Timely Topics:

Windsor’s Broad Street Green:  Past, Present, and Future

May 25       7pm - 8:30pm


Broad Street Green has served as Windsor’s main economic and social hub for 150 years.  As its uses have shifted, older buildings have made way for newer ones, sometimes not without protest.  Green space for public gatherings and cultural programming has been preserved and enhanced with plantings, a fountain, seating, and sculpture.   Organizations like First Town Downtown and Windsor Chamber of Commerce’s new Economic Development Commission have been formed to promote the viability of our town center.  On Tuesday, May 25th, at 7 p.m., Windsor Historical Society invites you to attend a panel presentation and community discussion on the history, viability, and future of our Broad Street Green. This program is part of the Society’s widely acclaimed “Timely Topics” series which takes issues of contemporary concern and infuses historical perspective.


The panelists include Jim Burke, Economic Development Director for the Town of Windsor, Jay Carmon from First Town Downtown’s Board of Directors, Harry Freeman, Consultant  -- Real Estate and Business Development, Helen Higgins, Executive Director of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, Patrick Pinnell, architect, planner and columnist for New Urban News , John Simone, President & CEO of the Connecticut Main Street Center and Sharran Selig Bennett, President of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Commission.  Meg Enkler, local environmental educator and Director of Dinosaur State Park will moderate the discussion.


Panelists will present national, statewide and local perspectives on what makes town centers viable.  Big fixes and small fixes for town center viability such as planning and zoning, signage, murals, and community programming will be discussed.  How can economic development successfully align with preservation?  What funding sources are available?  What ideas from prior plans for Windsor’s town center are worth re-examining? What past, present and future economic, planning and preservation issues affect Windsor’s Broad Street Green? These are all questions to be addressed by the panelists. 


It will be equally important to hear thoughts from audience members about how Broad Street Green should look and function as we move towards the future.  So bring questions, comments, concerns, solutions to Windsor Historical Society on May 25th!


Cost for the program is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and $4 for Windsor Historical Society members.  Parking is available in the Windsor Discovery Center and First Church parking lots and around Palisado Green.  To receive e-reminders for public programs, please send your e-mail address to jalberti@windsorhistoricalsociety.org.




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