A streetscape program from 1984 that revamped Fairfield downtown with brick sidewalks and ornamental lighting is being revived.

Economic Development Director Mark Barnhart has received the OK from the Board of Selectmen to seek a $500,000 state grant to extend that streetscape westerly down the Post Road from Thorpe Street to the South Pine Creek intersection. Barnhart said the funding would pay for new curbing, sidewalks and concrete aprons, "street furniture" such as benches, and new lighting.

"It was part of the plan put forward back in 1984 by the Economic Development Commission," Barnhart said. The plan was conceived in two parts -- primary and secondary, he said. The primary part was the main downtown strip, which was done more than two decades ago.

"This is an exciting possibility for us," Selectman Cristin McCarthy Vahey said of the extended project.

Barnhart said the plan is being coordinated with both the Police and Engineering departments, and he anticipates the design work being done in-house.

"There are some areas that are already improved to some degree," and some areas that wouldn't lend themselves to it ... My role would be the business outreach component, to work through any concerns they may have," Barnhart said.

There are 134 municipalities competing for a total of $5 million in grant money from the state. The maximum grant is $500,000.

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