Westporters Invited To Weigh In On Downtown Vision

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Westport residents are invited to a workshop to help direct the future of the downtown area.
Westport residents are invited to a workshop to help direct the future of the downtown area. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Westport residents are invited to attend and participate in a Downtown Visioning Workshop on Saturday, June 7, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Bedford Middle School. 

The workshop will be highly visual and interactive so residents can discuss topics and share opinions with each other and make clear, thoughtful choices about what’s appropriate for downtown, what might make it more successful and vibrant, and how it can better serve residents of all ages, according to a press release.

The main, interactive part of the workshop – “Downtown 101: Streets, Buildings, Places”- guides participants through a roundtable exercise in which they will view and discuss various elements and concepts for Downtown Westport.

The workshop will also cover topics related to historic preservation in specific parts of downtown, which is at the heart of the Town’s Village District Study. The Village District Study is being undertaken concurrently with the Downtown Westport Master Plan and the two efforts are  being coordinated. The Village District Study is being funded by a Vibrant Communities Initiative grant from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.

Residents are also asked to complete the survey here about the downtown. It says the Town of Westport is engaged in an effort to create a Master Plan for Downtown that will guide how Downtown evolves in the future.

"The goal of the Plan is to ensure that Downtown Westport remains a vibrant, beautiful, and successful place that both residents and visitors can access and enjoy for its diverse entertainment, dining, shopping, civic and open space amenities and a place in which a variety of businesses can thrive," the study says. "At the same time, the Plan will respect Westport’s small town character and historical heritage." 

This survey will gather input from residents regarding the present and future of Downtown. 

To learn more about the plan, visit www.downtownwestportct.com.  

Bedford Middle School is located at 88 North Ave. in Westport. 

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