A public information meeting on the City of Derby’s Downtown Derby Revitalization Study will be held this coming Wednesday evening, 7 January 2015, at 6:30 PM, in the Joan Williamson Aldermanic Chambers of Derby City Hall, One Elizabeth Street, Derby, Connecticut. All are invited, and Derby residents and business owners are especially encouraged to attend.
Several consultants of CME Associates, Inc., which has been engaged by the City of Derby to perform this study, under a Vibrant Communities Initiative grant from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, will be presenting their latest findings.
The Vibrant Communities Initiative assists municipalities in creating redevelopment plans for their underutilized historic buildings, in a manner that benefits economic and community growth, while preserving and enhancing the historic character of these properties and their neighborhoods.
Derby received its Vibrant Communities Initiative grant in late 2013, and the study was launched last March, guided by a steering committee comprising a number of local residents and business owners. A single, historic downtown property was finally selected for pro-forma analysis and an assessment of its preservation/ redevelopment/ re-utilization potential.
The desired outcome of all this is a successful showcase study that demonstrates the economic viability of historically-sensitive redevelopment, and as such, would hopefully encourage many of Derby’s downtown building owners to consider similar strategies for their own properties.
Hope to see you Wednesday night!