summer focus of your local government activities.

  • The Old Morgan School and Wastewater System Design Grant for the former Unilever Factory have been a high priority .  The grant has allowed for the surveying, testing, design, and engineering of a wastewater disposal system to facilitate redevelopment of the Unilever property. The perfect timing of this grant allowed us to monitor seasonal high groundwater. Preliminary test results are in and we will be reporting on the promising results in the coming weeks.   
  • Working with professionals at Connecticut Economic Resource Center and our Consultant Planner, John Guszkowski, we had been meeting with developers, negotiating proposals for the Old Morgan School. On Wednesday July 18th the Board of Selectmen interviewed for four development proposals. The proposals varied in their site plans, potential tenants, amenities and financing structure.  Now, we are reviewing for compliance with zoning, long term sustainability and financing. The Request for Proposal previously issued by the Town recommended submissions align within the Town Regulations for the Interchange Development Zone (IDZ). These regulations are fairly broad in allowed uses and the regulations speak to a clear vision with our The Town Plan of Conservation and Development and the Planning & Zoning Commission preferred redevelopment of this property. The zone was created to encourage variety, flexibility, and commercial viability in the area. The final development should provide enhancements to open space and pedestrian amenities. The infrastructure should integrate with and protect nearby neighborhoods with high quality mixed-use development with attention to site and architectural design.  
  • The focus of the Old Morgan School development has brought many local businesses and residents’ attention to the Route 81 Corridor Study. This study of the “Gateway to Clinton” will provide vision and strategies for beautification and development along Route 81 to serve both residents and commuters of the area.  The project is being led by FHI | Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. with coordination by the River Council of Government Regional Planning Agency and is currently in an information collection phase for the area between Route 1 and Rocky Ledge. The results of the online survey which many of you have participated in have been gathered. It has been reported by Fitzgerald & Halliday that participation was the highest they have ever had along the shoreline! Thank you to all who shared their vision.

A snapshot of the survey results showed 72 percent want the area to remain a local/regional destination for shopping;  64 percent want a local dining destination. A full 55 percent would like to see the area more pedestrian and bicycle friendly, with traffic and pedestrian safety getting 50 percent support.

An Existing Conditions Report will be complete by September and we expect to have a Public Presentation of the draft plan this winter. The information provided in the final plan for the corridor will help us divide the project for seeking grants or capital improvement funding.

In other news, the Clinton Train Station renovations are on!  The project is currently out to bid for construction with a spring 2019 ground breaking. Look for a new pedestrian bridge over the tracks, stair towers and elevators. New parking will include lighting improvements, a pickup and drop-off zone and a bike shelter. We are working closely with Amtrak and CT DOT to address further site design improvements and expanded train times.   Proposed Train Station Image

If you have questions please contact my office at or 860-669-9333.

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