UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Fairfield Seeks Grant to Extend Post Road Streetscape

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fairfield Seeks Grant to Extend Post Road Streetscape

A more pedestrian-, visitor-, and business-friendly Fairfield Center could be on its way, should the town be awarded a grant from the state.
Mark Barnhart, Fairfield’s director of community economic development, intends to submit an application for a $500,000 grant from Connecticut's Main Street Investment Fund. The money would go extending the Post Road's streetscape further west, from Thorpe Street to South Pine Creek Road.
The project includes improving sidewalks and curbing, installing pedestrian ramps, decorative brick pavers, ornamental streetlights, benches, and other street furniture. Survey, design, and construction administration is expected to be performed in-house by the Department of Public Works and capital costs will be covered by the grant, according to Barnhart.
Should Fairfield be granted only a portion of the $500,000, the project will be scaled down accordingly, Barnhart told the Representative Town Meeting Monday. If Fairfield is not granted any money, "we will try, try again," Barnhart said.
The Board of Selectmen signed off on the application earlier this month. The RTM did the same Monday, but not without some discussion.
RTM member Michael Herley, R-1, identified another area of the Post Road "that needs rehabilitation."
He pointed out the portion of the Post Road entering Southport. Fellow member Eric Sundman, R-1, agreed that the area near Athena Diner "is a mess."
But Barnhart explained that in order to apply for the grant, a municipality has to submit an improvement plan that has already been endorsed by the town's governing body. The Thorpe Street to South Pine Creek Road area is included in the Fairfield Center's Improvement Plan, which was created in 1984, approved, and updated for the current application.READ MORE: http://fairfield.patch.com/articles/fairfield-seeks-grant-to-improve-post-road-streetscape#comments_list

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