To the editor,
In case you are wondering what is going on at South Main Street in Beacon Falls, here is a brief history of the Downtown Streetscape Enhancement Project.
To create a walkway going south on Main Street, federal grant funds were applied for in 2002. A federal grant totaling $702,000 was awarded to the town of Beacon Falls in 2003. After the Connecticut State of Transportation calculated its share for administration of the grant award, the town realized a net award of approximately $688,000. Since that time, additional grant funds were also received, bringing the total grant monies to $820,480. The town’s match was $205,120. The match money was all approved at town meetings.
Over many years since the inclusion of the Streetscape Enhancement Project as part of the overall Downtown Revitalization Plan, the public was made aware of the project via a public hearing, town meeting, Board of Selectmen and Economic Development Commissions meetings.
Unfortunately, it has taken many years for the project to get started. This is, due to the fact that the state of Connecticut Department of Transportation basically took over the project and worked with the town to hire a project manager and subsequently approved the construction company hired to do the work.
The Economic Development Commission wants to make it perfectly clean that this project, known as the “Streetscape Enhancement Project” is part of the approved town of Beacon Falls Revitalization Development Plan and is also a part of the Naugatuck River Greenway Walkway project which will run from Thomaston to Derby, as approved from the federal, state and local governments and various councils of governments.
We appreciate and understand your concern as to the disruption in traffic while under construction, once the project (is finished), you will be very proud of our downtown.
Chair, Economic Development Commission