Himes hears ideas for revitalizing Town Hall Green
Published 6:22 am, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
The 20-acre area on the Old Post Road — the core of the town’s historic settlement nearly four centuries ago — is now home to the museum, the Burr Homestead, Victorian Cottage, Old Academy, Sun Tavern, a witch-dunking pond and town offices.
“We’ve got some great momentum going,” Michael Jehle, the museum’s director, told Himes. The museum manages the green and historic buildings for the town. “We’ve managed to get some state support. We want to see if there are opportunities to get federal funds.”
Plans are underway for improved landscaping and traffic patterns through the green area, and the intent, Jehle and First Selectman Michael Tetreau said, is to draw people from the downtown Post Road area and create an arts, cultural, historical and event center there.
In fact, Jehle said, the green also is the hub for the town’s plans for new bike paths.
Himes, who pledged his support, said one area to investigate would be transportation grants. “That’s a pretty rich vein to mine,” he said. “We can help with that.”
Many of the projects, Tetreau said, like the landscaping/traffic project and renovations and expansion of the Burr Homestead are “almost ready to go ... We have the projects lined up.”
After a brief slideshow, Himes was given a brief tour of the green, and a quick history lesson about George Washington’s visit to the Sun Tavern.