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Town Accepts $1.3 Million Grant for Second Phase of Collinsville Streetscape

August 10, 2016 Business, Government No Comments

A portion of Phase 1 Collinsville Streetscape. Photo by John Fitts

After some 45 minutes of discussion, Canton electors on Wednesday voted to accept a $1.3 million dollar grant for phase two of Collinsville streetscape.

The funds were announced in early June as part of nearly $11 million awarded under the state’s Responsible Growth and Transit-Oriented Development Grant Program.

Numerous people spoke out about the grant, with many supporting it but others stating that the state should not be allocating the money at this time. Some also feel the improvements diminish the area’s character but other residents feel they’ve helped the area. (See more via our archived live facebook feed at https://www.facebook.com/cantoncompass/?ref=settings)

While there was somewhat a movement against accepting the grant in recent weeks, Selectman Larry Minichiello was ultimately the only audible voice against it when it came to a vote. Earlier this summer, Minichiello and selectman Bill Canny voted against moving the process forward to the Board of Finance, which ultimately referred it back to selectmen and on to special town meeting. The three other selectmen, Leslee Hill, Tom Sevigny and Beth Kandrysawtz voted to move it forward.

Last summer, the town completed the first phase of the streetscape project, which included lighting, a complete revamping of the ‘Town Hall’ parking lot, plantings, benches, crosswalk and sidewalk improvements, street paving and more. The work centered around lower Main Street. In all, that project was $500,000, $387,000 of which came from a Connecticut Main Street Investment Fund Grant and the balance from Local Capital Improvement Program and town pavement management funds.

The additional funding is slated to bring improvements to:

  • Main Street from Front Street to River Street
  •  River Street from Main to Bridge Street Bridge Street from Main Street to River Street
  • Market Street and North Street
  • The Green

The exact nature of the changes will be developed, with public input, at a later time.

Below is the presentation given at the meeting by Neil Pade, Canton’s director of Planning and Community Development. It can also be viewed at https://www.scribd.com/document/320852051/20140522-CollinsvilleRGA

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